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Remember that “UFO” spotted in June? Well, here it is in daylight

Remember that “UFO” spotted in June? Well, here it is in daylight

Not so much little green men as no men at all: the craft that triggered 911 calls and Twitter furore after being mistaken for a UFO back in June has been put on show by the US Navy, a human-made drone rather than ET's escape pod. The X-47B is a new, experimental unmanned aircraft the Navy has admitted, with a spokesperson telling Fox 5 that while the stealth aircraft wasn't meant to be a secret, the team "all got a laugh" after it was confused for something extraterrestrial while being transported on a truck two months ago.

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Drone hacking by UT researchers catches Feds off guard

Drone hacking by UT researchers catches Feds off guard

About a month ago, a group of researchers from the University of Texas from the UT Radionavigation Laboratory demonstrated to the military and other US officials how a hacker could completely take control of an automated drone operating within US airspace. The demonstration exposed a very serious flaw in plans to allow the civilian operation of drone aircraft within US airspace.

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Air Force X-37B returned to Earth over the weekend

Air Force X-37B returned to Earth over the weekend

The United States Air Force has announced that early the morning of June 16 its unmanned, reusable space plane called the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle landed after spending 469 days in orbit. The Air Force says that the vehicle spent its time in orbit conducting onboard experiments and its primary mission of checking out the vehicle itself. This is one of two space vehicles the Air Force operates.

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Navy ships getting 4G LTE makeovers

Navy ships getting 4G LTE makeovers

Being in the Navy is no easy task. There is no shortage of things to discuss when thinking about things the brave men and women have to endure on a daily basis, but one that can't be discounted is the utter lack of personal communications while they are out at sea. Until now, it a sailor wants to check their email, stream video, or do anything for personal use, they're lucky if they get low-end dial-up speeds. That's about to change.

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Special optics for the iPhone/iPad add military grade night vision for special ops

Special optics for the iPhone/iPad add military grade night vision for special ops

The military has been testing the use of off-the-shelf smartphones and tablets for a while. The idea is a smartphone like the iPhone or a tablet such as the iPad can be used to run specialized applications for military personnel that will allow them to get improved intelligence when they need it. A company called Special Operations Apps has announced an interesting new attachment for the iPhone and iPad to military-grade optics called the [SOA]2.

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Sea Shadow stealth boat goes up for auction

Sea Shadow stealth boat goes up for auction

The US Navy is auctioning off the stealth boat that provided the inspiration for the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, though the buyer must break the ship down for scrap rather than stage any clandestine raids. Sea Shadow was a 1983 project into marine stealth technology that, for almost ten years, covertly sailed the oceans without nary a blip on radar screens. However, after hopes of donating the ship to a museum failed, the Navy decided scrapping it was the only way to dispose of it.

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AT&T unlocking iPhones for military personnel

AT&T unlocking iPhones for military personnel

AT&T recently began unlocking iPhones for customers who have either purchased their devices off-contract or have fulfilled their contract terms. However, MacRumors has learned that the carrier has quietly begun extending the iPhone unlocking service to active-duty military personnel even if they are still under contract.

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Navy deploys robot helicopters to spot pirates

Navy deploys robot helicopters to spot pirates

The US Navy is planning to deploy robot helicopters to help scan the seas for pirates. The Office of Naval Research recently detailed the new system it calls Multi-Mode Sensor Seeker (MMSS), which involves high-definition cameras and sensors along with 3D imaging laser-radar, or LADAR, technology.

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Liquid body armor more effective than Kevlar

Liquid body armor more effective than Kevlar

Kevlar and ceramic body armor can potentially stop a bullet and prevent the death of a soldier, but tends to be bulky and restricts movement. Certain types of armaments can also pierce Kevlar. Defense contractors have been searching for a way to make armor lighter and provide additional protection, and a new method involving liquids could do just that.

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