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International Business Times

The Falcon 9 used for the mission launched 10 Iridium satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch got 10 satellites into orbit, SpaceX is contracted to launch 75 of these communication satellites for Iridium and with Monday's launch has successfully put 30 into orbit. After the launch and deployment of the satellites the first stage of the rocket then entered Earth's atmosphere again and landed upright on the drone ship "Just Read The Instructions." The third launch of a bath of 10 Iridium satellites took place at Vandenberg Air Force base in California.


Sally Jones killed in Syria by US drone based in Nevada

Daily Mail

The front-line of the stuggle to take out ISIS' most deadly fighters and recruiters like the infamous'White Widow' Sally Jones isn't waged on the battle fields of Syria or Iraq but from an air-conditioned trailer in the middle of the Nevada desert. The front-line of the stuggle to take out ISIS' most deadly fighters and recruiters isn't waged on the battle fields of Syria or Iraq but from an air-conditioned trailer (pictured) in the middle of the Nevada desert And it is a pilot at this base who is said to have remotely taken out the British ISIS recruiter Sally Jones. 'When it comes to fighting our nation's wars… I think it would be hard to find a base in the United States Air Force in the continental United States that is more engaged… defending America every single day,' said commander Case Cunningham (pictured) Since 2001, Creech Air Force base (pictured) has become the hub for remotely piloted combat missions in the Middle East and crews there handle nearly half of all the Air Force's global drone flights on any given day Since 2001, Creech has become the hub for remotely piloted combat missions in the Middle East and crews there handle nearly half of all the Air Force's global drone flights on any given day. 'When it comes to fighting our nation's wars… I think it would be hard to find a base in the United States Air Force in the continental United States that is more engaged… defending America every single day,' commander Case Cunningham told the Review-Journal earlier this year.


SpaceX kicked off a busy week with a predawn rocket launch and drone ship landing

Mashable

The Elon Musk-founded spaceflight company launched 10 Iridium communications satellites into space aboard a Falcon 9 rocket in the predawn darkness from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Monday. Following the launch, SpaceX successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket booster onto a drone ship, named "Just Read the Instructions," in the Pacific Ocean. Monday marked SpaceX's 17th landing of a Falcon 9 rocket booster, which have taken place on both coasts and at sea and on land. SpaceX has long been obsessed with reducing the cost of spaceflight by employing reusable rockets that can launch multiple missions.


SpaceX Launch Schedule: Two Rocket Launches, Landings Planned For This Weekend

International Business Times

Elon Musk's company SpaceX is planning two rocket launches and recoveries both happening in a span of just 48 hours. The two launches will occur on different coasts of the country from one another, the first at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the second from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The second launch of the 48-hour period is scheduled for 8:37 a.m. EDT Monday from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This is the third launch SpaceX will conduct for Iridium, the company has contracted SpaceX to launch 75 communications satellites for them.


The US Military Is Quietly Building SkyNet

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Every weapon, vehicle, and device connected, sharing data, constantly aware of the presence and state of every other node in a truly global network. Standing before a sea of dark- blue uniforms at a September Air Force Association event in Maryland, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said he had "refined" his plans for the Air Force after discussions with the Joint Chiefs "as part of the creation of the classified military strategy." The Air Force Science Board is studying how to control a network of military equipment including light attack aircraft, tanks and even unmanned drones. As DefenseOne explains, although most of the research into the networked military is being conducted by the Air Force, once implemented, any system would likely include weapons from across the military, like Navy destroyers, said Chow.


Pentagon launches $700M programme to combat ISIS drones

Daily Mail

In response, the Pentagon has launched a $700 million (£517 million) cash programme to combat ISIS' lethal fleet of drones. The Pentagon has launched a $700 million (£517 million) cash programme to combat ISIS' lethal fleet of drones. The tests last month at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico saw firms including Lockheed Martin and Boeing test technologies including laser guns and high-tech nets to take down enemy drones. Called Skynet, these anti-drone 12 gauge shotgun shells release a five foot net to trap the drone's propellers causing it to fall from the sky The US Air Force has contracted AMTEC Less Lethal Systems to use their technology to take down drowns.


Military drone pilots could get medals - Michael Fallon

BBC News

Military drone pilots fighting so-called Islamic State could be awarded medals, the defence secretary has said. Sir Michael Fallon confirmed there would be a review of how servicemen and women were recognised for their contribution to UK operations. "As fighting has evolved we have adapted, ensuring our troops have cutting-edge equipment including unmanned systems operated from outside the battle space. Drones have been targeting Islamic State - also known as Daesh - in Iraq and Syria as part of Operation Shader, for which Sir Michael announced a medal.


Active Managers Are Getting to Work

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A top Air Force pilot who has been battling flight simulators since the 1980s was outgunned by an intelligent machine. To the chagrin of cab drivers and delivery boys, Domino's started testing self-driving cars. And exchange-traded funds, long seen as a disruptive technology by those in the industry, are displacing active managers. What these machines will do next--pick stocks, set up asset-allocation plans--was a running theme at the Morningstar ETF conference last week.


New drone footage of Apple Park 'spaceship' in Cupertino

Daily Mail

Appearing as a giant saucer, the Silicon Valley site near the 280 Highway will be home to 13,000 Apple employees. This auditorium will be covered with a circular glass pavilion that will also be an access point for employees and guests. The circular, four-storey building will be around a mile in circumference and a third of a mile wide and was recently described by the San Fransisco Weekly as a'massive glass doughnut'. The building stays eco-friendly with natural ventilation that works instead of air-conditioning for 70 per cent of the year, low energy LED lighting where natural light doesn't reach, and on-site recycling.


Military drones set to replace police helicopters by 2025

Daily Mail

The Pentagon awarded an $11 million contract to build a'combined-arms squad' of human and robotic capabilities Such a squad, it explains, 'combines humans and unmanned assets, ubiquitous communications and information, and advanced capabilities in all domains to maximize squad performance in increasingly complex operational environments.' From unmanned trucks and aircraft, to'ghost fleets' of underwater drones, the military has in many ways turned its sights on autonomous technology to improve capabilities. The Pentagon awarded an $11 (£8.5) million contract to build a'combined-arms squad' of human and robotic capabilities Such a squad, it explains, 'combines humans and unmanned assets, ubiquitous communications and information, and advanced capabilities in all domains to maximize squad performance in increasingly complex operational environments.' From unmanned trucks and aircraft, to'ghost fleets' of underwater drones, the military has in many ways turned its sights on autonomous technology to improve capabilities.