The tech and science branch of the Department of Defence has announced the development and provision of a flight instrumentation kit, a solution for flight testing and evaluation, for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The Non-Intrusive Flight Test Instrumentation (NIFTI), conceived by Defence Science and Technology (DST) and developed by Australian SME Defence Innovations, comprises a recorder with multiple sensors that can be attached to internal and external aircraft surfaces to check conditions. "Conventional flight tests can be costly and involve extended periods of downtime for aircraft to be modified and fitted with various test instruments," said Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne at the handover during DST's laboratories open day in Melbourne on Wednesday. "This state-of-the-art wireless system has the ability to carry out in-flight tests without the need for time-consuming aircraft modifications." Also announced at Wednesday's open day was a DST-developed virtual reality software, licensed to Adelaide-based SME Consilium Technology, for simulating virtual activities and environments for Defence and civilian applications.
In 2017, the Australian military drone-racing team made its competitive debut during the Australian Drone Nationals. Given the technology's long history within the military, you might think they would have an edge. But that's not what happened. Drone racing is a fairly new sport that merges video game racing with real-life drone flying. Racers put on a pair of first-person view (or FPV) goggles, which allow them to see exactly what they would if they were sitting in the teeny-tiny cockpit.
Airborne data collecting platforms like the RQ-4 Global Hawk have a problem: the usefulness of the data they collect is limited by how fast and how well it can be analyzed. US military intelligence gathers a lot of data, but in order to make the data useful for a decision making process, the Air Force needs a "sensing grid that fuses together data," C4ISRNET reported Wednesday. AI will help the force interpret that fused data. The AI will harvest information from airborne systems in development such as Gremlin drones, which the US military portrays as a swarm of small drones that take off from an aircraft mid-flight and are recovered by the same aircraft. "How do I get the data so I can fuse it, look at it and then ask the right questions from the data to reveal what trends are out there?" Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson said in a July 31 interview with the news outlet.
China's massive investment in artificial intelligence technologies may soon leave the U.S. at a major disadvantage, a top Air Force general said Thursday. "Speed is of the essence in the digital age," said Lt. Gen. VeraLinn "Dash" Jamieson, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on the Air Staff at the Pentagon. She painted a grim picture: While "great instigator" Russia has the desire to do ambitious experiments with A.I., China already has the means. For example, China is building several digital artificial intelligence cities in a military-civilian partnership to understand how A.I. will be propagated as it strives to become the global leader in technology. The cities track human movement through artificial facial recognition software, watching citizens' every move as they go about their day.
SpaceX is getting it done. The Elon Musk-founded company just launched and then landed another of its newly upgraded Falcon 9 rocket boosters. SEE ALSO: SpaceX makes beautiful pre-dawn rocket landing at sea. The rocket carrying a clutch of communications satellites launched them on their way to orbit from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:39 a.m. ET before the first stage of the booster came back in for a landing on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean about 10 minutes later.
Industries are investing aggressively in artificial intelligence (AI) projects to drive efficiency for better business performance. International Data Corporation predicts that AI spending will achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 46.2% from 2016 growing to become a $52.2 billion industry by 2021. AI can significantly improve business operations by leveraging the tremendous amount of data generated by sensors monitoring the production and movement of products using IoT. The end result is AIIOT, which is the merging of AI and IoT to manage inventory, logistics, and suppliers with a higher level of awareness and precision. The supply chain is one area that can benefit the most from streamlining since it has a direct influence on profitability and customer satisfaction.
This post is part of Science of Sci-Fi, Mashable's ongoing series dissecting the science (or lack of science) in our favorite sci-fi movies, TV shows, and books. Thanks to fictional depictions, we tend to think of spaceships as well-fortified machines. But in reality, even in the emptiness of outer space, their hulls would be under threat of bombardment from near-invisible enemies. In the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises, ships are usually fitted with deflector shields -- zones of energy that absorbed beams of enemy fire. The USS Enterprise, for example, could repel an enemy's colorful phaser blasts by putting its shields up.
Intel Corporation flies 2,018 Intel Shooting Star drones over its Folsom, California, facility, in July 2018. The drone light show set a Guinness World Records title for the most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously. SAN FRANCISCO -- Three years ago, in a hallway at Intel, a small team of people working on drones discussed whether it would be possible to fly one hundred drones over the Robert Noyce Building, Intel's headquarters in Santa Clara, and have them form the shape of the company's logo. They didn't plan on pursuing it seriously but it became a pet project for Natalie Cheung, who wondered at the time how they could fly multiple drones with one pilot. Now, Cheung is the general manager of Drone Light Shows at Intel and has helped put on hundreds of choreographed drone shows -- and the drones can make a lot more shapes than just the Intel logo.