Science & Defence Technology

SA debuts MeerKAT radio telescope

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South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope was officially launched this morning. Made up of 64 dishes, each 13.5m in diameter, the MeerKAT array is...

Israel says Hamas tried to snare soldiers in World Cup cyber trap

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Israel's military accused the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Tuesday of trying to hack the mobile phones of Israeli soldiers through a...

SA company to deploy high-res camera into space

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South African company Space Advisory Company (SAC) is poised to deliver the highest resolution hyper-spectral camera yet to fit into a CubeSat. A...

Israeli unmanned boats deliver firepower on the high seas

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African states are increasingly confronted by maritime crime and insecurity. One way to address the security of a country's exclusive economic zone...

Nammo unveils ramjet artillery shell

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Rocket-assisted projectiles (RAP) have been around for decades, but Nammo has gone a step further by using a solid fuel ramjet to...

Aardvark Roost holds Little Crow EW conference in Simons Town

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Electronic warfare (EW) interest group Aardvark Roost held its 16th Mini Aardvark Roost Conference in Simons Town in the Western Cape, where...

Google bars uses of its artificial intelligence tech in weapons

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Google will not allow its artificial intelligence software to be used in weapons or unreasonable surveillance efforts under new standards for its...

Submarine crack detection technology now applied to rail lines

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The synergy between military and civilian applications has again been shown with the Institute for Maritime Technology's (IMT) ultrasonic broken rail detector...

Information and communications under the spotlight at MICSSA

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Information and communication technology and its military applications and capabilities came under the spotlight at the eighth Military Information and Communications Symposium...

Controlling additive manufacturing and intangible transfers of technology

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Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) researchers Kolja Brockmann and Robert Kelley published a research paper last month, about the challenges brought...

Growing counter-space capabilities

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies' (CSIS's) "Space Threat Assessment 2018" argues that the US Military's extensive reliance on space systems...

Hensoldt unveils TwInvis passive radar

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German sensor solutions provider Hensoldt has unveiled its recently named TwInvis passive radar, demonstrating it to the public for the first time...

Rolls-Royce, Airbus to collaborate on new UltraFan engine

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Rolls-Royce and Airbus have signed a deal to collaborate on development of the UltraFan, a new engine that is intended to 25...

Lockheed says ‘flow’ battery will boost use of renewable power

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Lockheed Martin Corp hopes to launch a new "flow" battery made of inexpensive, nontoxic materials that can help utilities save money and...

Space Weather Centre unveiled in Hermanus

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The Department of Science and Technology has unveiled the upgraded Space Weather Regional Warning Centre in Hermanus, Western Cape. The South African National...

US Army scientists uncover way to stop cyber intrusions

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US Army-funded researchers at the University of California in Los Angles have found a proverbial smoking gun signature of the long sought-after...

Additive manufacturing and ceramics composites

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At least two technologies will prove critical in tomorrow's aerospace industry. The first is ceramic-matrix composites technology (CMC or "ceramics"), which feature...

British scientists on the brink of titanium revolution

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The UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in Porton Down has revolutionised the production of titanium by reducing the 40-stage process...

Scientists hope harpoons can skewer space junk crisis

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A European satellite launched this week to try out ways of tackling the growing amount of garbage in space will use technology...

GE’s Catalyst turboprop promises to be a game-changer

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General Electric (GE) has announced the new name for its Catalyst turboprop, previously known as the Advanced Turboprop (ATP). Vice-president and general manager...

China to offer commercial recoverable satellites in next two years

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China plans to begin offering recoverable satellites to commercial users between 2019 and 2020, the official state news agency Xinhua reported. The country...

Israel gets ready to counter UAV swarm attacks

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In recent years, UAVs have been used by terror organizations in Lebanon and the Gaza strip to penetrate Israeli airspace. All these...

Fitness app Strava overhauls map that revealed military positions

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Fitness-tracking app Strava said starting on Tuesday it will restrict access to an online map that shows where people run, cycle and...

Off-the-shelf technology assisting peacekeepers

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As the summer heat baked the Central African Republic (CAR), tensions between ex-Séléka and Anti-Balaka forces boiled near the town of Kaga-Bandoro...

