Leaders in additive manufacturing take the long view to predict how they believe 3D printing will develop over the next decade. They anticipate a growing range of materials and production capacity and wider application across a range of industries as well as fuller integration in manufacturing.
Researchers at the University at Buffalo Artificial Intelligence Institute have received a federal grant to study the brain activity and eye movements of gamers to develop artificial intelligence algorithms that could improve coordination among groups of autonomous air and ground robots. "We don't want the AI system just to mimic human behavior; we want it to form a deeper understanding of what motivates human actions," said principal investigator Souma Chowdhury.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's plan to take its Sea Hunter drone ship to the next level includes development of the "No Manning Required, Ship," or NOMARS, designed from the keel up to operate completely autonomously. "By removing the human element from all ship design considerations, NOMARS will demonstrate significant advantages," such as size, cost, reliability, survivability and hydrodynamic efficiency, DARPA said.
The USS Gerald R. Ford's Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and Advanced Arresting Gear system are undergoing sea trials with legacy aircraft off the East Coast. The tests will not include the next-generation F-35C fighter.
The USS Abraham Lincoln reached its new home port in Coronado, Calif., after two extended deployments. Middle East tensions accounted for the long haul, but the aircraft carrier also participated in missions in Singapore, Saipan, the Philippines, Japan, Thailand, Australia, the Maldives, Hong Kong and other locations.
The Navy is looking for companies to develop electrical hull penetrators and connectors that can transfer hundreds of kilowatts of power through a submarine's pressure hull. The technologies would allow an external laser to be mounted on a submarine.
Raytheon has delivered its tenth AN/AQS-20C minehunting sonar system to the Navy. The system will form part of the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship mine countermeasures mission package.
Norfolk Naval Shipyard plans to break ground today on a nearly three-year, $200 million effort to renovate Dry Dock 4 with 2 1/2 feet of new concrete flooring as well as a restored pumpwell and upgraded mechanical and electrical equipment. The Portsmouth, Va.-based dry dock was one of the largest concrete structures in the world when it opened in 1919.
Tugboat architects are looking to reduce emissions and achieve greater towing capacity in harbors by embracing hybrid and liquefied natural gas-fueled designs. Electric power and other fuels are also being considered as developers also focus on maintaining tug stability.