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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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USA Nuclear Drones capable of ‘months’ of flight

USA Nuclear Drones capable of ‘months’ of flight

American scientists are announcing this week that they've got plans to release new unmanned aircraft with capabilities for months of flight without refueling. These new drones would be nuclear-powered and will be developed by Sandia National Laboratories - this being the US government's principal research and development agency. They're also working with defense contractor Northrop Grumman, who are the ones who specifically noted that these drones will have an increased flying time over previous models "from days to months", this including more power for operating equipment as well.

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Epic Games behind FBI and Army training games

Epic Games behind FBI and Army training games

Epic Games has revealed that it is licensing its Unreal Engine 3 to the FBI, the Army, and other government agencies. This is the same engine behind popular massive multiplayer games, such as Gears of War and Mass Effect. It will be put to use for developing training games that involve medical, decision-making, and crime scene simulations.

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