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chinaRussia and China Deploy Hypersonic Weapons and the US Spends Billions to Catch Up

The US is increasing hypersonic weapon investment in 2020 to $2.6 billion. The UK has a $12 million contract with Rolls-Royce to develop high-Mach aircraft propulsion systems. Russia has the Avangard and the 3M22 Tsirkon (aka Zircon)—and has reportedly fielded …

artificial intelligenceSelf-Driving Bus is Now Operating in Australia

First self-driving bus is now serving customers in New South Wales, Australia. It is serving the Marian Grove Retirement Village in Toormina, a suburb of Coffs Harbour. Using the BusBot app (iOS and Android), users will be able to hail …

air forceUS Air Force Starts B-21 Prototype Construction

The US Air Force is building its first test version of the new next-generation B-21 Raider stealth bomber. The B-21 will have regular stealth against higher-frequency engagement radar and also against lower-frequency surveillance radar. China and Russia have shifted to …

airplanesAmpaire Flies Largest Hybrid-Electric Plane

Los Angeles-based Ampaire unveiled its prototype electric-powered plane, the Ampaire 337, in a test flight above Camarillo Airport in California on June 6. This is the largest a hybrid-electric aircraft that has flown. The twin-engine plane will be able to …

airplanesTesla Dry Electrode Batteries Will Enable Large Passenger Electric Planes

Elon Musk indicates that electric motors and batteries with over 400 Wh/kg will be able be a cross over point for electric planes against jet fuel planes. Israeli startup Eviation is making a nine-passenger all-electric regional passenger aircraft by 2021. …

armyUS Army Loading Up on New Mini-drones and Ground Robots

The US Army is buying 18000 drones from mini-palm sized drones to new ground robots for Afghanistan. The palm-sized Black Hornet mini-drone only weighs just over one ounce. The Army is buying 9,000 systems — each with two drones — …

3d printing3D Printing of Hypersonic Missile Swarms

Raytheon and Northrop Grumman are developing 3D printed engines for smaller hypersonic missiles that could be deployed in at lower cost in swarms. The air-breathing scramjet will use regular aviation fuel. Northrop Grumman has new materials and technology to 3-D …

militaryAdam Savage Made Real Life Flying Iron Man Armor

Adam Savage has made bullet-proof Iron Man Armor using 3D printed titanium and a flying jet suit from Gravity. It is more precisely a real-life Titanium Man (comic book enemy of Iron Man). The US military (Special Ops) recently canceled …