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futureBoeing Supercopter SB-1 Defiant will be flying in 2017, Eurocopter X2 first flew in 2013

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 DEFIANT™ Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) helicopter is their third X2® aircraft in less than 10 years. The aircraft will prove the scalability of the X2 design to a 30,000-lb. class weight. (This contrasts with the …

futureSuper Stonehenge 15 times bigger than Stonehenge found buried 2 miles from Stonehenge

Archaeologists have found evidence for a circle of 90 huge standing stones buried near Stonehenge. On September 7, 2015, researchers announced they have discovered evidence for the remains of a major new prehistoric stone monument, buried below ground less than …

futureSteps to Interstellar laser pushed propulsion and a 16 year trip to Alpha Centauri

The impossible task of traveling 25.6 trillion miles to Alpha Centauri, our closest star, is now possible. Using a Directed Energy System for Targeting of Asteroids and exploRation (DE-STAR), a versatile, scalable phased-array laser system, it can be reached in …

energyElon Musk discusses making Mars more habitable by nuking the poles and being reading to ferry astronauts to ISS within 2-3 years

Elon Musk told Stephen Colbert, Spacex will be ready for human passengers within two to three years. Mars is “a fixer upper of a planet,” Musk says, but it can be made to be more like Earth if it can …

nasaPre-emptive Nuclear Proliferation as a policy to disincentivize states from getting nuclear weapons

The Nonproliferation Treaty has failed because it has no teeth as North Korea has shown. Nonproliferation also failed to stop Pakistan and India. The Nonproliferation treaty (NPT) was opened for signing in 1968. the Treaty entered into force in 1970. …

cubesatDARPA funds next phase of XS-1 spaceplane project

DARPA awarded Virgin Galactic and two others contracts to investigate how spaceplane could slash cost of putting satellites into space. DARPA aims to build a reusable vehicle that it hopes will provide “quick, affordable and routine” access to space, which …

lasersCurrently Quantum computers might be where Rockets were at the time of Robert Goddard

There have been comparisons of current quantum computers to classical computers to the Wright Brothers flyer against lighter than air vehicles. The Wright brothers flyers had inferior performance and capabilities to the Zeppelins but would eventual later versions would prove …

fictionEvidence of small scale farming 23000 years ago well before when full scale farming was “invented” some 12000 years ago

Until now, researchers believed farming was “invented” some 12,000 years ago in the Cradle of Civilization — Iraq, the Levant, parts of Turkey and Iran — an area that was home to some of the earliest known human civilizations. A …

asteroidsJoint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator from Boeing

The Army, supported by NASA and the Navy, is combining its areas of technical expertise to accomplish the aggressive scientific and engineering goals necessary to develop a new fleet of joint aircraft, said Ned Chase, deputy program director of science …

futureFuture Vertical Lift Twice as Far and twice as fast

One of the competing prototypes for the US Future Vertical Lift program is the Bell Valor 280 • Speed: 280 KTAS • Combat Range: 500–800nm • Strategically Self-Deployable: 2100+ nm Range • High/Hot 6k/95F Hover Out of Ground Effect (HOGE) …