Stratosmith Technologies to attend 2014 AUVSI Unmanned Systems Expo

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Stratosmith Technologies will be attending the 2014 AUVSI Unmanned Systems Event in Orlando, Florida, from May 11-15. This exciting industry event encompasses businesses, research, and technology across all aspects of unmanned systems, including robotics, aerospace vehicles, and underwater systems. Of note is the 2014 Unmanned Systems Demonstration to be held at the NASA Kennedy Space Center on May 11. Dozens of unmanned air and ground vehicles and systems will be demonstrated at this first of its kind event!

Find out more about the show at and feel free to contact us to schedule a meeting at the show to add Stratosmith’s mechanical engineering expertise to your unmanned systems project.

RECAP: AUVSI Unmanned Systems Event

UAV_AgricultureWe had a great time at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems Event in Jacksonville, FL. Several professionals from the broad spectrum of UAV manufacturers, integrators, and end users spoke on the myriad applications of unmanned aircraft systems. UAVs are certainly much more than tools for military or law enforcement use as is commonly seen in movies and video games. In fact, some of the first UAVs built in the mid-1990s were for locating offshore tuna schools to maximize fishing yields.

New uses of UAVs to support agricultural endeavors, such as monitoring crops for disease, stress, growth, and yields, are bringing powerful technology into the hands of farmers and researchers. Did you know that several types of tree increase their canopy temperature by 1-2 degrees when stressed from lack of water? This is the first symptom of stress, before wilting leaves or any other visual clue, and perceivable by a UAV with an infrared camera flying over the field. Irrigation can be modified prior to any additional stress or damage to the plant, since the watering issue can be detected prior to any visual sign of distress.

The field of UAV research is much broader than aerodynamics or aviation applications. UAV and other autonomous systems are versatile and innovative platforms for numerous technologies across industries and disciplines, and an exciting area for research, development, and commercial opportunities.



Stratosmith Technologies to attend DARPA Robotics Challenge 2013

Robot wavingWe will be attending the 2013 DARPA Robotics Challenge in Homestead, FL on December 20, 2013. Robots (and their humans) from around the world will be competing for a $2 Million prize. The Challenge: demonstrate the dexterity, ruggedness, mobility, and intelligence of partially autonomous robots in disaster recovery and situations too hazardous for humans to successfully operate.

Find out more about the challenge here:

Admission is free and open to the public. Come out for a day and see some of the world’s most innovative robots compete in person. We hope to see you there!

Stratosmith Technologies to attend Unmanned Systems event in Jacksonville, FL

Robot_HandshakeWe will be attending the AUVSI Unmanned Systems event in Jacksonville, Florida on December 17, 2013. Presentations and panelists will be discussing the role of robots and other unmanned systems in disaster response, public service, agricultural, marine, and commercial applications.

Learn more about the Unmanned Systems event here:


Robotics Spotlight: Making Robots Walk

There is an incredible amount of research and development in the world of robotics towards engineering walking robots. Robots with legs are a creative technical solution to the problems faced by most robots using wheels or treads: limited or no mobility over rough obstacles and uneven terrain. As robotic technology advances and new applications are developed, the need for rugged systems able to traverse complex terrain increases. Composite materials are used to make lightweight, robust, and strong robotic structures and components, enabling varying properties to be engineered into different locations of individual parts, a characteristic of many biomechanical structures. Bipedal or quadrupedal locomotion is effective in dealing with obstacles and variable terrain, and the biomechanical structures and processes present in humans and animals are providing valuable clues towards engineering walking robots.

Check out Oregon State University’s walking robot research here: