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Drone drama as British military admits hundreds of lost UAVs

Drone drama as British military admits hundreds of lost UAVs

Over 400 drones ranging from palm-sized helicopters to a $16m combat-capable Reaper have been lost in action, blown up, or simply stopped working over the past five years, the British military has admitted. The Ministry of Defence has not put a final total on how much the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) deployment, which has taken place in Afghanistan and Iraq, has cost, but a new report on drone incidents has detailed the breadth of losses involved, the Guardian reports.

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Pentagon deems interceptor missile test a success

Pentagon deems interceptor missile test a success

Over the weekend, a test was conducted on a Boeing designed ground-based defense system designed to protect the United States from ballistic missile attacks. The Pentagon has deemed the missile interceptor test a success. The test involved launching a three-stage interceptor from a silo located on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Microsoft scores $617 million contract with Department of Defense

Microsoft scores $617 million contract with Department of Defense

Microsoft has scored a $617 million contract with the Department of Defense, something it touts as the most comprehensive agreement it has ever formed with the Defense Department. Under the agreement, the Air Force, Army, and Defense Information Systems Agency will have access to Microsoft products including Windows 8. Says the announcement, this agreement covers almost 75-percent of the Defense Department's personnel.

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Alta Devices unveils world’s lightest solar charging mats, aims them at the military

Alta Devices unveils world’s lightest solar charging mats, aims them at the military

Alta Devices has announced "the future of mobile power," claiming to have the world's lightest, most high-density military solar charging mats. Such technology has the potential to change a soldier's every day life, with about a third of their very heavy loads - which can exceed 100 pounds - being caused by batteries. By using their charging mats, Alta Devices claims to be able to reduce pack load weight by 25lbs.

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DARPA is working on 100 Gbps wireless technology with 120-mile range

DARPA is working on 100 Gbps wireless technology with 120-mile range

DARPA works with some the most insanely cool projects for the military and other uses in the world. Some of the coolest projects that DARPA works on have to do with robotics and aircraft, but DARPA has many other projects in the works as well. One of those other projects is work that recently began on the development of a wireless communication system capable of 100 Gbps data transfers with a range of 124 miles.

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Air Force launches X-37B space plane as part of classified mission

Air Force launches X-37B space plane as part of classified mission

Yesterday, we reported that the United States Air Force was planning a rather mysterious launch of the X-37B mini shuttle. There's no info on what the space plane is harboring or how long it will be floating around space, although rumor has it the classified mission involves spy satellite sensor testing. The launch was initially slated for earlier this year, but was delayed due to safety concerns.

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X-37B Air Force space plane set for mysterious Dec 11 blast-off

X-37B Air Force space plane set for mysterious Dec 11 blast-off

US Air Force robo-space plane X-37B will begin its third mission on Tuesday,it's been confirmed, finally taking a classified payload into Earth orbit after having been delayed by launch rocket safety testing. The flight of the mysterious plane - also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV-3 - was intended to take place earlier this year, but plans were frozen after a Delta 4 rocket fault back in October. Exactly what the X-36B is carrying, and how long it will be in orbit for, are unclear.

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Live USA Map of Unmanned Drones released by EEF

Live USA Map of Unmanned Drones released by EEF

The term "unmanned aerial drone" might strike a bit of fear into your heart when you see the live tracking map of the USA that's been made available this week by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but not to worry - not all of them are flying overhead right this minute. Instead this is a map that's the result of the EEF's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that covers the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)'s full knowledge of unmanned flights across the United States and what you're looking at is a tracking of project licenses rather than actually flying objects. That said, this map is exciting in its coverage for our greater understanding of unmanned drone flight projects as initiated by state and local law agencies, universities, and US Military operations.

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