US military awards contracts to design reusable spaceplane

The U.S. military said Tuesday it has awarded contracts to three companies to design an experimental spaceplane conceived as a reusable, unmanned booster with costs, operation and reliability similar to modern aircraft.

Johns Hopkins Students Working On Injectable Foam To Treat Battlefield Wounds

The idea is that when a medic is treating an injured soldier on the battlefield, they use a single plunger on the device to simultaneously inject the two liquids into the wound. As the liquids mix, a chemical reaction occurs. This causes them to transform into a polyurethane foam that expands to fill the wound cavity, and then hardens.

F-35’s air show debut in jeopardy

The latest problem for the $400 billion program, which is already seven years behind schedule, came after an engine on one of the F-35s caught fire during a June 23 takeoff from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The fire led the Pentagon to ground the entire fleet, and officials on Monday said it’s uncertain whether the jets will be cleared for takeoff by next week.

AFRL To Establish New Hypersonics Facility at Arnold

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is planning a new hypersonic research branch at Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee as the service ratchets up its development of an alternative to rocket-powered launchers and high-speed vehicles, according to a July 3 press release from the service.

Will US cyborgs be the next to deploy?

University of Illinois researchers, in a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, say their tiny new creature is the first robot that uses live muscle for power.

Autonomous vehicles to join US Army

The US Army is embracing systems which will provide increased situational awareness and decrease the probability of accidents using safety features such as obstacle detection, collision avoidance, lane departure, tip-over warnings and vision enhancements for low-visibility conditions.

Survey Shows AFA's CyberPatriot Having Big STEM Impact

The Air Force Association's CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program today announced the results of its survey of middle and high school students, assessing their growth in cybersecurity knowledge and career interest through participation in the program.

The Most Coveted Employers For Engineering Students

While the rallying cry for STEM talent spans employers, data shows that engineers’ employment preferences skew towards more traditional manufacturing and extractive fields, with “engineering and manufacturing” ranked most preferred by nearly 70% of respondents, followed distantly by “energy,” and “aerospace and defense.”

Local 3-D printer manufacturer wins Air Force contract

Optomec of Albuquerque has been awarded a $4 million contract to help repair metal components for the U.S. Air Force. Optomec, which makes 3-D printers, has a unique technology that can print metal parts or add metal to existing parts.

Why Is U.S. Military Pushing K-12 Students to Build Drones In Dayton?

Along with politicians, business and industry, military officials have been ringing the alarm bells for years about the declining state of STEM education. In its STEM Education and Outreach Strategic Plan for 2010-14, the Pentagon's STEM Development office cited a "U.S. public education system" that was "challenged" by "outdated, underfunded, and poorly maintained facilities for science study."

US Military Developing Anti-Drone Lasers For Ground Vehicles

The U.S military says it is developing a laser that can be used to blind and shoot enemy drones from ground vehicles, adding to their anti-drone laser technology already crafted for ships.

House Panel Cuts Navy, Air Force R&D

Appriopriators cut $388 million from the administration's request for the Navy and $300 million for the Air Force, but added $126 million for the Army and $311 million Defense-wide.

Their report urges further development of lithium-ion batteries and investigation of different anti-corrosion materials, including metallic coatings and types used in oil and gas industries; development of "environmentally sustainable, near 100 percent efficient explosiveordnance disposal technologies"; use of lightweight, "state of the art" polymers in ballistics; development of "cognitive map-based modeling and simulation tools to advance battlefield readiness"; exploration of "novel, high-performance, lightweight, transparent ballistic protectionmaterials"; "new generation munitions material and manufacturing technologies".

They back plans for an Arctic Center of Excellence, urging that it be located where academia can be involved, and plonk down $220 million to develop a U.S.-made liquid rocket engine. Appropriators call for "a pilot program on public-private technology transfer ventures" between Defense R&D centers and "regionally-focused technology incubators, with the goal of increasing the commercialization of intellectual property" energetics, unmanned systems, and rapid prototyping.

Source: American Society for Engineering Education

How Cuts in the Pentagon Science Budget Will Hurt Basic Research

Despite military downsizing, the White House has previously shielded science research at the Department of Defense from budget cuts. But this year, the administration requested a 6.9% reduction. That has universities worried since they receive 10% of their federal research funding from the Pentagon.

U.S. Military's 'Iron Man' Suit Prototype Debuts This Month

A prototype of the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, will be available later this month, and a more complete version should be ready between 2016 and 2018, according to Battelle, a science and technology research institute headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

WVU creating STEM tutoring program

West Virginia University is establishing one of the first individualized science, technology, engineering and math tutoring programs for veterans who are students in the country.


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