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Samsung 5G network prototype in development with the US military

Samsung 5G network prototype in development with the US military

Samsung is working with the US military to develop and test a prototype 5G mobile network, according to a recent report, potentially paving the way for ground-based ultra-fast mobile broadband. According to the publication Defense Systems, the 5G network is capable of extremely fast speeds while offering low latency, able to hit up to 1GB/s.

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BAE drone concept can switch between fixed-wing and rotary mode for vertical landings

BAE drone concept can switch between fixed-wing and rotary mode for vertical landings

The military has seen the need for aircraft that can take off and land vertically while having higher top speeds associated with fixed wing aircraft. This is the thought process behind the Osprey and some aircraft like the Harrier jet. There are also drones that are able to do this.

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Small drone crashes into US Army Black Hawk helicopter

Small drone crashes into US Army Black Hawk helicopter

In what is being called a first-ever event, a civilian's small drone has crashed into a US Army Black Hawk helicopter, an incident that underscores years of effort in establishing regulations designed to avoid such a collision. The incident happened over Staten Island late last week, according to officials, who say the drone was being operated in an illegal manner. The incident happened above a residential area.

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US Navy uses Xbox 360 controllers for its most advanced submarines

US Navy uses Xbox 360 controllers for its most advanced submarines

The lowly Xbox 360 controller: it is more than a decade old, no longer the primary Xbox gamepad, and it also happens to be the US Navy's top choice for controlling its most advanced submarines. Not the entire submarine, mind, but rather its various periscopes that exist as a pair of giant masts. High-res cameras are fitted to these periscopes, and the feed appears on large flat-screen displays within the sub.

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US military bases can now shoot down consumer drones

US military bases can now shoot down consumer drones

The government has become more strict about drone rules and what happens when you break those rules, and latest among its efforts to curb improper drone usage is a new policy that lets the military shoot them out of the sky. This policy comes with its own rules; only drones that are over military bases and that are a possible threat can be taken down. The military also has the right to capture and retain the drone if it so chooses, or to alternatively track it back to its operator.

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The US Navy 3D-printed a full-size ‘disposable’ submersible

The US Navy 3D-printed a full-size ‘disposable’ submersible

The US Departments of Energy and Defense teamed up to create the first of what may prove to be many submersible craft described as 'disposable' with on-demand availability. Unlike traditional submersible vessels, this model was created using a 3D printer, and the entire process -- including design -- took only four weeks. This makes it the US Navy's first-ever 3D-printed submersible hull.

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Watch SpaceX nail Falcon 9 landing after launching US spy satellite

Watch SpaceX nail Falcon 9 landing after launching US spy satellite

Today was a good day for SpaceX, because not only was its Falcon 9 rocket at the center of a military launch - a longtime goal of Elon Musk's - but the entire mission went off without a hitch too. Well, we assume the whole thing went off without a hitch, as we don't have many details on the mission itself. The landing, however, was just about as perfect as SpaceX could want, with the Falcon 9 rocket landing safely back on Earth.

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US Navy creates zinc-based batteries less prone to exploding

US Navy creates zinc-based batteries less prone to exploding

Lithium-based batteries are great, except when they're not -- these batteries are prone to catching on fire and exploding, hence many product recalls over the years. A safer alternative comes in the form of zinc-based batteries, but these aren't popular due to the difficulty of recharging them. The U.S. Navy's Research Laboratory is changing that with a newly developed 3D 'sponge' battery electrode made with zinc.

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U.S. Navy bans e-cigarettes from all of its ships and aircraft

U.S. Navy bans e-cigarettes from all of its ships and aircraft

We've seen enough incidents involving e-cigarette batteries to know they can be dangerous. The issues tend to revolve around either poorly constructed 'vaping' devices or users improperly storing the batteries and shorting them out via loose change and key rings. While we've seen these incidents happen at home, in courtrooms, and at convenience stores, the U.S. Navy has seen them elsewhere: on its own ships, where the vaping devices are now banned.

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What is the MOAB GBU-43/B “Mother Of All Bombs”?

What is the MOAB GBU-43/B “Mother Of All Bombs”?

Nicknamed the "Mother of All Bombs", the MOAB GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb was the most destructive non-nuclear weapon designed (when it was first designed). The first use of this bomb on the battlefield was earlier today, April 13th, 2017, in the Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. This bomb has a blast radius of more than a mile, and was originally designed to replace a bomb made for Vietnam War troops to create helicopter landing spaces in wooded areas.

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Lockheed Martin to empower US Army with 60 kW Laser cannon

Lockheed Martin to empower US Army with 60 kW Laser cannon

Although popularized as deadly weapons in science fiction, real-world applications of lasers have been mostly benign. Almost coming full circle, however, lasers are about to make those fictional scenarios real. Lockheed Martin has just announced that it has successfully designed and tested a 60 kW-class laser weapon, breaking records as far as lasers are concerned. And, of course, this technology will be delivered to the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command for “defensive applications”.

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US ally uses Patriot missile to shoot down $200 quadcopter

US ally uses Patriot missile to shoot down $200 quadcopter

One of the more effective weapons the US military and its allies have at their disposal is the MIM-104 Patriot missile system. The surface-to-air missile is primarily used as an anti-ballistic missile these days, but one unnamed US ally recently found an unintended use for the system: shooting down quadcopter drones obtained from Amazon.

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