Helicopter-flown resupply missions during the Iraq War were imperiled by ground fire and improvised explosive devices, inspiring the Marines to seek a solution. The result is a lidar- and sensor-equipped autonomous flight system that can be fitted to existing helicopters and that possesses the intelligence to avoid obstacles and even decides on alternative landing sites without reference to GPS.
The need for cost-effective mobile laboratories during the Ebola outbreak in South Africa has produced FieldLab, a solar-powered, portable lab-in-a-box developed by two Rhodes University graduate students in South Africa. The device is contained in a briefcaselike box and can perform DNA analysis, centrifugation and visual analysis of results.
Dense tissue can thwart conventional mammograms when trying to detect breast cancer. A new 3D ultrasound technique promises more accurate readings with a bonus of no exposure to radiation.
ASME and Engineering for Change recently launched Impact.Engineered, which calls attention to the innovations of industry, engineers and entrepreneurs striving for social impact in underserved communities the world over. Several individuals and companies were recognized for their contributions to the technology during an evening reception at the inaugural event, which was held Oct. 18 at the Centre for Social Innovation in Manhattan. Learn more.
As in many other cities, Camden, N.J.'s combined sewer-stormwater system is no longer efficient because when it was built, the area absorbed much more rainwater. Separating the system to address periodic flooding would be too costly, so the county government is pursuing $80 million for a thorough cleanout of the system, with much of the funding directed toward deferred maintenance.
The Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, the US military's first new anti-ship missile in decades, uses enemy vessels' defensive radar as a homing signal. As a result, the missile can function in areas where GPS is unavailable.
Washington-based ships of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group have wrapped up a six-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf and are now back home in Washington state for the holidays. During their deployment, the vessels and their crews sailed more than 78,000 miles and flew more than 1,000 combat sorties into Iraq and Syria.
The Pentagon is testing a weapons system procurement process aimed at reducing costs and cutting the overall time requirement by half. "The increasing cost of our major weapon systems has placed at risk our ability to acquire and sustain these systems at the level required by our fighting forces," Pentagon acquisitions chief Ellen Lord told a congressional panel.
An electrical problem involving the loss of an induction coil cut short initial sea trials for the Navy's latest stealth destroyer. The future USS Michael Monsoor returned to port in Maine, but repairs are not expected to delay its delivery.
General Dynamics Electric Boat will be providing additional lead yard services for Virginia-class submarines under a $432 million modification to a Navy contract. The 14th vessel of the class, the USS Washington, was commissioned in October.
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