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Naval Research Lab Tests Swarm of Stackable CICADA Microdrones

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Naval Research Lab has been working on its CICADA (Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft) drones since at least 2011. The CICADA drones themselves consist mostly of a printed circuit board, which makes up the wings and also contains a custom autopilot system that can recover from the crazy tumbling that you can see when the CICADAs are initially deployed. On landing, they transmit data from embedded sensors (a meteorological payload at the moment) back up to their launch aircraft through an antenna embedded in their wings, and each robot will continue to operate and send back data from the ground until its battery runs out. It's just a flying circuit board, so anything you can integrate at the component level is fair game."


US military begins live-testing LaWS drone-killing laser

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The $40 million (£30 million) super laser moves at the speed of light and is'more precise than a bullet', according to naval officers. US Navy officers are currently testing the world's first drone-killing laser capable of blasting targets with 30kW of power (pictured) The LaWS, which stands for Laser Weapons System, is currently being tested on board the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship. The LaWS, which stands for Laser Weapons System, is currently being tested on board the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship. The $40 million (£30 million) super laser moves at the speed of light and is'more precise than a bullet', according to naval officers The weapon is also extremely precise, which could minimise deaths in wartime, according to the Navy.


Video Friday: DJI Spark Drone, Google Tango, and 18-DOF Hexapod Robot

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One potential approach to setup is known as "Programming by Demonstration" in which a human trainer demonstrates the task to the robot, and from that demonstration the robot learns the task which can be performed. Lockheed Martin successfully launched Vector Hawk, a small, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), on command from the Marlin MK2 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) during a cross-domain command and control event hosted by the U.S. Navy. In addition to Marlin and Vector Hawk, the Submaran, an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) developed by Ocean Aero, provided surface reconnaissance and surveillance. All three autonomous vehicles--Marlin, Submaran and Vector Hawk--communicated operational status to the ground control station to maintain situational awareness and provide a means to command and control all assets.


The Language of Dolphins Could Be Translated by 2021

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Swedish startup Gavagai AB, a language technology company that originated at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, has mastered 40 human languages with its language analysis software. The team will monitor bottlenose dolphins in a wildlife park and use Gavagai's artificial intelligence (AI) language analysis technology to decode the sounds and, if all goes according to plan, compile a dictionary of dolphin language. The team is confident that they'll be able to do this, thanks not only to the AI capabilities of the Gavagai AB system, but also to the availability of more dolphin data, larger computational resources, and newer recording methods. Understanding dolphin language may sound like kind of a strange goal, but in context it makes sense.


No charges in drowning of Navy SEAL candidate

Los Angeles Times

Liam Hulin, director of the Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command, reviewed the findings of a Naval Criminal Investigative Service probe and determined that Lovelace's drowning "was not the result of a crime and will not pursue criminal charges against any personnel in connection with the death," according to a statement issued to The San Diego Union-Tribune. In the wake of his drowning, the Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command halted the program to review and reinforce protocols for pre-training briefs, emergency action and in-water instruction procedures, Navy officials said. Navy's supercarrier Carl Vinson shared the eastern stretches of the Pacific with the Navy's Japan-based Seventh Fleet, Carrier Strike Group One was bisecting the South China Sea Thursday morning. Navy's supercarrier Carl Vinson shared the eastern stretches of the Pacific with the Navy's Japan-based Seventh Fleet, Carrier Strike Group One was bisecting the South China Sea Thursday morning.


Brain zapping helps US Navy Seals learn faster

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It has been testing a passive brain-stimulating device from Halo Neuroscience with "a small group of volunteers" from Seal Team Six, the group that killed Osama Bin Laden, and other units, according to Military.com. The $749 Halo Neuroscience headset (below) looks a lot like regular headphones, and does actually play music. The company insists that they're ideal for elite athletes or soldiers, where a small improvement in performance can make the winning (or living) difference. The idea is to make training shorter and more efficient for Navy Seals, who are already running on the ragged edge.


Scotland to Play Host to Royal Navy Cyber War Games - Digit

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It is intended to drive the development of cutting edge technology in the Navy, including artificial intelligence, to put the UK at the forefront of Information Warfare. The Royal Navy has expressed an interest in using AI technology to develop a "Ship's Mind" at the centre of its warships, enhancing efficiency and allowing for fast and complex decisions to be made automatically. "The use of this cutting edge computing technology, unmanned aerial systems and new ways of deploying operation capabilities will put the Royal Navy and Royal Marines at the forefront of [Information Warfare]," according to the Royal Navy's website. It will be the first time that the Royal Navy has used Cyber Operations and AI in an exercise of this scale.


U.S. Navy's wingman drone technology used in combat trials

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U.S. Navy research teams recently completed combat trials with the branch's Tactical Battle Manager system using unmanned aerial vehicles. The Tactical Battle Manager system, or TBM, is a software platform designed to coordinate combat missions using "wingman" UAVs to assist manned and unmanned teams in combat. Researchers tested the system in a simulated beyond-visual-range combat scenario. Naval Research Laboratory collaborated with the Naval Air Systems Command, the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence and the Air Force Research Laboratory for the trials.


US Navy developing robot arms to defuse bombs underwater

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'The integration of a cost-effective and reliable manipulation system onto an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) promises to bring the stand-off capabilities that robotic systems have brought to EOD technicians operating on land to those operating underwater,' said RE2 Robotics, the firm developing the system. The Underwater Dual Manipulator system could lend a hand to other watery tasks, like performing underwater inspections, maintenance and repairs for offshore gas and oil rigs. During Phase I, RE2 engineers designed an inflatable underwater dual manipulation system. 'Historically, we have developed manipulation systems for EOD ground robots.


Submarine with a BRAIN: Royal Navy fires torpedo using new AI system

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The Royal Navy's latest and most advanced Astute class submarine, Artful, used the Common Combat System for the first time. The new system, provided by VMware, Dell and Aish, processes information from submarine sensors to enable crew members to make important command decisions. The new system, provided by VMware, Dell and Aish, processes information from submarine sensors to enable crew members to make important command decisions. It was used during Artful's torpedo test to interpret sonar readings and then attack a moving target with a practice weapon.