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DARPA Helicopter

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has created a Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) helicopter for DARPA, based on the S-76, that can fly itself. That's right, the 30-mile flight was planned, monitored, and executed by an operator using only a tablet device. It took off at a Stratford, Connecticut airfield and landed in Plainville, Connecticut. The copter uses MATRIX technology, the same system that used in the Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator. This flight marks the successful completion of Phase 1 of DARPA's ALIAS program, which aims to create and deploy greater levels of automation into existing military and commercial aircrafts. 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 Drone Pinata.

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DARPA Stealth Bike

DARPA's new stealth bike, powered by a lithium-ion battery, is touted as being capable of running on just about any type of fuel, whether it be jet fuel, propane, used car oil, or even cooking oil. In stealth-mode, the sound level is measured at around 55 decibels, the same level of noise produced by a normal conversation. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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UFO Air Force Base

First off, this could quite possibly be linked to the Black Knight Satellite. Tyler Glockner, best known as "SecureTeam10" on YouTube, recently uploaded a video of what appears to be a strange UFO hovering above Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The was captured by a couple last Wednesday as they were heading home, admiring the sunset near the military installation. Mr. Glockner claims that it's the third sighting of this same object by three separate sources. 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 what happens when you strap an action cam onto a cheetah.

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XStat Syrine

We covered the XStat Rapid Homeostasis System back in December, when it first received FDA approval, but now, the device has saved its first life on the battlefield. The syringe is filled with cellulose sponge tablets that are coated with a homeostatic agent that grows rapidly to fill the wound. They absorb blood pumping into the area, and plug the cavity to allow clotting to begin near instantly. In its first real world application, a soldier's femoral artery was damaged by a gunshot wound, and the XStat syringe was used to fill the wound, enabling him to become stable and be transported to a definitive care facility. 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 the ultimate grappling hook, and just how difficult it is to use one.

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Crew Chief 715

Paying tribute to Jeep's military vehicles of the past, the Crew Chief 715 Concept crosses the Wrangler Unlimited with the Kaiser M715 military vehicle. It comes complete with a 4-inch lift kit, Fox shocks, off-road rock rails, 20-inch wheels on 40-inch tires, an on-board air system, 5-foot cargo bed for all your gear, and Dana axles. Inside, you'll find plush leather bucket seats, aircraft-style control switches, and a large, dash-mounted compass. 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 Chewbacca Mom meeting none other than Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams.

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DOGO Combat Robot

We have seen the future of tactical combat technologies, and it includes DOGO, a 26-pound tank robot that boasts an integrated Glock 26 (Baby Glock) 9mm pistol that can fire 5-rounds in 2-seconds. To aim the weapon, an operator would simply use the "Point & Shoot" software interface. Just touch the aim point on the control unit's screen - 360° video provided by 6 cameras, and you're ready to fire. It's also capable of climbing stairs and comes equipped with a two-way audio communications system, just in case the enemy is willing to surrender. Fully charged, expect 2-hours of continuous use while chugging along at 2.5mph. 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 incredible Star Wars battle filmed with drones.

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Polaris MRZR-D Military ATV

Polaris Defense introduces its all-new MRZR turbo diesel (MRZR-D), and this military-grade vehicle is definitely no slouch. Not only can it be air-lifted by the V22 Osprey helicopter directly into a war zone, it's offered in several different configurations, which can hold between two and six soldiers. Operators will also get increased auxiliary power and greater range than its predecessors. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including "Hyper-Reality", which shows how our augmented reality might look like.

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Revision Military Exoskeleton

Revision Military's Exoskeleton transforms you into a super soldier direct from a video game. In addition to the fully-enclosed helmet with integrated quad-tube night-vision device, the suit features rugged armor protection, capable of stopping rifle rounds, covering 60% of the operator. There's also a powered, lower-body exoskeleton, which is used to transfer the additional weight of the armor down to the waste belt, while supporting it with motorized actuators on each leg. Everything is powered by a small power pack and cooling system worn on the back. 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 what happens when a fireworks factory goes up in flames.

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Terradyne Gurkha RPV

If you have the money, why bother with Hummers or SUVs, when you could just get a Terradyne Gurka RPV? This $278,000+ street-legal armored vehicle is not just for looks, as it can withstand 7 millimeter armor piercing rounds with ease, ram through chained gates / walls, and survive being submerged in up to 30-inches of water without hydrolocking the engine. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Blitzer Electromagnetic

Railguns are being examined for use as anti-aircraft weapons to intercept air threats, particularly anti-ship cruise missiles, in addition to land bombardment. The first weaponized railgun planned for production, the General Atomics Blitzer system, launches a streamlined discarding sabot round designed by Boeing's Phantom Works at Mach 5 with accelerations exceeding 60,000 gn. During one of the tests, the projectile was able to travel an additional 4.3-miles downrange after penetrating a 3.2mm thick steel plate. The company has just released a new test video showing it in-action. Thus far, the project is self-funded. 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 the Blue Origin rocket reentering the Earth's atmosphere and then landing vertically.

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