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artificial intelligenceWaymo Self-Driving Cars use lasers to constantly guide safe driving

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Waymo, Google’s self-driving car company, is building the world’s most experienced driver, with over 10 million miles self-driven on public roads and almost 7 billion in simulation. Discover what we’ve seen and learned along the way from literal curveballs in …

armyUS Army will test 50 kw lasers on Strykers and 100 kw lasers in 2021

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The US Army will test 50 kilowatt lasers on an Anti-aircraft Stryker starting in 2021 and then will field them in 2023. Doubling a laser’s power level halves the time it takes to burn out a given target at a …

artificial intelligencePossible game changer in detection of submarines

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China will try to use lasers, microwave radar and a lot of computation to detect submarines down to 500-meter depth. Experiments carried out by the United States and former Soviet Union achieved maximum detection depths of less than 100 meters, …

additive manufacturingCatalyzing major human space activities by 2030

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This October the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop is hosting a special Symposium at the Y-12 New Hope Center in Oak Ridge TN that will promote safe, fast, and affordable human development of our solar system – the first real steps …

dronesDrones, hypersonic weapons, lasers and engines for next generation

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The sixth generation fighters and upgrades to older fighters over the next 10-20 years will involve better engines for more range and speed, hypersonic weapons, combat lasers, unmanned flight and drones. Hypersonic missiles (mach 5 or faster) are already being …

fusionLaser used to generate 700 Tesla magnetic field to guide laser fusion

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A laser-driven capacitor–coil target was used to generate a strong 600-700 Tesla magnetic field. The strength of the magnetic field was measured on GEKKO-XII23,24, LULI200025, Shengguang-II26, and OMEGA-EP laser facilities. Experimental results revealed that a 600–700-T magnetic field was generated …

lasersTen times faster lithium ion thrusters will be tested at JPL within 6 months

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50000 ISP lithium ion thrusters will be tested at JPL within 6 months. NASA NIAC phase 2 study to use lasers to beam 10 megawatts of power to power new ion drives. This will enable a system to go ten …

lasersFirst Method for Controlling Nanomotors

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Engineers from The University of Texas at Austin have developed the first method for controlling motion in nanomotors – through the use of light. The capability of mechanical reconfiguration could lead to a new class of controllable nanoelectromechanical and nanorobotic …

colonizationLunar railgun for super-cheap Mars missions and Giant Mars open atmosphere lasers

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A magnetic railgun that is only ten meters long can launch from the moon to Mars. It can have less than half the speed of the US Navy railgun. It only needs 3 kilometers per second versus 7 kilometers per …

lasersProgress to photonic quantum computation

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One of the goals of photonics is to implement photonic quantum computation. Quantum interference of single photons at a 50:50 beamsplitter is a key phenomenon in quantum physics and lies at the heart of linear optical quantum computation. Researchers have …