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USS Gerald Ford (CVN-78), the US Navy's next
supercarrier, is currently under construction and
scheduled for completion in 2015. The new carrier is
literally in a class by itself (the Ford-class) and the
new design will be replacing the Nimitz-class carriers
(the last being the
George H.W. Bush - CVN-77). Though sharing
many design features of prior carriers, the new carrier
will feature a number of upgrades, including an upgraded
Sea Sparrow missile system, stealth features, a new
nuclear reactor design, and perhaps most interestingly
of all, an electromagnetic aircraft launching system in
place of traditional steam catapults that will be able
to launch larger aircraft and newer aircraft including
the F-35 Lightning.
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle
Lockheed Martin's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) be
the US military's next vehicle workhorse?
DARPA's Minds Eye Program Aims to Give Machines Visual
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Mind's
Eye program is seeking to develop "visual intelligence"
in machines and robots.
Military surveillance is a
mission normally performed by humans, including Army
scouts and Marine Corps Force Recon. U.S. military
leaders would like to shift some of this mission to
unmanned systems, freeing up troops for other missions,
but unmanned systems lack the capability that currently
exists only in humans: visual intelligence. To develop
this capability in machines, DARPA has contracted with
12 research teams at universities to develop software
that integrates state of the art computer vision and
artificial intelligence. (Source: DARPA)
Vehicle Design Challenge
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is
hosting a public design challenge to conceptualize a
vehicle body design for two different missions vehicles
- Combat Reconnaissance and Combat Delivery and
Evacuation. Final submissions are due March 3, 2011.