Mine-hunting drone could make the world a safer place

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Designer and entrepreneur Massoud Hassani hopes to rid the planet of its estimated 100 million buried land mines within 10 years. That’s why several years ago, he developed the Mine Kafon – a device that rolls across minefields like a tumbleweed, tripping mines as it goes. While it’s a clever idea, he still wanted something that works faster. To that end, he is now developing the Mine Kafon Drone.

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A new alternative to shooting down drones, the DroneDefender

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One hundred portable drone jammers are being bought by the U.S. Government. The jammer affect the radio control of the drone causing them to hover in place and land.  The jammers are being used to protect government facilities, property, and personnel.

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U.S. military tests ship designed to cross oceans without a crew

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The U.S. military’s unmanned vessel “Sea Hunter” has begun testing. A self-driving 40-metre ship designed to travel out at sea without a single crewmember. The ship has potential to revolutionize the commercial shipping industry, making it the first step to sending unmanned cargo ships to other countries.

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‘Gremlins’ is DARPA’s latest strategy to swarm enemy skies with small reusable drone armies

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A new program named “Gremlins” is DARPA’s new strategy for gathering intelligence, radar jamming, and other “friendly” operations over unfriendly skies. The program aims to deploy swarms of several, reusable drones, that are relatively inexpensive and lightweight, from aircraft or other platforms.

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DARPA has begun speed testing its submarine-hunting drone ship

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This 130-foot drone ship from DARPA is almost ready to roam the open seas. The drone has already begun its speed testing has reached its expected top speed of 31 mph. However, drone does more than cruise around the ocean, it also has the ability to detect foreign submarines, including the stealthy diesel electric silent ones.
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Like a nuclear submarine, flying drone can hide underwater for months

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A submarine’s periscope is a useful tool, however it puts the vessel at risk since it can only be used when the sub surfaces. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have created a waterproof drone that can float up from the murky depths and then take to the skies.

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Robot warfighters could reduce civilian casualties, calling for a ban now is premature

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Ronald C. Arkin:  I’ve been engaged in the debate over autonomous robotic military systems for almost 10 years. I am not averse to a ban, but I’m convinced we should continue researching this technology for the time being. One reason is that I believe such systems might be capable of reducing civilian casualties and property damage when compared to the performance of human warfighters. Thus, it is a contention that calling for an outright ban on this technology is premature, as some groups already are doing.

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