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US Navy launches MUOS-3 satellite to support ground troops

US Navy launches MUOS-3 satellite to support ground troops

The launch of the third Mobile User Object Satellite or MUOS-3 may be downplayed by some because of its purpose of assisting, and therefore furthering, warfighting but the moment is also of significance to rocket science and engineering. The satellite has so far been the heaviest payload that the Altas V launch system has ever had to carry, testifying to the system's capability and the rocket's durability. It also marked the 200th launch of the Centaur upper stage on the Atlas in it's nearly 50 year run.

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British Army uses Oculus Rift for recruitment with virtual tank

British Army uses Oculus Rift for recruitment with virtual tank

Virtual reality headsets are still a little ways out from reaching mainstream consumer adoption, but they're certainly finding use in more and more unexpected places. For example: The British Army has begun a new recruitment drive that uses the Oculus Rift to put users inside a tank during a live fire exercise. The headset is just part of an elaborate set up that aims to have people feel like they are truly riding in a heavily armored vehicle. The first such recruitment demonstrations for the public began on Friday in London.

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Official Navy SEAL training & fitness app ranks you against the elite

Official Navy SEAL training & fitness app ranks you against the elite

Thinking of joining the U.S. armed forces with the hopes of becoming a candidate for the Navy SEAL program? Or just in fit condition and looking for a new challenge? The Official Navy SEAL Training app for iPhone is probably what you're looking for then, allowing you to test yourself against the actual physical screening test that SEAL candidates must pass to even be accepted into the program.

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Video: Navy tests awesome new Laser Cannon at sea

Video: Navy tests awesome new Laser Cannon at sea

The United States Navy has massive weapons. Big, booming guns that can destroy all kinds of things, and their latest is equally impressive, save for its ability to pinpoint its target. As you’ll see in the video below, the Navy’s new laser cannon is really powerful, but can pick a small target out. The new Laser Weapon System, or LaWS, is currently being tested, and if the video below is proof if its prowess, we’re not sure how much cooler it can get. Well, we have one idea.

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Railgun being proposed for future Army vehicles

Railgun being proposed for future Army vehicles

What will the fighting vehicles of the future look like? Lasers — lots of lasers. Well, if BAE Systems has anything to say about it, we’ll have lasers everywhere. We’ve already heard of Navy trials for testing railguns, and now BAE wants to implement them onto future Army vehicles as well. At a conference last week, BAE proposed a host of options to Army brass regarding weaponizing the combat vehicles of the future. A railgun may suit their needs, and let’s face it — it’s the coolest option around.

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US Navy deploys ship with laser weapon to Persian Gulf

US Navy deploys ship with laser weapon to Persian Gulf

The US Navy has deployed a ship to the Persian Gulf called the USS Ponce. The USS Ponce is an amphibious transport dock ship and it is carrying with it the first laser weapon sent into trails on an active duty warship. The laser weapon is effective against numerous targets, including Iranian gunboats. The laser is a 30-kilowatt class weapon and has been aboard the ship since August.

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DARPA turns its attention to atom-wide brain sensors

DARPA turns its attention to atom-wide brain sensors

DARPA, known half-jokingly as the Department of Mad Scientists, has again turned its attention to the human brain, this time hoping to expand our insight into it and its structure through the use of incredibly tiny (read: atom-sized) graphene sensors. It detailed its latest effort on Monday, explaining its work in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin at Madison to create a new form of technology for peering into how the brain functions. This is done as part of President Obama's brain initiative, says the research agency.

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iRobot announces new OS for more autonomous military robots

iRobot announces new OS for more autonomous military robots

iRobot, most known to consumers as the company that makes the popular automated vacuum cleaner Roomba, has announced a new operating system that can improve autonomous robots used by the military and in disaster situations. Through the use of an Android app, iRobot hopes to allow military robots to better think on their own, requiring less human time at the controls.

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Soft Exosuit gets DARPA favor, will give soldiers superhuman legs

Soft Exosuit gets DARPA favor, will give soldiers superhuman legs

DARPA has shelled out a large grant for the Soft Exosuit, something referred to as a "wearable robot" by Harvard. The Soft Exosuit is designed to be worn under clothes, targeted specifically at soldiers, allowing wearers to walk farther distances without getting as tired as they would without aid.

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DARPA’s ElectRx program: micro devices to make self-healing soldiers

DARPA’s ElectRx program: micro devices to make self-healing soldiers

DARPA, often in the public eye due to its extensive robotics efforts, has turned its sights towards the human body with its ElectRx program. Standing for Electrical Prescriptions, ElectRx is an effort to create what amounts to self-healing soldiers using a "closed-loop system."

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US blasts China over reckless jet stunt

US blasts China over reckless jet stunt

The US Department of Defense has accused China of reckless and potentially deadly flying, after a Chinese fighter jet came within 20 feet of a US Navy plane over the Pacific Ocean. The close-quarters flight took place on August 19th, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, with the Chinese jet making a point of flaunting its weapons to the American surveillance plane.

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Incredible Ghost boat is perfect Bond villain runabout

Incredible Ghost boat is perfect Bond villain runabout

It looks like a half-submerged X-Wing, or maybe a Star Trek Shuttle, but it's actually Ghost, one American start-up's vision for what an attack helicopter designed for the navy might look like. Mustering 4,000 HP from two engines on the end of powered legs, Ghost promises to whip across the ocean in a supercavitation bubble, avoiding radar and with a silky smooth ride for the crew inside.

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