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October 22, 2018 | Source: California Institute of Technology, caltech.edu, 15 May 2018, Robert Perkins
No Motor, No Battery, No Problem
New robot concept uses responsive materials to swim through water. Engineers at Caltech and ETH Zurich have developed robots capable of self-propulsion without using any motors,...
October 8, 2018 | Source: AirForce Times, airforcetimes.com, 22 Sept 2018, Charlsy Panzino
Here’s How Air Mobility Command Will Improve Aircraft Survivability
“Our ability to deploy decisive force is foundational to the National Defense Strategy. The size and lethality of the force is of little consequence if we can’t get it where it...
Survivability and Vulnerability
May 7, 2018 | Source: Georgia Institute of Technology, rh.gatech.edu, 26 Jan 2018, John Toon
Researchers Boost Efficiency and Stability of Optical Rectennas
The research team that announced the first optical rectenna in 2015 is now reporting a two-fold efficiency improvement in the devices — and a switch to air-stable diode materials...
March 18, 2018 | Source: Defense Systems, defensesystems.com, 23 March 2017
Air Force Plans Recoverable Hypersonic Drones by 2040
Air Force weapons developers expect to operate hypersonic intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance drones by the 2040s, once scientific progress with autonomy and propulsion...
February 8, 2018
Shortages and Risks to the U.S. Energetic Materials Supply Chain
What are the potential risks to the U.S. energetic materials supply chain? DSIAC staff conducted research on the energetic materials supply chain and provided links to a...
Affordable Access to Low Earth Orbit
A NEW VISION The last decade has seen a resurgence of NASA’s bold visions, from returning humans to the moon after a 50-year hiatus to colonizing Mars. President George W. Bush...
September 11, 2017 | Source: Naval Aviation News, navalaviationnews.navylive.dodlive.mil, 14 March 2017, Jeff Newman
Ramjet: New Threats Call For Old Tech
The U.S. Navy took the first step to reintroducing to the fleet an old-but-much-needed technology when it successfully tested a solid-fuel ramjet engine at Naval Air Warfare...
August 28, 2017 | Source: NASA, nasa.gov, 2 August 2017, Jennifer Stanfield and Lee Mohon
NASA Working on Advanced Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Technologies
As NASA pursues innovative, cost-effective alternatives to conventional propulsion technologies to forge new paths into the solar system, researchers at NASA's Marshall Space...
August 14, 2017 | Source: Ars Technica, arstechnica.com, 22 February 2017, Eric Berger
NASA’s Longshot Bet on Revolutionary Plasma-Based Rockets May Pay Off
Franklin Chang-Díaz bounds up a handful of stairs and peers through a porthole cut into the side of a silver, tanker-truck-sized vacuum chamber. Inside, a blueish-purple light...
July 27, 2017 | Source: Space Flight Now, spaceflightnow.com, 26 July 2017, Stephen Clark
SpaceX Tweaks Dragon 2 Design, Nixes Propulsive Landings
SpaceX’s upgraded Dragon capsules will not return astronauts to Earth for powered landings as originally envisioned, company boss Elon Musk said Wednesday, a design change that...