military

  • Video: Lockheed’s “Samarai” Drone Spins Like A Maple Seed

    Video: Lockheed’s “Samarai” Drone Spins Like A Maple Seed

    Anyone who lives near a deciduous forest knows the joy of the maple seed, or as we called them when we were kids, helicopters. Their single wing spins the seed, slowing its descent — so why shouldn’t a similarly-designed wing be able to spin faster and actually fly upwards? Lockheed Martin has demonstrated a new drone platform, not quite a nano air vehicle but still simple and… Read More

  • Ultimate Surround Sound System Could Prepare Soldiers For Extreme Battlefield Noise

    It’s hard for me to imagine being in a firefight at all, let alone having to make tactical decisions and communicate with other soldiers over the roar of tanks, guns, jets, and explosions. But our troops do it every day — after they’ve gotten used to it, at least. It can be a bit disorientating at first, as you can imagine, and this project by a Missouri professor is intended… Read More

  • Bremont C17 Globemaster Watch For Military Pilots Only

    Here is a nice new piece from Bremont that you can’t get – at least not now. That isn’t to say the watch isn’t ready (because it is), but rather that you need to be among a select group of “pre-selected” military personnel to get one. The pieces will be highly limited as well. Each Bremont C17 Globemaster will be limited to just 50 pieces, and it comes in a… Read More

  • Military Advances Android Field Capabilities With JBC-P Program

    The future of on-the-ground military connectivity is a hot item these days; the systems used to keep track of soldiers, send secure communications, and so on, are showing their age… and weight. A unified platform for mapping, orders, requests, and so on is being sought with a fair amount of urgency, and Android has popped up as a fully-fledged system under consideration. Read More

  • Some Railgun Porn For Your Friday

    Back in December we heard about the “Mach 7″ railgun developed by the Navy. Looks like the private sector is hard at work on these things as well, as shown by this video. In fact, the two systems appear to be very similar: the “bullet” is flanked by a pair of break-away shells that help launch the payload properly. This one also shows the whole launch module more… Read More

  • "Condor" Supercomputer Made Of 1,716 PS3s Now Online

    Supercomputers are expensive to make no matter how you look at it. But if you use a whole bunch of PS3s, you can save over 10x the cost compared to this guy. The Condor project is a supercomputer made up of 1,716 PS3s for the Air Force’s image processing tasks and is considered one of the top forty fastest computers in the world. Its big task involves monitoring 15 square miles 24/7, but… Read More

  • Want: FirstLook Spy Robot (Video)

    iRobot recently introduced the 110 FirstLook robot designed for spying, scouting, and surveillance. FirstLook has four cameras, one on each side, giving the operator a 360-degree view around the robot (night vision mode included). The best part is that it’s super rugged and can survive 15 foot drops onto concrete. Read More

  • Sweet Winning DARPA Combat Vehicle Designs Shown Off


    Last month we mentioned how DARPA and Local Motors were trying out a crowdsourcing model for producing a concept combat vehicle. Well, the entries have been vetted and voted on, and they’ve put them into a nice gallery for you. They’re pretty awesome — kind of like the stuff I used to draw in school, but… you know, better. Here are the top 3 (more at Local Motors): Read More

  • 82nd Airborne Tests Out Special Android Build In Field Test

    It looks like the U.S. Military has embraced the smartphone era. A recent field test at Fort Bragg saw members of the 82nd Airborne Division using customized smartphones running customized versions of Android. To what end? One app gives soldiers a GPS-assisted map of the area, while another lets them send photos and other relevant information back and forth. Read More

  • U.S. Air Force Prepares For Second X-37B Launch

    What is the U.S. Air Force doing up there? The mysterious X-37B spacecraft will begin its second voyage on Friday, provided the weather cooperates. It’s not the same exact spacecraft that went up last April, but it’s the same model. The Air Force has classified the activities of the spacecraft, so unless we have another Wikileaks we’ll have no idea what it’s doing up there. Read More

  • DARPA's Hummingbot UAV Now Looks Like A Hummingbird, Flies For 10 Minutes

    Okay, this is pretty amazing, but also pretty scary. The DARPA “Nano-UAV” project we’ve covered here before is entering the uncanny valley. The aim was to create a small, winged robot that could hover in one place, perhaps providing video or carrying some tiny payload. The previous versions were very robotic-looking and could barely stay in the air for more than a few… Read More

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