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Science & Defence Technology

US Army tests high energy laser in exercise

A melted UAV that was hit by a laser.Last month, the US Army's Space and Missile Defense Command proved again how effective the High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck is at destroying unmanned aerial vehicles, quad-copters and even laptops with just a blast of concentrated light.

US Army experiments on providing 'unlimited magazine' to 2025 soldiers

A railgun test.A swarm of experts from across the United States assembled for a two-week experiment at Fort Sill trying out systems with the potential to provide service members with unlimited weapons capabilities. The event, called Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment, spanned, April 11-22, and demonstrated two types of weaponry - one using lasers and the other using electricity-propelled projectiles to acquire and destroy targets.

SpaceX breaks Boeing-Lockheed monopoly on military space launches

A SpaceX launch.The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX an $83 million contract to launch a GPS satellite, breaking the monopoly that Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing have held on military space launches for more than a decade.

DARPA to service satellites in space

Darpa plans to service orbiting satellites.Satellites operators have been longing for it for decades, and DARPA (once again?) is turning their dream into reality: on March 25, one of America’s most futuristic agency announced it would launch a public-private partnership to provide in-orbit servicing to geosynchronous satellites, both commercial and military.

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