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armyUS Army has focused effort to replace Abrams and Bradley with tests by 2019 and deployments by 2025

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By late 2019, the U.S. Army could field up to three manned and unmanned combat vehicles to help determine the future of heavy army fighting vehicles. The US army effort appears focused and appears inspired by the Russian Armata combat …

darpaUS Air Force has $1.2 billion in new hypersonic weapon spending to catch up to Russia and China

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The U.S. Air Force this week awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $928 million contract to develop a prototype hypersonic cruise missile, or the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon. The project is one of two hypersonic weapon prototyping efforts the service is …

airplaneChina claims it has designs for a mass production hypersonic engine

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China has designs for a mass production hypersonic engine for low-cost planes or spacecraft capable of traveling five times faster than the speed of sound. The plant that would be built in Hefei, in China’s eastern Anhui province, could give …

air forceUS military accelerating useful combat laser testing this year for deployments 2020-2022

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Four Star General Carlton Everhart, head of Air Mobility Commmand (AMC), told Air Force Times he wants to begin exploring this capability on a KC-135 refueling tanker in 2018. He took steps to get a KC-135 to the Air Force …

carnival of spaceCarnival of Space 557

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The Carnival of Space 557 is up at the Venus Transit. Universe Today – NASA Begins Construction of its New Quiet Supersonic Plane Above – an artist’s concept of the low-boom flight demonstrator outside the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company’s Skunk …

futureLarge amounts of high density MRAM data could enable pinhead size computers

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new research from the University of New Hampshire will make computers the size of a pinhead a reality sooner than once thought. Researchers outline their proposed combination which would allow for a more stable perpendicular anisotropic energy (PMA), the key …

diseaseArtificial pancreas shows improved results but longer studies needed to show cost effectiveness

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Artificial pancreas treatment, also referred to as closed loop glucose control, is an emerging treatment option combining an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring with a control algorithm to deliver insulin in a glucose responsive manner (that is, a single …

batteriesSila Nanotechnologies Silicon anodes will improve lithium ion batteries by up to 40%

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Sila Nanotechnologies has silicon-dominant anode products that drop into existing battery manufacturing processes, replace graphite entirely, and deliver significantly higher energy density at the cell-level with lower swelling. Sila Nanotechnologies emerged from stealth mode last month, partnering with BMW to …

chinaUS Arms race will not re-enable US dominance of South China Sea against bases on man made islands

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China has military facilities on disputed islands in the South China Sea and is now capable of controlling the South China Sea, according to the admiral slated to be the next Pacific Command chief. Admiral Philip Davidson told the Senate …

futureHolographic sails fixes last technical issues for interstellar laser pushed sails

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Greg Matloff and his wife, C Bangs, have researched the use of holographic films for solar and laser pushed space sails. Matloff’s work is described at Centauri Dreams. Greg Matloff is on the Advisor’s Board of Yuri Milner’s $100 million …