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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 DEFIANT™ 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, …

israelUSA Will Recognize Israeli Control of Golan Heights and Its Military High Ground

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The United States will recognize Israeli control of the Golan Height. President Trump announced his intent to recognize Israeli control. This could increase the chances for Israeli President Netanyahu to win an election in three weeks. The Golan Heights was …

astronomyNear Gigapixel Imaging of Exoplanets from the Gravity Lens Regions

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Exoplanets are planets in other solar systems. They are very faint but they are even harder to see because of the much brighter star they are orbiting. If we send a telescope to the solar gravitational lens (SGL) point on …

batteriesFull Body Exoskeleton Ordered By Special Ops

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Sarcos Robotics has been awarded a contract by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to deliver a pre-production version of its Guardian™ XO® (“XO”) full-body, autonomously powered robotic exoskeleton. The XO is can operate for up to eight hours …

militaryChina’s Railguns vs US 1000 Mile Range Super-cannon

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The US is working on a 1000 mile range super-cannon but appears to be behind China for railguns. China has been testing a railgun on a naval ship for over a year. They claim that railguns will be deployed by …