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An impressive roster of projects and awards highlights NREC's mission to "engineer the future of robotics." From a first-place win at DARPA's Urban Challenge, to the innovative Autonomous Platform Demonstrator (APD) vehicle, to the world's best operator assistance and autonomy systems, NREC constantly pushes the boundaries of what's possible.

Laser Coating Removal Tartan Rescue Team Cargo UGV
LS3 Perception Stress Testing Autonomous Systems Crusher
Off-Road Autonomy (UPI) Autonomous Platform Demonstrator (APD) Black Knight
NREC Defense Projects Video (popup) Unmanned Ground Vehicles (PDF) Autonomous Systems (PDF)


3D Visualization for EOD Robots
Autonomous Manipulation (ARM-S)
Autonomy & Control (RVCA)
Black Knight
Dragon Runner
Driver Awareness (DACD)
Enhanced Teleop (Mini SACR)
Enhanced Teleop (SACR)
EOD Robot Operator Assist
GPS-Free Positioning (MINT)
Hopping Robots (RATS)
Hybrid Safety System
Infantry Support (TUGV)
Learning Robots (LAGR)
Mini Crusher
Negative Obstacle Detection
Safety for UGVs
Spinner (UGCV)
Sweep Monitoring
Teleoperation Booth
Urban Challenge


Robotic Simulation (RSS)

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The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), and NREC are developing an environmentally friendly system to remove coatings from U.S. Air Force aircraft through funding from Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC). The DARPA Robotics Challenge intends to jump-start development of robots that can respond to disasters – both man-made and natural.  Robots that compete in the DRC are designed to work in dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments. NREC is teaming with Oshkosh Defense to develop autonomous unmanned ground vehicle technologies for logistics tactical wheeled vehicles used by the US Marine Corps. NREC’s sensor system for DARPA’s Legged Squad Support System (LS3) enables LS3 to perceive its surroundings and autonomously track and follow a human leader. Stress Tests for Autonomy Architectures (STAA) finds autonomy system safety problems that are unlikely to be discovered by other types of tests. NREC designed and developed the Crusher vehicle to support the UPI program's rigorous field experimentation schedule. The UPI program improved the speed, reliability, and autonomy of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) operating in extreme off-road terrain. The Autonomous Platform Demonstrator (APD) will develop, integrate and test next-generation unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technologies. NREC developed sensing, teleoperation and autonomy packages for BAE Systems' Black Knight, a prototype unmanned ground combat vehicle (UGCV).