Test pod assisting Denel’s missile programmes

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Denel Dynamics is successfully using an aircraft-mounted testing pod to cost effectively and quickly develop its missiles, including the A-Darter and Marlin....

Saab command and control system keeps runners safe

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Saab Grintek Defence will deploy its Chaka situational awareness and command and control system in the Kalahari Desert in support of the...

Pentagon reviewing security after fitness apps show locations

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered a review of security protocols, officials say, after fitness tracking devices broadcast patterns of movement...

Lebanese security agency turns smartphone into selfie spycam

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Lebanon's intelligence service may have turned the smartphones of thousands of targeted individuals into cyber-spying machines in one of the first known...

Boeing unveils prototype for unmanned electric cargo air vehicle

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Boeing on Wednesday unveiled a prototype for an unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing cargo air vehicle (CAV) that the planemaker said will be used...

Are the USA’s electromagnetic guns going off the rails?

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Beginning 2005, the US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) started development of an electro magnetic railgun (EMRG). Using magnetic fields to...

Airbus outlines CyberSecurity predictions for 2018

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Researchers at Airbus' external Cyber Security business have compiled their top technology predictions for 2018, based on trends identified at its Security...

Undersea cables: Indispensable, insecure

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"Indispensable, insecure." UK think tank Policy Exchange's fellow Rishi Sunak MP concisely describes in the title of his 48-page report both the...

Nigerian start-up among 12 selected for development by Airbus BizLab

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Start-up accelerator Airbus BizLab is hosting twelve new start-ups from around the world – including Nigeria – over a six-month period at...

Tankers and similar assets vulnerable to modern air warfare

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Published in 2015, the latest National Military Strategy of the United States acknowledged that, in addition to the early 21st century threats...

Digital and electronic attacks a growth threat – Ansys

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Local digital technology group Ansys has warned of the growing risk of digital and electronic attacks in both the public and private...

DNA kit set to boost fight against wildlife crime

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The Department of Environmental Affairs has launched a DNA barcoding kit to help officials to combat wildlife crime. The kit was produced in...

CSIR looking to expand passive radar testing

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to expand its pioneering passive radar research over the next few years and...

Hypersonic missile nonpropliferation

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Late last month, Richard H. Speier, George Nacouzi, Carrie A. Lee, Richard M. Moore – researchers from the prestigious RAND Corporation International...

Safran hopes new fuel-efficient jet engine can reshape air travel

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French aero engine maker Safran unveiled a new engine prototype on Tuesday that would radically cut fuel consumption, potentially reshaping air travel...

3D printed components for AHRLAC

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Three metal aircraft components can now be produced using an advanced 3D printer developed as part of the joint CSIR/Aerosud Innovation Centre...

Mandela Bay Metro to get gunshot detection systems

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Mandela Bay will be acquiring Shot Spotter gunshot detection systems to control crime and gang violence in the municipality. This is according to...

Thales opens metal 3D printing facility in Morocco

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Thales has inaugurated a new facility in Casablanca, Morocco, specialising in metal additive manufacturing, also known as metal 3D printing. The new industrial...

Australian military developing ‘black box’ for soldiers

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Australia is developing develop the equivalent of a Black Box for soldiers, known as the ‘Fight Recorder', for its soldiers to be...

Buzz as world’s biggest drone drug deliveries take off in Tanzania

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Tanzania is set to launch the world's largest drone delivery network in January, with drones parachuting blood and medicines out of the...

Airbus BizLab launches first aerospace accelerator challenge in Southern Africa

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Airbus BizLab has launched the #Africa4Future challenge, targeting Southern African startups with innovative ideas that will help define the aerospace business of...

Chinese quantum satellite sends ‘unbreakable’ code

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China has sent an "unbreakable" code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has...

Tech makes small gains in rhino poaching fight

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Technology is making some small gains in the fight against rhino poaching in SA. This emerged from environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa's speech...

Astro-junk and the space geckos

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Over the years, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO), the region between the Earth's surface and 2,000km, has become a junkyard. Since the...

Global cyber attack could spur $53bn loss

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A major global cyber attack could trigger an average of $53 billion of economic losses, a figure on par with a catastrophic...

Ghana and South Africa mark first success in African radio telescope network

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A communications antenna in Ghana has been converted from being a redundant telecoms instrument into a functioning very long baseline interferometry (VLBI)...

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