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Quadruped robot gets fitted with a precision rifle

Quadruped robot gets fitted with a precision rifle

Some people may find quadruped robots, which look sort of like a headless dog, cute, but many find them more than a little creepy. If you're among those who find the robot creepy when shuffling around the environment, the new weaponized robot from Sword Defense Systems won't help you sleep any better at night. The platform is a Ghost Robotics robot fitted with a sniper rifle, called the Vision 60.

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Robotic dogs get their own remote-controlled night vision sniper rifle

Robotic dogs get their own remote-controlled night vision sniper rifle

Robotic dogs now have their own sniper rifle, hinting at the future of autonomous and remote-controlled warfare. The weapon comes from SWORD Defense Systems, which says its Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle (SPUR) can be used with various remote-controlled "unmanned platforms." The company recently showcased the rifle mounted on the Ghost Robotics Vision-60 quadruped.

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BAE Systems uses laser-guided rockets to take out pesky drones

BAE Systems uses laser-guided rockets to take out pesky drones

With drones increasingly utilized as common warfare and surveillance technologies, a number of government contractors and agencies have funded projects that look into new ways to knock the aerial vehicles out of the sky. The latest among them is BAE Systems, which has tested a modified rocket featuring a laser guidance system to shoot down drones without the cost of existing missile options.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s first national security launch delayed again

SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s first national security launch delayed again

The US Space Force USSF-44 mission set to launch on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has been delayed once again due to a 'payload readiness' issue, Space Force Command has confirmed. The USSF-44 mission was first scheduled to launch this past July, but was delayed to early October because the payload wasn't ready. The next launch date is less firm, but will happen next year.

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US Army backs ‘sleeping cap’ that monitors brain-cleaning fluid

US Army backs ‘sleeping cap’ that monitors brain-cleaning fluid

Getting proper restful sleep at night is a key aspect of maintaining health. Chronically poor sleep has been linked to a number of issues, including immediate ones like slower reaction speeds and trouble concentrating, as well as long-term problems like increased risk for certain diseases. One of the key aspects of sleep is fluid that cleans waste from the brain.

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USAF taps Rolls-Royce to build new engines for classic B-52 bomber

USAF taps Rolls-Royce to build new engines for classic B-52 bomber

The United States Air Force has awarded Rolls-Royce North America with the coveted Commercial Engine Replacement Program (CERP) contract to build the replacement engines for the B-52 bombers. Rolls-Royce beat out competitors like Pratt & Whitney and General Electric, scoring a $2.6 billion contract to build more than 600 engines for the classic aircraft.

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F-18 jet engines quietened with new nozzle design

F-18 jet engines quietened with new nozzle design

Jet aircraft are all loud, but few are as loud as the F-18 fighter jet. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati have created a new engine nozzle designed for F-18 fighter planes. According to the team, the new nozzle reduces the sound created by the jet engine without impacting its performance. Researchers tested their new designs on 1/28th scale jet engines inside the UC aeroacoustics laboratory.

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Boeing unveils F-15QA fighter jets with advanced next-gen systems

Boeing unveils F-15QA fighter jets with advanced next-gen systems

On Wednesday, Boeing and the US Air Force teamed with the Qatar Emiri Air Force to unveil the F-15QA, a version of the F-15 fighter jet that features advanced technologies, including a digital cockpit made entirely of glass. These fighter jets will be shipped to Qatar for use by its air force in partnership with the US military.

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Royal Navy tests robotic unmanned boat to explore uncharted waters

Royal Navy tests robotic unmanned boat to explore uncharted waters

The UK's Royal Navy has detailed work with a robotic unmanned boat called Otter Pro, one recently tested as a remote-controlled option for surveying uncharted waters. The testing was conducted by the Royal Navy's Project Hecla team at the Defense Diving School. Thanks an array of sensors, Otter Pro is able to gather information about objects located on the seabed, as well as the waters around the remote-controlled boat.

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Futuristic Quarterhorse reusable aircraft scores $60 million from USAF

Futuristic Quarterhorse reusable aircraft scores $60 million from USAF

Private aircraft developer Hermeus has scored a $60 million deal with the United States Air Force (USAF), the company has announced. The funds are earmarked specifically for flighting testing the aerospace firm's Quarterhorse, a sleek aircraft featuring Hermeus's own turbine-based combined cycle (TBCC) engine and a futuristic, nearly sci-fi appearance.

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Boeing simulation test uses unmanned drone to refuel jet during flight

Boeing simulation test uses unmanned drone to refuel jet during flight

Using the portable simulator E-2D from Northrup Grumman, Boeing and a team of experts demonstrated the manned-unmanned use of a drone to refill a fighter jet while in the sky. The effort involved "virtual carrier air wing teaming scenarios," according to Boeing, including the F/A-18 Super Hornet and the US Navy's MQ-255 Stingray unmanned aerial refueler.

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Researchers aim to help protect US Navy divers using AI systems

Researchers aim to help protect US Navy divers using AI systems

A group of researchers, including scientists from the University of Illinois Chicago, were given $725,000 from the US Office of Naval Research to develop an AI system to help protect divers from waterborne bacteria, parasites, and other harmful pathogens. The challenge for divers is that they are sent into all kinds of water as part of their service in the U.S. Navy. There are limited resources to understand any health risks associated with the waters they are operating within in real-time. The divers perform all manner of duties within the Navy, from fleet maintenance and repairs to search and rescue and rescue missions.

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