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US Army explores drone-like designs for quieter stealth helicopters

US Army explores drone-like designs for quieter stealth helicopters

The US Army is has prioritized the development of a quieter helicopter design that will enable it to operate these vehicles for surveillance and cargo transportation without the noise of traditional helicopters. The military has zeroed in on eVTOL tech as its potential solution, meaning future Army helicopters may resemble drones.

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Cat-like AGRO robot always lands on its wheels

Cat-like AGRO robot always lands on its wheels

One of the challenges emergency response workers face when trying to deploy a robot into a hazardous setting is getting the robot where it needs to be. Sometimes it's best to throw a robot into a debris-filled room or building, but robots have to be on their wheels or treads, or they're not functional. Researchers have developed a robot known as AGRO that can be thrown into an environment and always lands on its wheels.

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Nuke transporter slammed with rocket-powered semi-truck to test durability

Nuke transporter slammed with rocket-powered semi-truck to test durability

If you're transporting a nuclear weapon on public roads, it's probably a good idea to make sure the transporter can protect the weapon in the event of a wreck. What better way to test this durability than to slam a truck into the transporter? By strapping rockets onto the truck before launching it into the semi transporter. The crash test was conducted at full scale by Sandia National Laboratories using a rocket sled track.

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Elon Musk is working on a rocket that can deliver weapons anywhere in the world

Elon Musk is working on a rocket that can deliver weapons anywhere in the world

The United States military has teamed up with Elon Musk and the company he heads, SpaceX. The goal of the tie-up is to build a rocket capable of delivering weapons anywhere on the globe in an hour. The benefits of quickly delivering weapons and other cargo anywhere on the planet very quickly are readily apparent.

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US Army dogs get AR goggle prototype for safer scouting missions

US Army dogs get AR goggle prototype for safer scouting missions

The United States Army Research Laboratory's Research Office has provided funds under the Small Business Innovation Program to develop prototype AR goggles for dogs. The project aims to provide technology that makes for safer canine scouting missions by enabling human handlers to better communicate with their dogs remotely. Among other things, the goggles enable humans to see exactly what the dog is seeing.

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USAF’s new eSeries classification is for digitally designed aircraft

USAF’s new eSeries classification is for digitally designed aircraft

The United States Air Force has introduced a new classification for hardware that it says refers to its 'digital future.' Called the 'eSeries,' this classification refers to aircraft that is digitally engineered and virtually tested well before the first physical prototype is created, a 'paradigm shift' that is particularly important during the pandemic. The classification will apply to the very first USAF aircraft that was designed with the digital-first approach: Boeing's eT-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer.

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Lockheed Martin tapped to design large autonomous ships for US Navy

Lockheed Martin tapped to design large autonomous ships for US Navy

The United States Navy has tapped Lockheed Martin to study the potential for large autonomous ships that will be able to operate for long periods of time at sea without any human crew members. The company is now the main contractor behind the US Navy's Large Unmanned Surface Vessel (LUSV) competition, joining multiple other companies in working toward the eventual development and launch of a large autonomous ship.

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US Army gets its first AMPV vehicle to replace Vietnam War-era M113s

US Army gets its first AMPV vehicle to replace Vietnam War-era M113s

BAE Systems has announced the completion of the first Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) built for the United States Army, ones that will, over time, replace the Army's M113s from the Vietnam War era. According to BAE Systems, the first of its AMPV production models has left the line and was, as of September 1, scheduled to be delivered to the military. The company has developed five different variants of the vehicle.

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DARPA says Gremlins X-61A UAS drone ‘beautifully’ passed second test

DARPA says Gremlins X-61A UAS drone ‘beautifully’ passed second test

DARPA says its Gremlins Air Vehicle X-61A 'beautifully' passed its second round of testing, paving the way for airborne recovery tests scheduled to take place later on this year. The second flight test took place at the US Army Dugway Proving Ground in Utah and involved a series of demonstrations, including autonomous formation station-keeping and rendezvous, testing of its recovery system, and more.

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US DoD reveals official task force to investigate UFOs after releasing videos

US DoD reveals official task force to investigate UFOs after releasing videos

The United States Department of Defense has announced the official formation of a task force dedicated to investigating unknown aerial phenomena (UAPs), historically referred to as UFOs. The announcement comes only weeks after the government confirmed the validity of and officially released multiple videos from fighter jets showcasing UFOs. In more recent days, interest in the topic was also spurred by a comment about 'off-world vehicles not made on this Earth.'

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DARPA virtual dogfight will include battle between AI and human pilot

DARPA virtual dogfight will include battle between AI and human pilot

DARPA has revealed its plans for the final of three AlphaDogfight Trials, a competition that will -- this time around -- take place entirely online. Anyone will be able to register and stream the competition, giving them a chance to see the latest and greatest artificial intelligence algorithms compete against each other in fighter jets, as well as against a human fighter pilot who will use a simulator.

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US Army’s latest AI system lets humans and robots have conversations

US Army’s latest AI system lets humans and robots have conversations

The United States Army has detailed the development of a new dialogue system that enables humans and robots to hold conversations. The new systems enable 'fluid communication' between soldiers and AI, according to the US Army, which refers to its new capability as Joint Understanding and Dialogue Interface (JUDI). By enabling conversations between humans and machines, officials say the two will be able to work together 'at operational speeds.'

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