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Flying wings and invisible suits: Marines reveal the equipment of the future

Flying wings and invisible suits: Marines reveal the equipment of the future

Technology
Depending on your age, you might be forgiven for wondering why the Sky News website is adorned with shots from the cult classic film Starship Troopers - or a futuristic entry in the Call Of Duty video game series.But believe it or not, these images showcasing technological marvels such as exo-skeleton battle suits and holographic soldiers may one day be representative of real-life war. This is the futuristic vision of the Royal Marines as dreamed up by some of the brightest young engineers in Britain, who have generated ideas previously confined to the realm of science fiction. Image: Engineers were asked to base their designs on a futuristic raid scenario "It's a catalyst to future thinking, 'visioneering' is what we call it - it's t...
Boeing wins $23.6M contract to keep Navy F/A-18 planes flying

Boeing wins $23.6M contract to keep Navy F/A-18 planes flying

Business
Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Boeing Co. was awarded a $ 23.6 million contract by the U.S. Navy for support in solving maintenance issues of F/A-18 Hornet fighter planes. The contract, a modification of a prior contract and announced on Thursday by the Defense Department, calls for engineering, logistics, and program management of F/A-18A-D, E/F, and EA-18G aircraft in support of reducing fleet "out of reporting" rates and maintenance planning. The term refers to a plane grounded because of maintenance or repair issues. The planes, in service since the 1970s, are currently flown by the U.S. Marine Corps as its front-line fighter, by the U.S. Navy as a second-tier fighter, and also by seven international customers. The Marine and Navy planes are expected to have a service life of 20 years, but are wea...
U.S. cautions airlines flying over Middle East after tensions with Iran

U.S. cautions airlines flying over Middle East after tensions with Iran

World
May 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is advising commercial airlines flying over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman to use caution in the wake of elevated tensions between the United States and Iran. The message, which was released on Thursday and also sent to diplomats, warned that flying in the region could pose danger to U.S. aircraft. The warning alerted airmen to the "heightened military activities and increased political tensions in the region which present an increasing inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation operations due to the potential for miscalculation or misidentification." In addition, the FAA warned aircraft flying over the area "may encounter inadvertent GPS interference and other communications jamming, which could occur with little to no warning." ...
Climate change ‘may curb growth in UK flying’

Climate change ‘may curb growth in UK flying’

Science
Concerns over climate change might restrict the growth of flying in the UK, the government has admitted.The advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recently said the UK's planned increase in aviation would need to be curbed to restrict CO2.Now a senior civil servant has told a green group that means ministers may have to review aviation strategy.The group says climate concern is so high the decision on Heathrow expansion should be brought back to Parliament. Media playback is unsupported on your device The Department for Transport defended the proposed Heathrow expansion, saying it would "provide a massive economic boost to businesses and communities" across the UK, all at "no cost...
4 strategies for stopping 'rogue' drones from flying in illegal airspace

4 strategies for stopping 'rogue' drones from flying in illegal airspace

Technology
With Christmas approaching, London’s Gatwick airport, one of the busiest in the U.K., was forced to shut down for a day this week after reports of two “rogue” drones flying above the airfield. Drones have become an increasingly prominent nuisance in the skies as they have grown more accessible to the average consumer. As regulations, technologies and laws about flying drones evolve to governmental demands, new technologies have been developing to deal with drones that fly illegally. Some are already used and have been shown to be effective, while others are still in their experimental stages. Here’s a look at some of the methods used for countering “rogue” drones. It is possible to track down drones and jam the signals the drone uses to communicate ...