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Photos of the Day: DARPA Looks to Build Satellites with Robots

April 16, 2014 11:16 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Phoenix seeks to enable robotics servicing and asset life extension in geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO), while developing new satellite architectures to reduce the cost of space-based systems. Specifically, Phoenix’s goal is to ...  

Remote Troops Closer to Having High-Speed Wireless Networks Mounted on UAVs

April 16, 2014 10:19 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Missions in remote, forward operating locations often suffer from a lack of connectivity to...

HotSpot: Gestured-Controlled Music

April 15, 2014 1:33 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, perpetual...

Engineering Update: A Guide to Charging Your Phone in 30 Seconds

April 14, 2014 12:49 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Israeli startup StoreDot is taking the lead on shortening the amount of time it takes to charge...

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Logos Technologies to Develop Silent-Capable Military Motorcycle

April 11, 2014 11:17 am | by Logos Technologies | News | Comments

Logos Technologies has received a small business innovation research (SBIR) grant from DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) to develop a military-use hybrid-electric motorcycle with ...       

Photos of the Day: Multicopter Transformer Takes Off

April 11, 2014 11:07 am | by Advanced Tactics | News | Comments

The patented AT Transformer technology combines the capabilities of a helicopter, such as the ability to take off and land anywhere, with the capabilities of an off-road automobile. The AT Black Knight Transformer completed ...    

Black Knight Transformer Successfully Completes First Flights

April 11, 2014 10:59 am | by Advanced Tactics | News | Comments

Advanced Tactics has announced that it has successfully completed the first flight test of the Black Knight Transformer, a modular and roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Advanced Tactics is at the forefront of ...  

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Air Force Launches Spy Satellite

April 11, 2014 10:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Air Force has launched a new spy satellite. An unmanned blasted off Thursday from Cape Canaveral with a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. No details about ...           

Head Of German NSA Inquiry Quits Over Snowden Row

April 10, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of a German parliamentary inquiry into surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency has resigned, citing tensions over whether to seek testimony from NSA leaker Edward Snowden. All four parties in Germany's lower house, the Bundestag, agreed ...

Engineering Newswire 85: Disposable Drones Printed for Cheap Spying

April 10, 2014 9:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re turning seawater into fuel, making disposable drones, and taking a look at a Bionic Kangaroo …                   

Navy's Laser Weapon Ready for Summer Deployment

April 9, 2014 11:25 am | by Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

Navy engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer. The prototype, an improved version of the Laser Weapon System, will be installed on ...  

Robocopter Brings New Capabilities to the Marine Corps

April 9, 2014 11:20 am | by Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

Autonomy options for the Marines have taken a major step forward, as officials at the Office of Naval Research has announced two successful helicopter flight demonstrations with unmanned flight capability at Marine Corps Base Quantico ...

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Engineering Update: Secret Pentagon Spacecraft Stays in Orbit for 469 Days

April 4, 2014 12:03 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In December of 2012, the Pentagon launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft into orbit, where it remained for more than 469 days, breaking its own longevity record. Since the X-37 has always been shrouded in secrecy, savvy observers posited all sorts of potential applications ...

U.S. Secretly Created 'Cuban Twitter' to Stir Unrest

April 4, 2014 10:30 am | by Alberto Arce, Desmond Butler, and Jack Gillum, Associated Press | News | Comments

In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba's communist government. McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors had ...

Photos of the Day: NKorea Crashes Low-Tech Drones

April 4, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korean officials said Wednesday they suspect that another unmanned drone that found crashed Monday, March 31 on a frontline South Korean island was flown by rival North Korea. Media reports said officials suspect the drone was also flown by the North and that it ...

Crude Drones Reflect New Threat

April 4, 2014 2:22 am | by Hyung-jin Kim - Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korean experts say two small drones believed to have been flown across the border by the North amid rising military tensions were crude and decidedly low-tech — equipped with ...            

Engineering Newswire 84: World's Fastest Bullet Car

April 3, 2014 11:05 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re fixing the government with sixth grade math, printing invisibility cloaks, and racing the world’s fastest RC Car ...                   

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Sikorsky to Pay $3.5M over Army Cost Claims

April 1, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations it violated federal law and inflated the cost of spare parts to the Army, federal prosecutors said Monday. From 2008 to 2011, Sikorsky did not ...

Developing Defense Technologies Begin in Dayton

April 1, 2014 7:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense says it has awarded multimillion contracts to two Dayton-area companies. A Dayton research firm has landed a $45 million contract from the Air Force to develop stealth technologies. Another Dayton company has gotten a $24 million logistics contract from the Marine...

Researchers Are Making Breakthroughs in Creating Invisibility Cloaks

March 31, 2014 12:54 pm | by Zenaida Kotala, University of Central Florida | News | Comments

Controlling and bending light around an object so it appears invisible to the naked eye is the theory behind fictional invisibility cloaks. It may seem easy in Hollywood movies, but is hard to create in real life because no material in nature has ...

Upward Falling Payloads for Deep-Ocean Storage and Recall On-Demand

March 31, 2014 11:35 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Cost and complexity limit the number of ships and weapon systems the Navy can support in forward operating areas. A natural response is to offset these costs and risks with unmanned and distributed systems. But how do such systems get there in the first place? 

WWII Plane Celebrates 70th Anniversary of D-Day

March 24, 2014 9:37 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The next time the American military transport plane known as Whiskey 7 drops its paratroopers over Normandy, France, it will be for a commemoration instead of an invasion. Seventy years after taking part in D-Day, the plane now housed at ...

Photos of the Day: WWII-Era Douglas C-47 to Return to Normandy

March 24, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The airplane, known as Whiskey 7 because of its markings, is one of the original troop carriers that dropped paratroopers in advance of the amphibious invasion. In June it will recreate its role and drop paratroopers over the original drop zone ...

NSA Responds to Snowden

March 21, 2014 11:28 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

After a surprise appearance by Edward Snowden at TED2014, Chris Anderson said: "If the NSA wants to respond, please do." And yes, they did. Appearing by video, NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett answers ...       

Engineering Newswire 82: Finding Bombs with Electric Noses

March 20, 2014 10:06 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re breaking world records with Legos, checking up on spoiled food without smelling it, and using lobsters to find bombs ...                         

Here's How We Take Back the Internet

March 19, 2014 12:59 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of ...     

VTOL X-Plane Program Takes Off

March 19, 2014 12:28 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

For generations, new designs for vertical takeoff and landing aircraft have remained unable to increase top speed without sacrificing range, efficiency or the ability to do useful work. DARPA’s VTOL Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program seeks to ...

Musk’s Coup to Thwart Competitors

March 18, 2014 3:26 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

SpaceX may just be stirring the manufacturing pot in order to better their economic forecast, but Musk has certainly brought up some potential issues if Putin continues to ...             

Police Intercept Bomb-Laden Vehicle

March 18, 2014 1:20 pm | by Tom Odula, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kenyan police intercepted a retrofitted car packed with explosives, foiling a planned terrorist attack in the coastal city of Mombasa. Investigators said, "It is a Toyota ... the chassis does not belong to that vehicle, the engine does not belong to that vehicle ..."

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