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droneUS Marines want armored robot recon by 2023

The US Marines want an armored robotic scout vehicle that can launch a UAS (Unmanned Aerial System), scout deep, and then use precision fires and electronic warfare. Wishlist but not all of this equipment has to fit on one vehicle. …

air forceBoeing electric vertical takeoff and landing cargo drone

Boeing unveiled a new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype that will be used to test and evolve Boeing’s autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles. It is designed to transport a payload up to 500 pounds for …

air forceHigh altitude balloon-drone combo

U.S. Navy funded Global Near Space Services (“GNSS“) to develop a two stage lighter than air drone. The GNSS program developed a clean, cost-effective satellite-type capability utilizing a high altitude upper-stage shaped LTA coupled with an unpiloted detachable, flying, lower …

droneStabilized Drone with machine gun and grenade launcher

Duke Robotics makes the TIKAD drone, which is a drone modified to carry a machine gun, a grenade launcher, and variety of other weapons to fight tomorrow’s urban warfare battles. They are selling the drone to the the US and …

chinaChina developing wing in ground effect drone

China is developing a new drone that uses ground effect technology to skim the surface of the ocean, allowing it to fly just eighteen inches off the water. The unmanned vehicle could be a challenging opponent for potential adversaries, some …

darpaRussia’s first new VVER-1200 reactor is officially in commercial operation

Russia has announced the start of commercial operation of its first VVER-1200 reactor, unit 1 of the Novovoronezh II nuclear power plant. Also known as Novovoronezh 6, the unit was connected to the network in early August last year, but …

amazonPrediction that 2017 will not be the investment win year for AI, VR and driverless cars

Rogers McNamee prediction is that interesting developments will occur in AI, VR and driverless cars but not for someone who expects an investment win and payoff in 2017. Not sure how the prediction fits with the 2016 boom in Nvidia …

droneUber launches self driving cars in San Francisco

In September, Uber introduced the world’s first Self-Driving Ubers to the Steel City. Three months later, we’re bringing Volvo XC90s to San Francisco. They are incredibly excited to work with Volvo to pair our state-of-the-art self-driving technology with Volvo’s outstanding …

darpaCray and Microsoft accelerate deep learning training to minutes instead of weeks

A team of researchers from Microsoft, Cray, and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) have been working on a project to speed up the use of deep learning algorithms on supercomputers. They accelerated the training process. Instead of waiting weeks …

airplanesBigelow Aerospace CEO calls for doubling of NASA budget to 1% of federal budget

Space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow said Nov. 17 that he believes that the Trump administration should as much as double NASA’s budget in the coming years and make plans for a human return to the moon. The Obama administration, in its …