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Dec 18, 2023

U.S. Space Command declares ‘full operational capability’

Posted by in categories: military, space, surveillance

WASHINGTON — U.S. Space Command, the Defense Department’s combatant command responsible for space operations, has achieved full operational capability, its commander Gen. James Dickinson announced Dec. 15.

In short, this means that U.S. Space Command is now fully up and running. It has the staff, infrastructure and plans it needs to handle its mission of conducting space operations and protecting American and allied assets and interests in space.

U.S. Space Command, established in 2019 in Colorado Springs, is tasked to monitor space activity and threats, support other military units with space capabilities like communications and surveillance, respond to crises involving space, deter aggression and defeat enemies if needed.

Dec 15, 2023

China’s Air Force simulates warplane maintenance with Microsoft headsets

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, holograms, military

A video released by a Chinese state broadcaster shows the use of Microsoft Hololens 2 to simulate maintenance on a warplane.

The Chinese military is reported to be utilizing mixed-reality goggles manufactured by Microsoft for equipment maintenance, as shown in a video released by a state broadcaster.

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Dec 14, 2023

China’s Cyber Threat: Is U.S. Infrastructure at Risk?

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, military

The Chinese military has been escalating its cyber capabilities, posing a potential threat to key American infrastructure. This includes power and water utilities, as well as communication and transportation systems. Over the past year, hackers affiliated with China’s People’s Liberation Army have successfully infiltrated the computer systems of approximately two dozen critical entities.

These cyber intrusions are not isolated incidents. They are part of a broader strategy to develop methods that could cause panic, chaos, or disrupt logistics in the event of a U.S.-China conflict. The victims of these cyber-attacks include a water utility in Hawaii, a major West Coast port, and at least one oil and gas pipeline. There was also an attempt to breach the operator of Texas’s power grid.

Dec 14, 2023

China’s Military Linked to Cyber Infiltration of US Essential Services: Report

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, military


• The Chinese military is reportedly increasing its attempts to infiltrate essential infrastructure, utilities, communication, and transportation services in the U.S., according to anonymous U.S. officials and cybersecurity experts.

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Dec 13, 2023

Wild new NASA plasma tech reduces drag during hypersonic flight

Posted by in categories: chemistry, government, military, satellites

According to a notice the agency posted on the government contracting portal SAM.gov on Thursday (Dec. 7), the technology was developed by researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia and has been studied for use in a simulated entry into Neptune’s atmosphere. A separate 2021 study of the same technology studied it for use in the atmosphere of Mars.

Related: Space Force wants ‘Foo Fighter’ satellites to track hypersonic missiles

The agency claims its MHD system is “simpler than conventional methods for control of hypersonic craft (e.g., chemical propulsion, shifting flight center of gravity, or trim tabs) and enables new entry, descent, and landing mission architectures.”

Dec 12, 2023

SpaceX Military Starship: Progress, Collaboration, Revenue, Competition, and Design Errors

Posted by in categories: military, space travel

SpaceX is making progress at Starbase, collaborating with the US Transportation Command and Air Force, potentially becoming a major source of revenue, while also facing potential competition from Relativity Space, and experiencing design errors but still managing to save samples.

Questions to inspire discussion.

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Dec 11, 2023

Creating an Audio “Hallucination”

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, holograms, military

Producing fake sound reflections that simulate the presence or absence of an object could allow the military to hide assets underwater.

A hologram plate simulates the presence of a three-dimensional object by reflecting the appropriate light waves. Now researchers have demonstrated an equivalent behavior with sound by precisely mimicking the acoustic pattern scattered from an object [1]. The technique could be useful in military efforts to hide or disguise underwater objects, or it may be useful in modifying the reflected sounds of objects so that they are easier to identify by people with impaired vision.

The sound waves reflected from an object can be used to reconstruct its position and shape, an idea routinely exploited in sonar and ultrasound imaging. In principle, using similar concepts, a cleverly produced pattern of scattered waves streaming out of a small region could signify that an object is present when it is not. Several recent attempts to realize such “acoustic cloning” have been unsuccessful because of limitations in recording the precise pattern of waves an object reflects, a necessary preliminary step.

Dec 11, 2023

IHMC’s Nadia: A task-ready humanoid robot with a boxing edge

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI, space travel, virtual reality

In the exercise, an engineer equipped with a set of virtual reality (VR) goggles is orchestrating the robot’s actions.

Advanced proposition.

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Dec 8, 2023

The Pentagon is moving toward letting AI weapons autonomously decide to kill humans

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI

The use of drones capable of deciding whether to kill humans is alarming critics.

Dec 8, 2023

Why is the US ramping up production of plutonium ‘pits’ for nuclear weapons?

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The Pentagon is concerned about the US nuclear arsenal’s viability, but critics worry about a renewed arms race.

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