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Lockheed Martin Space Smell Perfume Was A Prank But It Is Also Real

Have you ever wonder what space smells like? Well, apparently, it smells like “opening a fresh bag of black mulch and spreading it around trees.” At least, that was what ars Technica space editor, Eric Berger, associated the smell with and he ain’t no astronaut. He learned that with Lockheed Martin Vector Space Smell Perfume. That’s not the official name though, but you get what this fragrance was peddling and that was the smell of space. Continue reading Lockheed Martin Space Smell Perfume Was A Prank But It Is Also Real

Here’s The (Overdue) First Look At Sikorsky’s New SB>1 DEFIANT Helicopter

Here’s a long overdue first look at Lockheed Martin-owned Sikorsky and Boeing new SB>1 DEFIANT helicopter developed for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role technology demonstrator program. The helicopter with a URL-unfriendly name is capable of flying at twice the speed and range of today’s conventional helicopters, while offering advanced agility and maneuverability (even though, it may not look like it). It may or may not make it as a defense used helicopter (it is, after all, a demonstrator), but the data gathered from it will help the Army to develop requirements for new utility helicopters that reportedly will enter service in the early 2030s. Continue reading Here’s The (Overdue) First Look At Sikorsky’s New SB>1 DEFIANT Helicopter

Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Drones Can Plan And Execute Missions On Its Own

While program is on track to extend the service life of the nearly four-decade old F-16 Fighting Falcon, Lockheed Martin’s Skunkworks has been working with U.S.A.F. to lend unmanned capability to this dynamic multirole fighter aircraft. While F-16 drones are not the newest news – they has been used as targets for F-35s previously – it is, however, a news that it can now think and act on its own (which made me kind of go ‘yikes’). This means that this pilot-less fighter jet is capable of executing air-to-ground strike missions autonomously while reacting to contingencies and threats along the way before getting back to complete its objective. Continue reading Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Drones Can Plan And Execute Missions On Its Own

U.S. Navy Acquires Lockheed Martin FORTIS Exoskeleton Suits For Ship Maintenance Works

humans are pretty capable creatures, but our ability to exploit is limited to our human strength. that, we have overcame with machines, which are cool but kind of limits our maneuverability. this gives rise to another mankind’s dream: to have superhuman strength like what Iron Man suits gave Tony Stark – which engineers will attempt to achieve through exoskeleton (which is basically what Iron Man suit really is). recently, we have read about a shipyard in South Korea trialling such technology and now, the U.S. Navy is getting ready have a go with it. the Defense Department has recently procured a pair of such exoskeleton suits developed by Bethesda-based contractor Lockheed Martin to be deployed with U.S. Navy for ship maintenance related works. Continue reading U.S. Navy Acquires Lockheed Martin FORTIS Exoskeleton Suits For Ship Maintenance Works

and you thought one wing aircraft couldn’t fly [video]

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(image credit: Lockheed Martin)

usually when we think aircraft, we imagine them to have a pair of wings or at least two blades. at least that’s how we perceive an aircraft would fly, but that will not be the case for SAMARAI, an unmanned drone that mimics the movement of the sycamore seeds. sycamore seeds are winged samara seeds that are able to travel far from their source of origin, thanks to their single wing that spin along with the wind. developed by Lockheed Martin, the SAMARAI is making its appearance at the AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2011 (August 16 – 19, 2011), happening at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. pretty amazing stuff, except that it is making way too much noise but then again, this is just the beginning of this new innovation. on the other hand, i really don’t see how this is going to make it as an operational ready drone in future. isn’t two wings or at least a pair of blades make the flight more effortlessly, and perhaps more silent? check out the SAMARAI flight tests video after the break. tell me that the SAMARAI is not taking a lot of energy to take flight. Continue reading and you thought one wing aircraft couldn’t fly

modern turboprop turns into surveillance aircraft

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(image credit: Hawker Beechcraft)

sometimes, for the sake of efficiency we have to take a step back in terms of technology. not everything that’s sleek, mean and shiny can be as efficient. this is exactly what the U.S. Air Force has realized with the operations in Afghanistan. USAF uses the A10 to provide battlefield surveillance and close air support to friendly troops which means expending valuable flying hours in an airspace that’s predominantly uncontested. so the idea is to use an aircraft that has the same capability but with a lower cost of operation. the answer is a modern day turboprop trainer aircraft that has an uncanny resemblance to a World War II fighter aircraft. Continue reading modern turboprop turns into surveillance aircraft

ever thought of what you will be flying come 2025?

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(image credit: NASA/Lockhead Martin)

apparently, NASA wants to decide for you. sometime last year, NASA awarded contracts to three teams over at Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing to conceptualize a plane for 2025. of course, as you would have expected, NASA has some requirements for the teams to work on includes achieving air speed of 85 percent of the speed of sound, has a range of approximately 7,000 miles and carry between 50,000 to 100,000 pounds of payload. other goals include lesser noise, cleaner emission and lower fuel consumption than the current aircraft. Continue reading ever thought of what you will be flying come 2025?

testing of next generation Lockheed Martin’s HULC Robotic Exoskeleton began

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Lockheed Martin began putting its improved next-generation design of the HULC™ advanced robotic exoskeleton thru laboratory test. in case you haven’t heard, the HULC (or Human Universal Load Carrier) is an untethered, battery-powered, hydraulic-actuated anthropomorphic exoskeleton capable of performing deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting with minimal human exertion. Continue reading testing of next generation Lockheed Martin’s HULC Robotic Exoskeleton began