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Military Drone Deployed To Increase Monitoring Of California Wildfires

International Business Times

The state firefighting service of California collaborated with a unit of California Air National Guard and deployed military wartime drones in order to receive real time photos and videos of the massive wildfire which spread across the area. According to a report by USA Today, this is only the third time such collaboration had taken place. The Reaper MQ-9, operated by the 163d Attack Wing at March Air Reserve Base in the Riverside County, will fly five miles above and transmit relevant information to commanders on the ground. This also includes information about spot-fire detection. Scott McLean, Deputy Chief of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said, "It's out of the way."


Love Your Robot? You're Not Alone.

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The interaction between humans and robots has been a common theme in science fiction and popular culture, but robotic machines don't have to be humanoid or even have much personality for people to develop a relationship with them. Never mind Data in "Star Trek" or BB-8 in "Star Wars," a Georgia Tech study released back in 2010 found people had become emotionally attached to their Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners, giving them names and assigning them genders. A 2013 study at the University of Washington found members of the Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal units had developed bonds with their bomb disposal robots and although those feelings hadn't affected their performance, raised the question of whether they could eventually compromise decision-making. When robots of one kind or another develop personalities, through machine learning, natural language processing and other artificial intelligence technologies, human operators can get to "know" them, even like them. But the bottom line for government organizations looking to make increasing use of human-machine teaming is whether humans can trust them.


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International Business Times

The Chinese military, Thursday, strongly condemned and opposed the trespassing of an Indian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) into Chinese airspace. India, on the same day, claimed that the UAV "lost control" and entered into Chinese territory through the Sikkim (a state in India) border. According to a report by the Hindustan Times, an Indian news website, India replied to the incident, Thursday, claiming that the UAV was on a "regular training mission," lost control and crossed the border area from Sikkim. A statement by the Indian Defense Ministry said: "An Indian UAV which was on a regular training mission inside the Indian territory lost contact with the ground control due to some technical problem and crossed over the LAC [Line of Actual Control] in the Sikkim Sector. As per standard protocol, the Indian border security personnel immediately alerted their Chinese counterparts to locate the UAV."


Lockheed Martin Is Making Laser Cannons for Fighter Jets

WIRED

It's been just a few months since Lockheed Martin gave the US Army the most powerful laser weapon ever developed, a ground vehicle–mounted system that can burn through tanks and knock mortars out of the sky. Now the US Air Force wants its own toy, so Lockheed's engineers are back in the lab, crafting the kind of weapon Poe Dameron could get down with. They're making a laser blaster for a fighter jet to swat down incoming missiles. Decades after science fiction writers and directors imagined worlds of killer beams flying back and forth, reality is catching up. This spring defense contractor Raytheon became the first to destroy a target with a laser fired from a helicopter.


Unidentified aircraft seen flying across Oregon

Daily Mail

An unidentified aircraft was seen flying among other airliners in skies above Oregon - causing confusion among air traffic control and the Air Force, which sent F-15s to investigate. The aircraft flew over Oregon on October 25, with no flight plan, no active identification transponder or transmitting collision avoidance signals. While information about plane's pilot or intended destination remain unclear, some have suggested that the aircraft was trafficking drugs. Additionally, it is believed that the mysterious flight could be a potential breach of national security. An unidentified aircraft flew over Oregon on October 25, with no flight plan, no active identification transponder or transmitting collision avoidance signals.


Iranian website reports pilot dies after fighter jet crashes

FOX News

TEHRAN, Iran – The website of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard reports that a pilot has died after his Sukhoi-22 jet fighter-bomber crashed in the country's south. The Saturday report on sepahnews.com said the plane was taking part in a morning exercise in southern Fars province when it crashed. Iran has a history of air accidents blamed on its aging aircraft and poor maintenance. Iran has both Russian-made and U.S.-made fighter planes. The U.S. aircraft were delivered to Tehran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution that ousted the western-backed monarchy.


Lockheed Martin developing high-energy laser for jets

Daily Mail

Lockheed Martin is working to develop a high-power fiber laser for fighter jets. Under a $26.3 million contract from the Air Force Research Lab, the firm will design and produce a directed energy system for aircraft, with plans to test the technology by 2021. The move comes after a series of successful tests with similar systems in ground-based platforms – but, the experts say developing a laser for a smaller, airborne design will be a challenge. Lockheed Martin is working to develop a high-power fiber laser for fighter jets. Under a $26.3 million contract from the Air Force Research Lab, the firm will design and produce a directed energy system for aircraft, with plans to test it by 2021.


The U.S. Air Force wants to introduce AI to its intelligence gathering efforts

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is able to handle massive amounts of data much more efficiently than an individual or even an entire group of people. This, by extension, means AI can also quickly identify patterns and highlight things of interest -- two skills that makes AI an enticing tool to the U.S. Air Force. As reported by Defense One, Air Force Lt. Gen Jack Shanahan is attempting to integrate AI into the organization's various tasks. Shanahan, who is also the Director for Defense Intelligence (Warfighter Support) at the Pentagon, launched Project Maven in April, which aims to use machine learning to better utilize drone surveillance footage and turn it into useful information. Currently, analysts spend a significant number or hours scrubbing through footage to find something of interest.


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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.