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Researchers develop hands-free, eyes-free navigation for soldiers

Posted May 16, 2014 by Joyce M. Conant

Army photograph by Korey Mort Bruce Mortimer, director of Research and Development, Engineering Acoustics, Inc., Casselberry, Fla., provides training to the Soldiers prior to field assessments. Soldiers quickly learned how to use a tactile navigation system, and attained proficiency with the signals within 10-15 minutes. Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory continue to develop…

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Navy conducts initial Fire Scout, H-60 helo demonstration aboard LCS

Posted May 16, 2014 by

Sailors aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1) demonstrated the future concept of operations (CONOPS) for manned and unmanned helicopters aboard littoral combat ships during an underway off the coast of San Diego April 25-May 16, in preparation for an initial deployment of the aircraft later this year.

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Air Force moves closer to KC-46A beddown

Posted May 16, 2014 by Jennifer Schneider

Courtesy photograph Several projects will break ground at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., in the upcoming weeks, including construction of one- and two-bay hangars like those depicted in this rendering. The construction is part of the beddown effort for the Air ForceĆ­s new fleet of KC-46A aerial tankers, expected to arrive in 2016. The Air…

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From idea to market in eight years, DARPA-fFunded DEKA Arm System earns FDA approval

Posted May 14, 2014 by

DAPRA photograph The DEKA Arm System is capable of handling objects as delicate as grapes and eggs and also manipulating power tools, such as a hand drill. DARPA launched the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program with a radical goal: gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for an advanced electromechanical prosthetic upper limb with near-natural control that…

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Army designing next-generation protective mask

Posted May 12, 2014 by

Army illustration Army researchers envision a fan embedded within the mask’s filtration system that uses less power, is lighter and is far less bulky than conventional respirators. It’s hot. Humidity is near 100 percent, and you’re in full combat gear — including chemical-biological protection. Between your helmet and mask, your entire head is covered, leaving…

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Apache-UAV teaming combines ‘best capabilities of man, machine’

Posted May 12, 2014 by David Vergun

Apache helicopters, teamed with Gray Eagle and Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles, are a winning combo, according to Col. Thomas von Eschenbach.

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DOD needs new base closure round, senior official says

Posted May 12, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department is calling on Congress to authorize another round of base realignments and closures because of excess capacity that is cutting into funding for troop readiness and other higher priority needs, a senior DOD official said. We cannot afford to waste money on infrastructure that essentially taxes the war fighters for the readiness…

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New software assists with next generation of advanced aircraft

Posted May 12, 2014 by Deidre Ortiz

Courtesy graphic In the diagram, the first image is of a rotor fan surface geometry that was the result of the laser scan. The second image shows computational fluid dynamics mesh that was generated from the surface and then used to produce the CFD results. The third image shows a portion of the CFD flowfield…

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Special Operations Command leads development of ‘Iron Man’ suit

Posted May 9, 2014 by Donna Miles

The U.S. Special Operations Command is using unprecedented outreach and collaboration to develop something special with revolutionary capabilities.

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Aviators eager to witness birth of Future Vertical Lift aircraft

Posted May 9, 2014 by David Vergun

Pilots want to fly it, mechanics want to maintain it, but no one knows for sure what the Future Vertical Lift aircraft will look like or what its characteristics will be once it cracks its shell and hatches.

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