State Police Receive New Prototype Robot at Logan Airport from Local Company
- Congresswoman Niki Tsongas
- Brian Hart, President, Black-I Robotics, Inc.
- Thomas Kinton, CEO Massport
- Lieutenant Steve Hines, State Police Logan Airport
WHAT: State Police and Massport will hold a press conference to announce receipt of an advanced robot from Black-I Robotics of Tyngsboro. The event will include comments by the above speakers, photo opportunities and a demonstration. This acquisition was made possible by Rep. Niki Tsongas from the MA-5th Congressional District. The unmanned ground vehicle will be dedicated to Lt. Derek Hines who was killed in action in Afghanistan.
WHEN: 10 a.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2010
WHERE: Logan Airport Delta Hanger
Service Road next to State Police Barracks
Across from T Station
- This robot is dedicated to US Army 1LT Derek S. Hines who was killed in action in Afghanistan on September 1, 2005 at age 25. Derek was an Army Ranger with the 173 rd Airborne Brigade and a 2003 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
- Mass. State Police Lieutenant Steve Hines, Father of 1LT Derek Hines, will receive the dedication and is stationed at Logan. His family has requested that the robot be named the "Black Knight" after the West Point hockey team for which Derek played.
- Brian Hart's son, PFC John D. Hart, also with the 173 rd Airborne Brigade, was killed in action in Iraq 2003.
- Brian and his brother Richard Hart founded Black-I Robotics nearly 5 years ago to manufacture robust affordable unmanned ground vehicles to replace men in dangerous situations.