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July 2, 2018 | Source: Harvard Paulson School, seas.harvard.edu, 6 Feb 2018, Leah Burrows
Using Shark Scales to Design Better Drones, Planes, and Wind Turbines
To build more aerodynamic machines, researchers are drawing inspiration from an unlikely source: the ocean. A team of evolutionary biologists and engineers at Harvard University,...
June 22, 2018 | Source: GCN, gcn.com, 18 June 2018, Matt Leonard
Los Alamos Deploys Drone Mitigation Tech
Los Alamos National Laboratory has set up a system to spot and, if needed, bring down drones that fly into its air space, which is off limits to hobbyist drone flights. The...
June 18, 2018 | Source: The Optical Society, osa.org, 28 Feb 2018, OSA Media Relations
Low-Cost Lightweight Hyperspectral Imagers Bring Sophisticated Imaging Capability to Drones
In a new study, researchers used 3D printing and low-cost parts to create an inexpensive hyperspectral imager that is light enough to use onboard drones. They offer a recipe for...
June 18, 2018 | Source: GCN, gcn.com, 14 June 2018, Caroline Mohan
FAA to Convene Two-day Science and Research Panel Discussion on Safe Multiple-Drone Operations
The Federal Aviation Administration wants to convene experts and explore research on multiple-unmanned aircraft systems operations as the agency works to prepare for an...
June 4, 2018 | Source: Breaking Defense, breakingdefense.com, 10 May 2018, Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
Marines Want Armored Recon Prototypes by 2023: F-35 On Wheels or FCS Redux?
It's important to explore a wide range of options and not lock down requirements too early, Lt. Gen. Walsh said. (By contrast, FCS set precise objectives and only then looked to...
Defense Systems Digest - 22 May 2018
May 21, 2018 | Source: The Verge, theverge.com, 2018, Casey Newton
Facebook Takes Flight - Inside the Test Flight of Facebook’s First Internet Drone
At 2AM, in the dark morning hours of June 28th, Mark Zuckerberg woke up and got on a plane. He was traveling to an aviation testing facility in Yuma, AZ, where a small Facebook...
May 7, 2018 | Source: IEEE Spectrum, spectrum.ieee.org, 1 February 2018, Paul Scharre
Debating Slaughterbots and the Future of Autonomous Weapons
People can look at the same technology and disagree about how it will shape the future, explains Paul Scharre as he shares a final perspective on the Slaughterbots debate. Paul...
Survivability and Vulnerability
May 7, 2018 | Source: DARPA, darpa.mil, 20 March 2018
DARPA OFFSET Second Swarm Sprint Pursuing State-of-the-Art Solutions
DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program envisions future small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and/or small unmanned ground...
April 23, 2018 | Source: Signal, afcea.org, 1 January 2018, Kimberly Underwood
Marines Size Up Laser Weapons
U.S. Marine Corps operations are demanding. Weapons need to be ruggedized and mobile for quick assaults. And high-energy laser weapons such as those the Navy is developing will be...