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The BBC recently reported that unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) are patrolling the streets in Tunisia to monitor and help enforce social isolation rules. These robots, called PGuards, are controlled by human operators remotely and ask pedestrians if they are adhering to the North African nation’s coronavirus restrictions.

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To address the surge in global demand for Titan systems, Citadel has expanded their manufacturing capabilities in San Diego, CA to support production of up to 50 Titan systems a month. The company uses U.S. suppliers with over 70% of components being sourced locally in Southern California in order to improve responsiveness when executing on urgent customer requests. The Citadel Defense Titan system, which is depicted as a virtual protective dome, detects approaching drones and classifies whether there is a single unit or a swarm, and reports this in real time to its operators, which can be military, governmental or commercial users. The Titan CUAS system autonomously clears the Warfighter's airspace, allowing them to focus on the mission at hand. The system uses sophisticated electronic countermeasures to induce an intruding drone to land or return to its home base. Enabling technologies include a mix of machine learning algorithms, artificial intelligence and “software defined hardware technology” that rapidly identify airborne intruders, reportedly before they pose a threat.

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The highly-maneuverable, turtle-like robot called "U-CAT" was originally designed as a maritime archaeological tool to investigate, film and record data on shipwrecks. The name is an acronym that derives from a Facebook contest winner: Underwater Curious Archaeology Turtle. U-CAT is now showing great promise for salmon-farming in offshore Norwegian waters. Unlike human divers using thruster-driven robots, the U-CAT, apparently owing to its small size and slow movements, does not disturb farmed salmon.

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The 2022 mission of the ExoMars programme will deliver a European rover, Rosalind Franklin, and a Russian surface platform, Kazachok, to the surface of Mars. A Proton rocket will be used to launch the mission, which will arrive at Mars after a nine-month journey. The ExoMars rover will travel across the Martian surface to search for signs of life. It will collect samples with a drill and analyse them with next-generation instruments.

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Carnegie Mellon University
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March 25, 2020

Pandemic Response Requires “Dull, Dirty, Dangerous” Jobs Suited For Robots
PITTSBURGH—Robots could perform some of the “dull, dirty and dangerous” jobs associated with combating the COVID-19 pandemic, but that would require many new capabilities not currently being funded or developed, an editorial in the journal Science Robotics argues. The editorial, published today and signed by leading academic researchers including Carnegie Mellon University’s Howie Choset, said robots conceivably could perform such tasks as disinfecting surfaces, taking temperatures of people in public areas or at ports of entry, providing social support for quarantined patients, collecting nasal and throat samples for testing, and enabling people to virtually attend conferences and exhibitions.

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