It might be a few years until they’re zipping through the sky, but DARPA is developing a radical new X-Plane capable of vertical flight. Oh, and it looks like something straight out of science fiction.
With most of the focus on NASA’s development of the Orion crew capsule, it’s worth noting the U.S. government is also looking to create a new reusable space plane in the same vein as the space shuttle — but (hopefully) a whole lot better.
The defense research firm Lockheed Martin has figured out how to attach a laser weapon to a business class jet — and it works. So, when the aliens attack, we’ll be able to retrofit jets to help fight off the attackers. Huzzah!
It sounds like something straight out of science fiction, but the Department of Defense is developing a new smart bullet that can be controlled in flight — meaning it’s basically a bullet you can steer.
You don't have to look much further than Star Wars: Attack of the Clones to see how handy a low-level walking war robot could be on the battlefield. So, not surprisingly, scientists have now put together the first edition of what is essentially a mini-AT-TE. It's both adorable, and deadly.