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SpaceX has been on a roll lately with its Falcon 9 launches. The company has stuck to a rapid pace, launching payloads into Earth's orbit every few weeks (or more often in some cases) during 2017. Today, SpaceX successfully launched one of its most important (and classified) payloads to date: the U.S. Air Force's Boeing X-37B spy plane. This marks the first time that SpaceX was granted the opportunity to use its Falcon 9 to launch the X-37B, and it shows that the Air Force has confidence in the rocket's reliability rating. The X-37B's four previous missions began with it being thrust into orbit... Read more...
Residents near Cape Canaveral, Florida were awakened by a strange alarm clock on Sunday morning. The United States military’s secretive and experimental Orbital Test Vehicle, or X-37B space plane, broke through the sound barrier on its return to earth awakening many residents. It landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 7:47am EST. Image from: United States Air Force X-37B program manager Lt. Col. Ron Fehlen commented, “The landing of OTV-4 marks another success for the X-37B program and the nation. We are incredibly pleased with the performance of the space vehicle and are excited about the... Read more...
Warfare is evolving at a pace faster than most people could have predicted even just a decade ago. Advances in technology have led to some incredibly high-tech gear on the battlefield and in the skies. In regards to the latter, the United States Air Force has developed an F-16 drone that can not only fly autonomously, it can also engage in battle with intelligent strategies that it conceives on its own. The Air Force had already been using F-16 drones as practice targets for the F-35 to destroy in training. Now the Air Force has announced fully autonomous air-to-air and ground strike capabilities... Read more...
This spring has been an important one for SpaceX. Elon Musk’s space flight company landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a barge (though a little too hard) and then completed a successful abort test for the Dragon capsule. So far, the spotlight has generally been on what SpaceX can do for our astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS). Today, the U.S. Air Force announced that it has certified SpaceX for “national security space launch missions.”The announcement was made by Lieutenant General Samuel Greaves, Commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). “The SpaceX and SMC... Read more...
Some of the smartest people in the history of computer technology figured out that one of the most powerful ways to solve problems and advance a platform or project are to open them up and solicit the collective brainpower and creativity of the whole world. Collaboration has driven technology forward and brought forth such innovations as Linux—which is the basis for the operating systems of an astonishing amount of today’s computing devices, including Android-based mobile devices. To this day, open collaboration through online communities sustains and propels the innovation of a great... Read more...
Thank you to The Air Force Collaboratory for sponsoring this article. Learn how your idea could change everything. The U.S. Air Force is looking for bright students to participate in its new collaborative program called The Air Force Collaboratory. Simply put, the Air Force is opening up three unclassified projects to anyone who wants to participate in solving some of the “toughest science and technology challenges” that the Air Force faces. Anyone can sign up by creating a profile via Facebook or email, and your customized profile page will show your activity, achievements, and more.... Read more...
We've discussed Sony's decision to shut down Other OS functionality and abandon the supercomputing market several times in the past 12 months. One of the expansions in progress even as Sony killed these programs, dubbed Condor, is now fully online for the first time. This new cluster is composed of 1,716 PS3s and, if it delivers as promised, will greatly enhance the quality of image processing available to the Air Force and Air National Guard. The system has been some years in the building—the Rome NY-based research lab first began requesting additional PS3's back in 2009. Digital image processing... Read more...
The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $750,000 contract to Wombat Security Technologies for the creation of a "micro-game platform" that trains people not to fall for phishing schemes. Wombat is best known for anti-phishing training games with cartoon-like graphics and names like Anti-Phishing Phyllis, Anti-Phishing Phil, and PhishGuru. This is the second Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract the USAF has awarded to Wombat. The SBIR program is basically a R&D grant program awarded to small businesses developing promising technology for government use. Anti-Phishing Phyllis and her goldfish-like... Read more...
You can hardly talk about U.S. military and defense systems without mentioning Raytheon. The same company that introduced an iPhone app for the battlefield a few months ago has just announced a huge contract win that could change the way GPS is viewed and used forever. And if you've ever wished that you could find a signal in a crowded city or have a GPS unit with more accuracy, there's a good chance you'll appreciate this.The United States Air Force has selected Raytheon for an "initial contract of $886 million to develop a new element of the Global Positioning System to improve the accuracy of... Read more...