Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Present And Future Roles Of Robotics In The Defense Industry

In manufacturing, robotics has already become a staple for much of the past half-century. It is used to automate processes, resulting in more efficient production.

Robots and their peripheral equipment have also found its way into military and law enforcement applications. And thanks to government mandate and investment, robotics in the armed forces is continuing to grow at an accelerated rate.

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As of now, the use of robotics in the military is still rather limited. It is, however, helpful in preventing the loss of life and limb.

In combat operations, the machines can act as a substitute for reconnaissance patrols, especially in high-risk areas, inspection of objects that might explode in urban areas, and bomb defusal units. They have been successful in surveillance and security operations and replacing human soldiers in hazardous environments.

Another well-known application of robotics in the field is the widespread use of drones in counterinsurgency operations in the Middle East.

The potential future of robotics in the defense industry has yet to be tapped because while there is increasing heavy use of unmanned machines piloted by Army personnel, robots can be programmed to be autonomous, capable of thinking and deciding on their own. That is still far into the future because of legitimate concerns about ethics and possibility of friendly fire or malfunctions.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Military Tech: Weapons For The New Age

As the saying goes, nothing measures human evolution quite like technology. Although it’s true that human technology is mostly for the improvement of people’s lives, it’s also deployed towards preventing bad elements from infiltrating a country. Here are some of the weapons currently in development that would greatly boost America’s defense.

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Quantum computers

Quantum computers have the capacity to manipulate even the smallest of energies. This is a big deal since technology of this level can render any kind of encryption obsolete. Since in theory, quantum computers (or parts of it) can exist in many places at the same time, they are exponentially faster than the best computers today.

Robots

The development of field-ready robots has evolved by leaps and bounds over the past few decades. From Wall-E-robots that roam the surface of a battlefield detonating landmines, to the newer dog-like machines, robots are little by little making their way into national defense. Soon, robots will be able to carry ammunition and medical supplies, allowing for a soldier’s extra mobility.

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Nano weapons

Probably even more advanced than quantum computers, nanotech is definitely the wave of the future. Changing things on a molecular level can mean that anything’s possible when it comes to warfare. Medics will have a considerably higher success rate of healing ailing combatants. Surveillance and intelligence devices can enter almost any chamber. And when molecules are weaponized, they could literally tear apart the enemy.
 
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Technological Marvel That Is The Stealth Bomber

One of the most recognizable fighter planes in history is the Northrop Gumman B-2 Spirit, otherwise known as the Stealth Bomber.  This dark ominous aircraft looks like something out of a science fiction movie, or something Batman would have.  The Stealth Bomber has the ability to carry and deploy both conventional and nuclear weapons, and that makes it one of the biggest threats the world has ever witnessed.  The capability of the flying machine to carry over 15,000 kilograms, and still be in stealth mode, is nothing short of astounding, and terrifying.

Northrop Gumman, the Stealth Bomber’s creator, started work on the machine some time during the 1970s, under the administration of then American President Jimmy Carter.  It was completed some twenty years later, in 1997.  The entire cost of the development of the plane was over $730 million.  The procurement almost exceeded $930 million.  The entire program, which involved testing, was over $2 billion for each bomber.
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Its ability to strike from 50,000 feet makes the Stealth Bomber the perfect killing machine.  The bomber’s range, which is more than 11,000 kilometers, makes it one of the most versatile war machines ever made.  If refueled in mid-air, it can fly for an unbelievable 19,000 kilometers.  It is only the second stealth aircraft next to the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk. 

The Northrop Gumman B-2 Spirit has seen action before, most notably in the Kosovo War of 1999, and the wars against Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Black Hornet: A Peek at the Drone that can Fit Inside the Pocket

As the age of drone warfare is progressing, there have been various developments in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that help the military advance their cause.  One such drone is the Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Aircraft System.

Fitting inside the palm of the hand, it measures around 10 centimeters long and 2.5 centimeters tall, and its rotor spans around 10 centimeters as well.  It is also lightweight, weighing just 16 grams, including its batteries and the surveillance camera.

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The Black Hornet was first used by British troops in Afghanistan last 2012.  And it has been effective as a reconnaissance device.  Rather than risk the lives of frontline soldiers in checking for ambushes or enemy positions, the ultra-compact scout can be used instead.

