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RQ-180 Stealth Drone revealed as US Air Force targets hostile skies

RQ-180 Stealth Drone revealed as US Air Force targets hostile skies

Forget Amazon delivery drones; the US Air Force's latest unmanned stealth craft has reportedly already taken to the skies, potentially capable of mounting clandestine electronic warfare in enemy territory. The drone, believed to be the RQ-180 and made as part of a potentially $2bn project by Northrop Grumman, is already running test flights ahead of full operations by 2015, it's reported, and be focused on missions in airspace where the US Air Force's existing, less stealthy unmanned craft cannot go.

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US Army to deploy remote-controlled robotic infantry in the field within 5 years?

US Army to deploy remote-controlled robotic infantry in the field within 5 years?

The US Army could incorporate armed robots in the field within the next five years, according to a report by Computerworld. A recent demonstration at Fort Benning by four robotics companies showed mechanized infantry eliminating targets from 150 meters away. Military strategists were satisfied with the demonstration. As Lt. Col. Willie Smith put it: "We were pleased with what we saw here. The technology is getting to be where it needs to be."

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TALOS: real Iron Man being built by the US Army

TALOS: real Iron Man being built by the US Army

The real-deal Iron Patriot may be closer to reality than we think. In a revelation that somehow escaped the eyes of the press (including ours) for months, a May 28th release from the United States Army suggests that their researchers are working on a request from SOCOM - the U.S. Special Operations Command for technologies. This request was made for a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS.

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US Army makes another video game public with Proving Grounds

US Army makes another video game public with Proving Grounds

In the game America's Army: Proving Grounds, the actual real-deal United States Army has commissioned yet another shooting game for the public. This game is not the first - and it wont be the last - game created for the Army to show off what it might be like to be a member of their ranks, and it's being released in Beta mode to Steam this week. This game is entirely free to download, free to play, and aims to display small unit tactical maneuvers and training "that reflects the current day Army."

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US Navy makes history with first drone takeoff from aircraft carrier

US Navy makes history with first drone takeoff from aircraft carrier

As drones become more controversial, the government is digging deeper into the technology to make it more useful. Case in point: the US Navy make history by developing a specialized drone that can takeoff and land from and aircraft carrier. The X-47B, as it's called, is in its prototype stages, and it marked the first time that an unmanned aerial vehicle has taken off from an aircraft carrier.

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NASA taps US Marines for Dragon Eye volcano flight

NASA taps US Marines for Dragon Eye volcano flight

When NASA aims to hit a volcano to study its fabulous plumes of heated debris, they do it in style: with a set of Dragon Eye unmanned aerial vehicles. The mission NASA rolled with three Aerovironment RQ-14 Dragon Eye UAVs from the United States Marine Corps (USMC), these vehicles issued via the General Services Administration’s San Francisco office. It was NASA’s Ames Research Center, at Moffett Field, California that negotiated the transfer, and the Turrialba Volcano, near San Jose, Costa Rica, that they've flown over.

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Researchers develop world’s thinnest invisibility cloak

Researchers develop world’s thinnest invisibility cloak

Researchers have created what some are dubbing the real-world equivalent of Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, which measures in at just 0.15mm thin, a far cry from the bulky invisibility devices that have been created in the past. In addition, rather than using metamaterials like other invisibility cloaks, this one is made from copper and polycarbonate.

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