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Technology: A Look At The Phantom Express Spaceplane Concept (Video)

A spaceplane? A HYPERSONIC spaceplane?? You mean we’re getting that in real life? Hell yes! Thank you, technology and science (and business and military)!

The Phantom Express is the latest spaceplane concept. DARPA and Boeing joined up to design an unmanned space craft that can carry 3,000 lb payloads on daily flights.
– Tech Insider


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Technology: MIT Lets Its Cheetah Give The Defense Department A Run For Its Money (Video)

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military, is at again! Above is video of The Cheetah 2MIT research funded by DARPA – capable of running 10 mph and jumping more than a foot over stuff. You’ll see all that above. Not only in a sterile lab; but out and about in the school’s yard. Not in the jungle… yet. But near-term applications like improvements in human prostheses; not jungle warfare… yet.


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Technology: NASA’s New Superhero Robot (Video)

Of the teams participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) last year, NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) developed the clear winner – a humanoid robonaut, Valkyrie.

Valkyrie (designated R5 by NASA) is a 1.9 meter tall, 125 kilogram, battery-powered human-like robot. A JSC team in Houston partnered with The University of Texas and Texas A&M (with funding from the state of Texas) to build the R5 for the DRC.

The DRC challenge was to create tech that could walk over uneven terrain, climb a ladder, use tools, and drive; pretty much be capable of operating in the same spaces that a person would operate in, under the control of humans who have only minimal training with robots. Nice. Take a look.

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Technology: A 1.8 Gigapixel ‘Eye in the Sky’ – No Hiding From ARGUS-IS (Video)

Whoa. As a high-tech society, we have already crossed many barriers; some, perhaps, maybe we should not have.

‘The U.S. Air Force, right now, has the ability to archive every single video that comes off of every single UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle]. We’re moving to an increasingly electronic society where our movements are going to be tracked.’

– Mary “Missy” Cummings, MIT Humans and Automation Lab

One million terabytes of video a day, with high enough resolution to track an object six inches from the sidewalk… in your city… from 15,000 feet above… saved forever. Take a second to be amazed. Then spend the rest of your day SHOOK!

This might already be deployed in Afghanistan… it MIGHT already be deployed closer to home! That information is classified.

Watch yourself, people. Big Brother probably is. Just saying.

‘This is the next generation of surveillance… It is important for the public to know that some of these capabilities exist.’

– Yiannis Antoniades, BAE Systems, Creator of ARGUS-IS

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