Raytheon Acquired Sarcos' Robotics technology

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Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has acquired the robotics technologies and capabilities of Sarcos, a company specializing in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and robotics for the entertainment and medical industries. "We look forward to being part of the [Raytheon] IDS team," said Dr. Stephen Jacobsen, president of Sarcos. he added that by joining with Raytheon Sarcos will be better positioned to move our technology from research and development to execution." Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Joint Battlespace Integration. (More...)

Sarcos was incorporated in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1983 as an R&D company and is active in the field of robotics since 1992. Sarcos was one of two contractors pursuing DARPA's Exoskeleton program, a futuristic concept enabling warfighters to "run faster, leap further and carry up to 150 lbs or more".

This capability could enable soldiers operating at high risk conditions to carry significantly heavier body armor than is presently possible. Sarcos is expected to deliver a prototype exoskeleton for US Army testing by next year (2008). Following these tests, DARPA plans to transition the technology to the US Army PEO Soldier for further development.



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