It has also been designed to blend in with its surroundings and withstand the elements.  Its exterior is colored to match the muddy grey walls in the Middle East and constructed with a rugged, plastic-molded shell to handle harsh weather conditions.  The aerodynamic shape also make it capable of enduring stormy winds.  It flies on quiet electric motors so it can be operated stealthily.

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The easy-to-pilot micro UAV has been an effective and valuable asset in providing high-quality recon images videos that more than 300 units are currently deployed.
 
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

How Important Are Air Purification Systems In The Military?

When observing the action from afar, one might think that it is hardly a concern for the military to look into air and gas systems within their compound. It makes sense that this unsuspecting view is the kind of thing that America’s enemies try to exploit.

Airborne contamination is serious. When threats make use of this as a medium to do damage, it can be done in the subtlest of ways. It is an obvious fact that the military has made very formidable enemies who can cook up sagacious plans.

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There are lesser kinds of contamination such as atmospheric dirt and dust addressed by air purification systems, which truly can be quite a nuisance to deal with. But there are far more serious things that the military is worried about.

Carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, two gases which are quite readily available in industrial environments, have proven to be very silent killers, undetected by the eyes, leaving no traceable scent. The former is a known asphyxiant in large concentrations, and the other is easily absorbed into the bloodstream.

But of all killers in the air, one huge class takes the cake. These are chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, otherwise referred to as CBRNs. When put into use, these are sure to inflict catastrophic damage to both civilians and soldiers. As sure as America’s military bears the compulsion to keep its civilians safe, outside threats are always going to find ways to make use of this means to taint breathable air, with nerve agents, blood agents, nuclear particles, viruses or bacteria.

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In a sense, air purification systems are probably the first responders to the threats we don’t see. In military survival, it is not just important. It’s just about everything.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

That muggy feeling: Fighting humidity through dehumidifiers

For many people, humidity represents that muggy, dense, and thick feeling in the air during a hot summer day, particularly in regions close to the equator. This is referred to as relative humidity, caused by the maximum amount of water vapor that can be held in the surrounding atmosphere at any given time.
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The discomfort associated with humidity is caused by the inability for the air to draw water vapor, interfering with the ability for sweat to keep the body cool. But physical comfort is hardly the only problem that arises from excess humidity. A humid atmosphere experiencing a drop in temperature would suddenly form condensation, which can cause a number of problems such as metallic corrosion and short circuits in electrical equipment. 

Condensation is usually prevented through temperature regulation and adequate ventilation, ensuring that the air is neither cool enough nor too dense to condense. However, heat cannot remove water from air and there are instances when ventilation would prove insufficient. 

Dehumidification is another way to combat the effects of atmospheric humidity and condensation. This involves removing water vapor from the surrounding air through one of two processes. Many dehumidifying devices are based on refrigeration, which draw in air and cool it from within, condensing and collecting the water in the process. Meanwhile, dessicant dehumidifiers rely on a substance that absorbs water, similar to the silica gel dessicants found in many household items.

Although energy intensive, dessicant dehumidifiers are excellent at removing humidity from cooler areas. Refrigeration dehumidifiers, on the other hand, are ideal for higher temperatures with a higher overall humidity.
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Friday, July 8, 2016

Iconic Electronic Gadgets in the Military

The U.S. military has increasingly relied on technological advancements to help its various campaigns. From 5th generation jet fighters to the most advanced radar and satellite systems ever created, technology has been a deciding factor in many conflicts. Here are some of the most hands-on gadgets used by the military today.

Prism 200c Backpack
A milestone in covert operations, the Prism 200c Backpack is an ordinary looking backpack than can scan spaces behind concrete walls at the flick of a switch, with virtually little-to-no download time. Laying the bag against the outer wall of a room will allow smartphones to receive 3-D images of the interior via Bluetooth.

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Dragonfly Surveillance Robot
The Dragonfly Surveillance Robot looks like a prop straight out of spy movies with science-fiction technology. Because of the size of the robot, soldiers can operate dozens of them in an area, and people would think these devices were real bugs. Other uses for such machines would be to locate people trapped in accidents and collapsed structures.

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Liquid Armor
As useful for soldiers as it is for the local police, liquid armor may well be the best kind of armor ever produced. It provides better protection for its wearers compared to Kevlar and metal plates, while weighing so much less. The Non-Newtonian Fluid hardens when pressure is applied to it, which makes gives it an advantage over Kevlar. While Kevlar can resist bullets, it cannot stop knife attacks. But liquid armor can.

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