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dronesUS targets a megawatt laser by 2023 and then deployment in drones and satellites for hypersonic and ICBM defense

The US Congress wants the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to rapidly develop and demonstrate a boost-phase ICBM (and hypersonic weapon) intercept capability as soon as practicable. Space-based laser weapons technology is one of the options. The DARPA High Energy Liquid …

airplanesAirbus has solar powered stratosphere drone that has flown for nearly 26 days

An unmanned Airbus drone aircraft, a 75 kilogram Zephyr, flew for almost 26 days. It will offer local satellite-like services and runs on solar power. It flies in the stratosphere at an average altitude of 70,000 feet and has a …

dronesClaimed attack on Venezuela Madura will be justification for a purge

Firefighters say the “claimed assassination drone attack” was actually a gas tank explosion inside an apartment. President Maduro was giving a live televised speech in the capital city of Caracas on Saturday when, a government spokesman said, explosive-carrying drones went …

chinaChina also making large low-cost robotic submarine drones

China is developing large, smart and relatively low-cost unmanned submarines according to scientists involved in artificial intelligence (AI) projects. These robotic submarines are expected to be deployed in the early 2020s. The AI-powered subs are expected to be vastly larger …

dronesDARPA looks to win the future by making drone swarms and out-building China

DARPA has admitted that stealth technology has reached its limit and the US may no longer be able to asset air dominance against China and Russia. DARPA wants to accomplish its goal without air superiority. DARPA wants to use a …

dronesShortage of fast food workers is speeding automation, higher wages and higher prices

Fast-food wages began rising in 2014, and have been increasing faster than overall wages. * US unemployment is at a 17-year low which is causing all businesses to struggle to find workers. * In 2000, about 45 percent of those …

dronesGoogle Alphabet’s newest Other Bets are Loon and Wing

Loon (stratospheric balloon internet) and Wing (drone delivery) are graduating Google’s X-lab to become two new independent businesses within Alphabet. Loon will work with mobile network operators globally to bring internet access to unconnected and under-connected people around the world. …

darpaLiquid Piston gets more DARPA funding for 30KW engine 30 times smaller than todays engines

DARPA has awarded LiquidPiston an additional $2.5 million to continue development of its 30kW X4 rotary diesel engine prototype, bringing DARPA’s total funding of the engine technology to $6 million. When development of the fully packaged engine is complete, the …

dronesDrones spreading millions of sterile mosquitos to combat Zika and other diseases

Aedes mosquitos, responsible for the spread of diseases like Zika, dengue and yellow fever, do not disperse for more than 100 meters in their lifetime. They are also fragile, and high-altitude releases by airplanes can damage their wings and legs. …

dronesWill future war be about ultra-massive drones swarms and super-weapons somewhat like Ender’s Game?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a 2017 book by economist Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. The first three industrial revolutions are: 1. 1760 to 1840. the technologies were the steam engine, railroads, and machine …