Here are some rarely seen pictures show how engineers in 1960s California secretly developed the SR-71 Blackbird for the US Air Force, currently still the fastest unclassified aircraft. These rarely seen once classified photos reveal how Lockheed built three types of Blackbird - A, B and C in Burbank, California. All of the SR-71 models were built by American aerospace company Lockheed under a 'black project'. The SR-71 Blackbird has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft with a record speed of 2,193.2mph, since July 28, 1976. To withstand the high temperatures generated by friction due to sustained Mach 3 flight in the upper atmosphere, the SR-71 required an array of specially developed materials including high temperature fuel, sealants, lubricants, wiring and other components. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five more popular viral videos of today.
Soft Armour is no ordinary bulletproof wall, as it's filled with ceramic balls. While it sounds like nothing special, it's designed to stop bullets from penetrating and ricocheting the wall. According to its creators, "Saab's Soft Armour system offers protection against ballistic penetration up to NATO 7.62 mm AP ammunition (STANAG level III). The system is a box concept filled with hard ceramic balls. The system is especially designed to enhance survivability and can be fitted to any structure prior to missions, or even retrofitted to existing structures in operational theatre." Continue reading for another video and more information.
For just $180000 USD, you could be the lucky owner of the HSV Sea Slice, an experimental United States Navy vessel, built by Lockheed Martin. Based on a variant of the SWATH hull design, known as "SLICE," Sea Slice is characterized by four teardrop-shaped submerged hulls - double the number seen on most previous designs. According to the US Navy, the design reduces waves and drag, which allows a SWATH vessel to "...operate at higher speeds while retaining their characteristic low motions in a seaway". Continue reading for more pictures and link to the sales page.
For the first time in history, the US Navy will publicly demonstrate their crazy railgun at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington D.C. on February 4. The U.S. Navy plans to integrate a railgun that has a range of over 160 km (100 mi) onto a ship by 2016. By that time the Navy expects to have a weapon that can fire multiple projectiles per minute. The hyper-velocity rounds weigh 10 kg (23 lb) and cost about $25,000 each. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Did you know that the F-35 does not need to be physically pointing at its target for weapons to be successful? It uses sensors to track and target a nearby aircraft from any orientation and then provide the information to the pilot through their helmet for complete vision - also sends data to the seeker-head of a missile for accurate targeting. The helmet system replaces the display-suite-mounted head-up display used in earlier fighters. The F-35's systems provide the edge in the "observe, orient, decide, and act" OODA loop; stealth and advanced sensors aid in observation, automated target tracking helps in orientation, sensor fusion simplifies decision making, and the aircraft's controls allow the pilot to keep their focus on the targets, rather than the controls of their aircraft. Continue reading for more.
The US Navy has officially unveiled "Ghost Swimmer", an underwater drone that looks and swims like a real shark. It measures 5-feet-long, weighs nearly 100-pounds, and can operate in water depths ranging from 10 inches to 300 feet. Practical uses include security during low visibility intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions and friendly hull inspections. Ghost Swimmer is capable of operating autonomously for extended periods of time due to its long-lasting battery, but it can also be controlled via laptop with a 500-foot tether. "Ghost Swimmer will allow the Navy to have success during more types of missions while keeping divers and sailors safe," said Michael Rufo, director of Boston Engineering's Advanced System Group. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of synchronized Star Wars Christmas lights on a house.
It may sound like something straight from a movie, but DARPA has unveiled and tested EXACTO, a self-guided .50-caliber projectile that can change its flight path in mid-air. The EXACTO (Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance) project aims to develop "more accurate military artillery that will enable greater firing range, minimize the time required to engage with targets, and also help reduce missed shots that can give away the troops' location." The new .50 BMG gun and improved scope could employ "fire-and-forget" technologies including "fin-stabilized projectiles, spin-stabilized projectiles, internal and/or external aero-actuation control methods, projectile guidance technologies, tamper proofing, small stable power supplies, and advanced sighting, optical resolution and clarity technologies." Its estimated availability is 2015.Continue reading for a video of it in-action and more information.
The US Navy has unveiled an all-new Laser Weapon System that's currently installed on the USS Ponce naval ship in the Persian Gulf. Experts say that it can also be used as a surveillance tool. The prototype builds upon the previous Laser Weapon System (LaWS), and integrates six commercial 5.4 kW fiber lasers with a beam combiner. Sailors use a video game-like controller to control the laser, including power output, etc. Continue reading for a video of it in-action and more information.
We have seen the future of wireless charging, and it's the Piece Battery. Simply put, this technology consists of adhesive strips that can be placed on laptops, television, etc. and convert the absorbed heat into usable electricity. Compatible gadgets will be required to have a special case or sleeve to make sure of its wireless charging capabilities. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a 77-year-old grandma who is probably stronger than you.