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Science & Defence Technology

SPOT 6 and 7 satellite imagery now available at SANSA


altAirbus Defence and Space (ADS) has installed a SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 satellite Direct Receiving Station (DRS) at the South African National Space Agency’s (Sansa’s) premises, allowing it to download and access imagery from these two satellites.
   

U.S. military sees more use of laser, microwave weapons


Illustration of a seaborne laser weapon.Lasers, microwaves and other directed energy weapons could soon be used more widely by the U.S. military, top armed forces officials and U.S. lawmakers told an industry conference on Tuesday.
   

US Navy develops new transparent, moldable, bulletproof material


Spinel.The concept from an iconic Star Trek scene is working its way to commercial use, with innumerable military applications. In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Scotty barters for materials by offering up the formula for “transparent aluminum.” The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is making that concept a reality.
   

Rail guns and lasers to revolutionise naval surface warfare


A rail gun test.Two radical weapons will revolutionize naval warfare in the second decade of the 21st century, with lasers tasked with anti-aircraft, anti-missile, and anti-small-craft roles, while rail guns will give surface ships an entirely new dimension of ship-killing firepower.
   

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