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.
Aviation experts claim that the loud bangs heard around New York and the UK last night were from a type of experimental jet engine, the Aurora Project to be more specific. According to Dr Khandelwal, an engineering research associate from Sheffield, these sounds come from a pulse detonation engine: " It makes the same kind of pulsing sound as the one on this audio. When we run a test engine it's a real industrial noise and you can hear it for miles. We have people coming to us asking to make less noise or keep it to the daytime. The engine works by using the force from a series of explosions, caused by mixing a fuel mist and air intake, to thrust itself forward. It can theoretically power planes at five times the speed of sound." Continue reading for a video on the Aurora Project.
Unlike other drones, the Prox Dynamics' PD-100 Black Hornet only weighs in at 16 grams and fits comfortably into your pocket. It has a maximum flight time of nearly a half an hour, with both vertical and horizontal maneuverability. The drone is perfect to fly into villages and buildings for real-time intelligence via streaming video from any of its three integrated cameras. Thanks to quiet electronic motors and its small size, this spy drone is almost completely undetectable in most places. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the "300" fight scene recreated in a gym.
Seeing military personnel in pictures really doesn't give us insight on who is really behind those uniforms, but photographer Devin Mitchell wants to show everyone in his latest photo series, titled "The Veteran Art Project". With the help of Photoshop, and some clever photography techniques, he's created images of uniformed men and women standing in front of their mirror images. Mitchell says, "The military community has expressed their interest in using my art to communicate how many of them feel to be living double lives while serving in the military. People who have never served have shown interest in knowing more about the diversified aspects of what causes veterans to feel that way." Continue reading for more.