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DARPA taps three companies to develop LongShot UAV missile concept

DARPA taps three companies to develop LongShot UAV missile concept

DARPA has announced the three companies it selected to develop concepts for its LongShot program. The agency didn't reveal the financial details for its selection, but did state that the contracts are for concepts on a UAV that would be launched in the air, after which point the drone would be able to launch its own air-to-air weapons.

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DARPA launches ENVision program to transform night vision goggles

DARPA launches ENVision program to transform night vision goggles

Night vision technology is nothing new, but despite modern innovations, the goggles remain fairly large and bulky. In addition to adding weight to a soldier's helmet and potentially putting a strain on their neck muscles, the goggles also have a small field of view, making it more tricky to evaluate one's surroundings. DARPA aims to change that.

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COVID-19 bill wants unclassified UFO report from UAP Task Force

COVID-19 bill wants unclassified UFO report from UAP Task Force

Much to the public's surprise, the vast COVID-19 relief and government funding bill recently signed by President Trump includes a countdown for unclassified UFO disclosure. The request is part of a committee comment connected to the Intelligence Authorization Act; it refers to what the government calls 'unidentified aerial phenomenon,' giving relevant authorities 180 days to put together the report.

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An Air Force AI controlled a U-2 spy plane for the first time

An Air Force AI controlled a U-2 spy plane for the first time

The United States military is investigating all sorts of uses of artificial intelligence, including controlling aircraft. On December 15, the United States Air Force allowed an artificial intelligence co-pilot to operate aboard a U-2 spy plane. The test was the first time in history that an AI flew aboard a military aircraft.

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United States Space Force reveals official name for troops

United States Space Force reveals official name for troops

The United States Space Force has announced that after a year-long process, it has finally determined the name that its troops will be known by. Space Force soldiers will be known as Guardians. The process to choose that name was a year-long and waded through hundreds of submissions from space professionals and members of the general public.

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DARPA Gremlins project closer than ever to grabbing drones in flight

DARPA Gremlins project closer than ever to grabbing drones in flight

DARPA has announced that its Gremlins project came closer than ever to snatching a drone out of the air. The series of flight tests kicked off in late October, with the most recent having taken place earlier this month. According to officials, the aircraft came within 'inches' of retrieving a Gremlins drone in flight.

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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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