As soon as the government in Syria agreed to give up its arsenal of chemical weapons, a logistical challenge was immediately presented: How do you safely consolidate and then destroy volatile compounds, particularly in a region still actively engaged in a civil war?
The U.S. Army is evaluating new stealth helicopter designs in a quest to update the capabilities of its choppers. Military helicopter design has been fairly consistent for decades; the proposed aircraft represent a departure (in some cases, a dramatic departure) from traditional models.
A company in Texas has come up with a high-tech weapon that takes the human-error element out of marksmanship almost completely. Tracking Point, based in Austin, has developed a $25,000 gun (in the company’s nomenclature, a precision-guided firearm) that allows even novice shooters to hit targets up to 1,000 yds. away with nearly 100% accuracy. According to this article on CNET, one of the company’s engineers was even able to nail a moving stinkbug at 98 yards. Continue reading
Participants in the DARPA Robotics Challenge completed the competition’s Virtual Robotics Challenge this week. In the five-day event, 26 teams programmed a virtual robot to complete complex tasks. Seven of those teams have advanced and will now work with Boston Dynamics’ Atlas humanoid robot during the next phase of the competition.