Here's another look at the futuristic Black Hornet Nano, a pocket-sized micro unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Prox Dynamics AS of Norway, and currently in use by the Norwegian and British Army. Measuring a mere 4" x 1" and weighing just over half an ounce (including batteries), it provides ground troops with crucial local situational awareness. On the tech side, the UAV comes equipped with three cameras (capable of full-motion video and still images. It takes only 20-25 minutes to charge the vehicle 90% charge is reached in 20-25 minutes, and has a top speed of 11mph. The latest version, PD-100 Black Hornet, has night vision capabilities, and is fitted with both long-wave infrared and day video sensors that can transmit video streams or high-resolution still images via a digital data-link with a 1 mi (1.6 km) range. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of an interesting Jedi force prank.
A passenger aboard an American Airlines flight from San Jose, California to Houston, Texas, managed to snap a series of photographs of a giant metallic disc in the Nevada desert. There was a 'blinding bright light' in the desert below near Luning and Gabbs that caught his eye at first. "I saw a large silver disc that appeared to be in the middle of the desert. This disc was shooting orb like lights into the air. The disc itself had multiple lights that were blinding to the eyes. I pulled out my phone and took pictures until my phone died," said the passenger. Continue reading for a video titled "Top CIA Secrets of Area 51: Real Truth Behind".
The RipChair 2.0, designed by military engineers and brothers Howe & Howe, is built upon their patented Ripsaw tracked platform. Available in wheelchair or extended seat options, it combines power, ruggedness, durability, and maneuverability into a sturdy, easy-to-control platform. The user simply backs into the Ripchair, locks into place, and they're ready to roll. Under the hood, it sports a 27-horsepower gasoline engine, and controlled by a hydrostatic drive with electric controls. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the first image in today's viral picture gallery.
The Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) is basically a class of air-cushion vehicle (hovercraft) used as landing craft by the United States Navy's Assault Craft Units and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). They transport weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel of the assault elements of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force both from ship to shore and across the beach. Continue reading for more cool facts. These craft are high-speed and fully amphibious, capable of carrying up to a 60-ton payload (75 tons in overload) over water and land at speeds in excess of 40 knots as well as a nominal range of up to 200 nautical miles. Continue reading for more cool facts.
You don't need The Force to use this real-life lightsaber of sorts, as it works by just pushing a button. Developed by the US Air force and Energetic Materials & Products, the Tech Torch is basically a handheld tool that produces a blade-shaped 4,000° flame, capable of ripping through half-inch steel bars in seconds. "It works through a combination of chemistry and physics. The extremely high heat renders the steel to a molten state, and the force of the propulsion erodes the material very rapidly," said Stephanie Johnson, a research chemist and program manager at the lab. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one explaining the science behind NERF blasters.
Photographer Justin Majeczky just happened to be on Slacker Hill above the Golden Gate Bridge when the USS California launched a Trident D5 ballistic missile last night, and this incredible video ensued. "By a stroke of dumb luck my friend Abe and myself were on slacker hill shooting timelapse photography of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can see the missile enter the frame from the upper right hand corner. We noticed the object immediately and I stopped my time-lapse to record some video," said Majeczky. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when a car performs a burnout on an iPhone 6S.
The F-35 project has cost $3.5-billion thus far, and it's eight years late to boot, but the craft has finally fired its first shots (GAU)-22/A 25mm Gatling gun system shots in the air. Approximately, three bursts of one 30 rounds and two 60 rounds each were fired from the aircraft's four-barrel, 25-millimeter Gatling gun, which is hidden behind closed doors to reduce its radar cross section until the trigger is pulled. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
The SAAB 35 Draken was basically a Mach 2.2 Swedish fighter aircraft manufactured between 1955-1974, and built to replace the J 29 Tunnan. The indigenous J 35 was an effective supersonic Cold War fighter that was also successfully exported to Austria, Denmark, Finland, and to the United States as a test pilot training aircraft. The Draken was the first fully supersonic aircraft to be deployed in Western Europe. Now, you can pick one up for $425,000. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information, including the product page.
The USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) is a Freedom-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy. While it was launched in December 2013, the Navy has just taken delivery of the vessel. This warship can power up to 45 knots (52 mph), which leaves others ships of its zie wallowing in her wake. "With each LCS delivered, we have succeeded in driving down costs by incorporating lessons learned to provide the Navy with a highly capable and flexible ship. We are honored to place the Milwaukee in the able hands of her crew as they set sail for the ship's commissioning," said LCS program manager Capt. Tom Anderson.
Lockheed Martin's F-35C carrier variant (CV) is the US Navy's first stealth fighter, and the world's only 5th-Generation, long-range stealth strike fighter built explicitly for carrier operations. This aircraft combines the unique capability of operating from a carrier deck with the unmatched capabilities of stealth, fused sensors and reliability, making it the Navy's future first-day-of-the-war strike fighter. Continue reading for more cool facts.