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darpaRocket Lab Launching DARPA Membrane Antenna Satellite

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Today Rocket Labs is counting down to launch a DARPA called Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration (R3D2) that will test technologies for deployable antennas. Once in orbit, R3D2 will deploy a Kapton membrane that will expand to a diameter …

militaryUS Navy $1.2+ Trillion Dollar Plan to Increase Fleet to 355 Ships

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If the US spends $20-55 billion per year more on ships and maintenance then the Navy will reach its target of 355 ships. They will slow down retirements and increase the purchase of ships. Initial estimates put the cost at …

energyNuclear Uprates Help US Set Record and Advanced Uprates Will Be the Future

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US nuclear power plants set a new record for annual power generation in 2018. Capacity additions from plant uprates, combined with shorter refueling maintenance cycles, enabled the country’s nuclear plants to produce 807.1 million MWh in 2018, surpassing the previous …

dronesUS Navy Getting Ten Robotic Combat Ships

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The US Navy is buying a new breed of armed unmanned surface combat ships that will add more sensors and weapons to the current fleet. These will be 200-foot to 300-foot ships that displace 2,000 tons. The Navy plans to …

directed energy weaponsUS Navy Deploying 60-Kilowatt Combat Laser

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In the next two years, the US Navy wants to deploy a 60-kilowatt Helios combat laser aboard a guided-missile destroyer. In 2021, they will install a High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance weapon system aboard a West Coast …

aircraftBoeing Flies Next Generation Rotocraft With Double the Speed and Range

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The Sikorsky-Boeing #SB1 DEFIANTâ„¢ helicopter completed its first flight on March 21, 2019. This next generation vehicle will have twice the speed and twice the range of helicopters. Its two coaxial main rotors and a rear mounted pusher propulsor, DEFIANT …

exaflopExaflop Supercomputer Race

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The US Department of Energy is paying $500 million for the Aurora exaflop supercomputer to be built by Intel and Cray in 2021. Aurora will perform regular supercomputer research and artificial intelligence (AI) projects. There will be extreme-scale cosmological simulations, …

elon muskSpaceX Heavy Best Option to Replace SLS for EM-1 Mission in 2020

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SpaceX also has the second mission for the Falcon Heavy scheduled for April, 2019. There should be a third Falcon Heavy mission a few months later. If NASA is serious about completing the Exploration Mission-1 in June 2020, then SpaceX …

nasaBoeing Delays Test so SpaceX Could Become Only US Manned Option

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Boeing has delayed by at least three months its first uncrewed flight to the International Space Station under NASA’s human spaceflight program and pushed its crewed flight until November. SpaceX has just successfully completed its first uncrewed test flight. If …

spaceSpaceX Hop Test Updates

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Space Padre Isle is tweeting that the first SpaceX test firing could be happening today. There is still no confirmation from Elon Musk or SpaceX. The road was closed. Ars Technica reports that SpaceX will be conducting propellant-loading tests and …