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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Signs Huge Supercomputer Deal with Defense Department


The Defense Department is paying $57 million to Hewlett Packard Enterprise for supercomputers that it plans to use for tasks like designing helicopters and weather forecasting. The Air Force Research Laboratory and Defense Department's Supercomputing Resource Center at the Wright-Patterson Air Forc...

Elon Musk explains why SpaceX's Falcon Heavy core booster crashed

FOX News

Former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino reacts to the historic test flight. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter Monday (Feb. 12) to share some new details on last week's Falcon Heavy test flight, including why the massive rocket's core booster crashed. SpaceX is also building a new drone ship for roc...

Elon Musk plans new SpaceX drone ship, A Shortfall of Gravitas


Thanks to SpaceX and Elon Musk, a space-mannequin driving a red Tesla Roadster is burned into our brains. USA SpaceX's Of Course I Still Love You drone ship, which is based on the East Coast. (Photo: SpaceX) CAPE CANAVERAL -- A new SpaceX drone ship under construction will help the company handle ...

Are the claims of "psycho automation" in regard to Qantas flight QF72 justified?


In media stories last week, for example this one in The West Australian, former airline Captain Kevin Sullivan broke his long silence on what happened on Qantas Airways flight QF72 in October 2008. Traveling from Singapore to Perth, the Airbus A330-300 aircraft suddenly lost altitude over the north-west of Western Australia, causing unrestrained passengers and crew to be flung around the cabin. The injuries were serious, and included fractures, lacerations and spinal injuries. Captain Sullivan called a mayday and made an emergency landing at the remote Learmonth Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base. At least 110 of the 303 passengers and nine of the 12 crew members had been injured.

Governor: Military Drone Maker, 350 Jobs Coming to Oklahoma

U.S. News

In six months, the company wants to move into a 75,000 square-foot facility.

Artificial Intelligence Drone Defeats Fighter Pilot: The Future?


In an intriguing paper certain to catch the eye of senior Pentagon officials, a company claims that an artificial intelligence program it designed allowed drones to repeatedly and convincingly "defeat" a human pilot in simulations in a test done with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL). A highly experienced former Air Force battle manager, Gene Lee, tried repeatedly and failed to score a kill and "he was shot out of the air by the reds every time after protracted engagements." All of the missile battles were executed beyond Beyond Visual Range. "It seemed to be aware of my intentions and reacting instantly to my changes in flight and my missile deployment. It knew how to defeat the shot I was taking.

How do we thwart the latest terrorist threat: swarms of weaponised drones? Alyssa Sims

The Guardian - Business

Fri 19 Jan 2018 09.09 EST Last modified on Sat 20 Jan 2018 01.44 EST Russia responded on 5 January to an attack by a swarm of drones targeting a Russian airbase in north-western Syria and a naval station on the Mediterranean Sea. The multi-drone attack, which is suspected to have been launched by militants, is the first of its kind, representing a new threat from terrorist groups. The use of a swarm attack demonstrates a militant capability, which was previously limited to states, to simultaneously control and coordinate several commercial drones at one time using a GPS unit. This development may send viewers of the science-fiction series Black Mirror into hiding, but it should prompt professional militaries to double down on countermeasures, specifically the creation of electronic jamming tech. Swashbuckling drones operated by rebels and militants have been shoring up the frontlines of conflict internationally, in some cases braving the choppy waters off the coast of Yemen, and in others crowding the skies over Syria and Iraq.

A swarm of home-made drones has bombed a Russian airbase

New Scientist

On the night of 5 January and into the early hours of the next day, Russian forces in Syria came under attack by a "massive application of unmanned aerial vehicles", says the Russian Ministry of Defence. It is the first announced use of a swarm of drones in a military action, but is unlikely to be the last. According to reports, 13 small drones descended on Russian forces, but none did significant damage. Seven were destroyed by anti-aircraft defences and the others were brought down using electronic countermeasures to hijack or jam the drone's controls and land them intact. The captured aircraft seem crudely made, with a wooden undercarriage and plastic sheeting, powered by a small liquid-fuel engine.


AI Magazine

However, I believe that the distinction of "neats" and "scruffies" raised at Cog Sci in '81 didn't define scruffies as people who built expert systems [they didn't really exist as a "real" part of MAD. Instead, I believe AI These are the researchers who read Hawkings and say "gee, if his model of the lo-23 second big bang is right, then the distribution of intergalactic gases should be relatively even. Let's go see if that's true. However, to run our experiments we'll need a more sensitive space-based sensing device, so let's work with the engineers to design one." I think one could make the case (although not from the data collected in Cohen's survey) that the two methodologies are not informed and influenced by each other to the extent they should or could be.


AI Magazine

Southwest Research Institute and the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command designed and developed an automated system for the preparation of deficiency report analysis information reports ( Engineers and equipment specialists responsible for the troublesome part, or end item, review the MDR to identify the possible cause(s) of failure. In the past, engineers and equipment specialists have turned to operations research (OR) analysts to assist in item performance analysis. This analysis is usually time consuming and personnel intensive and requires information from many Air Force data systems. At the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (ALC), located at Tinker Air Force Base, data collection and analysis require two person-days. This document describes an item's SOURCE DATA: The data used to prepare this report came from the following sources: 1) Product Performance Subsystem (G099), 2) Supportability analysis Forecasting Evaluation (SAFE), 3) Flying Hours (G099), 4) MICAP Hours (D165B), and 5) VAMOSC (D160B).