Intel on Monday shared that it's working with Lockheed Martin to build special 5G base stations that will help the US Defense Department securely communicate across air, sea, land, space and other domains. The new collaboration builds on a decade-long partnership between Intel and Lockheed Martin, and it demonstrates the way Intel is ramping up its efforts to build industry-specific 5G innovations. "When you think about what's happening, we're using 5G phones to connect over 5G networks. But we're also starting to see 5G utilized across many different industries and enterprises," Dan Rodriguez, corporate vice president at Intel, said to ZDNet. "Lockheed Martin is a great example, but we're also partnering with industrial automation and retail companies, as well as different cities around the world to implement 5G -- supporting cities becoming safer and more secure."
This vehicle won't be crude, either. While the existing Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept project will rely on a booster to reach the altitude where its ramjet kicks in, the new concept embraces the SR-72's "turbine-based combined cycle," where conventional jet tech meets a ramjet. That would let it transition from takeoff to hypersonic speeds without needing a booster engine or helper aircraft in the early stages. Lockheed's work will still take a while to come to fruition. It's readying a demonstrator aircraft for 2018, and the first hypersonic vehicles in the 2020s (such as HAWC) will likely be weapons.
NASA is assembling a crack team of private companies to help it return humans to the Moon for the first time since 1972. After assigning SpaceX the task of the lunar landing, the agency is turning its attention to surface transportation. NASA has picked General Motors and regular defence contractor Lockheed Martin to develop the Artemis program's lunar vehicles. The overarching goal is to enable astronauts to travel further on the Moon than ever before. That's not an easy ask when you're dealing with rocky lunar terrain pocked with asteroid impact craters and dead volcanoes. NASA's checklist already dictated that the vehicles must be electric and support autonomous driving.