Engineering Aerospace, Defence & Marine

What killer robots mean for the future of war

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You might have heard of killer robots, slaughterbots or terminators – officially called lethal autonomous weapons (LAWs) – from films and books. And the idea of super-intelligent weapons running rampant is still science fiction. But as AI weapons become increasingly sophisticated, public concern is growing over fears about...

Lazarus – Meet the impossible plane with a human engine

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Students at the University of Southampton have been working diligently on an ambitious and awesome project: to power flight with a single pilot, or human-powered aircraft (HPA). After years in the making, their dream became reality this year when they won first place for Lazarus - their custom-designed...

Could Artemis be the last mission for NASAs astronauts?

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Neil Armstrong took his historic “one small step” on the Moon in 1969. And just three years later, the last Apollo astronauts left our celestial neighbour. Since then, hundreds of astronauts have been launched into space but mainly to the Earth-orbiting International Space Station. None has, in fact,...

Artemis launch heralds a new age of space exploration

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NASA today successfully launched its largest-ever rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 01:47 local time (06:47 GMT). Today's launch follows two previous failed launch attempts which were aborted because of technical issues. NASA’s new Artemis mission aims to take the American Space Agency back to the...

DragonFire – Britain test fires its high-energy laser

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The MoD ( Ministry of Defence ) has revealed that it has successfully test-fired the country's first long-range laser-directed energy weapon (LDEW). The agency announced that the high-powered laser, named DragonFire, was tested last month, October 17, in Wiltshire at its Porton Down science park test range. ...

Drone superhighways and airports are coming – let’s make sure they don’t make life miserable

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Within just two years, the UK could be home to the planet’s biggest drone superhighway thanks to the plans of a group of technology companies. It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but it’s just one of a number of projects in the pipeline as...