A Twitter user who goes by "Ty" recently received a mysterious voicemail composed with the NATO phonetic alphabet message, and it spelled out "Danger SOS it is dire for you to evacuate be cautious they are not human SOS danger SOS." What happened before receiving the message? Well, apparently someone was spotted outside his house taking photographs. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of molten salt reacting with dry ice.
U-2 spy plane pilot and photographer Ross Franquemont managed to capture the Aurora Borealis from the cockpit of this marvelous aircraft at 70,000 feet, and the ensuing images are breathtaking to say the least. He's mainly based out of Beale Air Force Base in California, but his most recent project took him out to the UK, and the rest is history. "I had no idea how fast the aurora moved and changed. It danced around, changing shape several times a second. That made it a challenge for the photographer in a spacesuit sitting in shaking metal can moving 500 mph," said Franquemont to The Aviationist. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.
Always wanted to drive a real tank? Then check out "Drive A Tank" in Minnesota. With drive experience packages priced from $299, you're able to command real tanks used in battle, but unfortunately (or fortunately), the cannons have been disabled or are just not functional. Additional options include being able crush a real car at full speed. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Not just any drone, the DroneHunter is armed with radar and a net to automatically intercept trespassing drones. This technology was developed start-up called Fortem Technologies and is based on DJI's octocopter. The radars are extremely lightweight, while being super efficient, drawing the same power as an LED light. Timothy Bean, CEO of Fortem Technologies, said that its main use will be by the U.S. military to protect fighters and bases at a safe stand-off distance with little collateral damage. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
Boeing has officially unveiled "Son of Blackbird," and it could be the SR-71's successor. This Mach 5 hypersonic future high-speed strike and reconnaissance aircraft boasts a TBCC propulsion system, which combines conventional turbine engines with dual-mode ramjets/scramjets (DMRJ). The company is planning a two-step development process for the new war plane. The first would involve flight tests of an "F16-sized, single-engine" precursor vehicle that acts as a "proof of concept," while the second, a "twin-engine, full-scale operational vehicle" that with similar dimensions to the 107-foot-long SR-71. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the Star Wars Cantina Theme played by a Rubik's Cube while it's being solved.
Aurora Flight Sciences has developed a fully autonomous helicopter for the U.S. Marines that can be controlled with just a tablet from a remote location. The prototype was recently tested at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, using an old UH-1H Huey helicopter as the base aircraft. It flew three missions to deliver cargo without a pilot on the controls, with two infantrymen on the ground controlling the helicopter with a tablet and laptop. Integrated LIDAR and camera sensors are used to avoid obstacles and evaluate the landing zone. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Perfect for James Cameron's upcoming Terminator movie, the Uran-9 is essentially a tracked unmanned combat ground vehicle (UCGV) developed and produced by JSC 766 UPTK designed to deliver combined combat, reconnaissance and counter-terrorism units with remote reconnaissance and fire support. It comes armed with a 30mm 2A72 automatic cannon, coaxial 7.62mm machine gun, multiple 9M120 Ataka anti-tank guided missiles, thermal imaging and a laser designator. Plus, it can be reconfigured to carry different weapons, such as point-defense surface-to-air missiles like the Igla and Strela, as well as different sensors. 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 a glove that makes NASA astronauts super strong.
GovPlanet is offering military-grade Humvees, built for state, local, and federal agencies, from $3,000. That's right, for the price of three iPhone Xs, you could get rolling around in an armored off-road machine. Sure, it may not be street legal, but the vehicle is great for traversing backcountry trails on weekends. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
The GM SURUS (Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure) is unlike any other autonomous trucks, as it uses a Hydrotec fuel-cell propulsion system, which means near-silent operation and a range of over 400 miles per charge. The cab-less design means that all moving parts are concealed within the chassis, making it perfect for military applications, an emergency on-the-go medic station, and transporting shipping containers. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Not just any off-road vehicle, the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is touted as the "most extreme off-road-capable fuel-cell-powered electric vehicle ever from General Motors," as it stands more than 6.5 feet tall and 7 feet wide. Reinforced inside and out, it rides on 37-inch tires and a specially modified suspension that helps the vehicle climb over and descend all manner of terrain. The U.S. Army plans on testing the Colorado ZH2 in extreme field conditions next year to determine the viability of hydrogen-powered vehicles on military missions. It features an Exportable Power Take-Off unit (EPTO) that allows the fuel cell to power activity away from the vehicle, such as remote locations where electric power may otherwise be unavailable. 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 showing just how deep humans have dug in the Earth.