viernes, 5 de mayo de 2017

Additive Manufacturing in Hybrid Warfare: Challenges and Opportunities

In recent years, Hybrid Warfare has become increasingly widespread, comprising various conventional and nonconventional means of warfare, as well as non-military options. While technological progress will generate more opportunities, it can also bring about new threats. Advancements in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing and nano-materials have not only shortened the product development cycle but have also given rise to a whole range of low-cost, yet effective military options. For example: In the past, skilled machinists with high-quality machine tools were required to manufacture Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs). However, in the last few years, Additive Manufacturing has advanced to the point where such EFPs could be ‘printed’.

domingo, 9 de abril de 2017

Afganistán: Abatido Qari Yasin (Ustad Aslam)

El Departamento de Defensa de los Estados Unidos ha confirmado recientemente que un ataque aéreo de Estados Unidos llevado a cabo el pasado 19 de marzo en Afganistán, dio como resultado la muerte de Qari Yasin, conocido líder terrorista de Al Qaeda.

De acuerdo con el comunicado de prensa del Pentágono, Yasin fue responsable de la muerte de decenas de personas, entre ellos dos miembros de las fuerzas estadounidenses. Entre otras acciones, se le atribuía el atentado del 20 de septiembre de 2008 contra el hotel Marriott de Islamabad, y el ataque en 2009 a un autobús que transportaba al equipo de cricket de Sri Lanka en Lahore.

“La muerte de Qari Yasin evidencia de que los terroristas que difaman el Islam y deliberadamente se dirigen a personas inocentes no escaparán a la justicia”, dijo el secretario de Defensa Jim MattisSegún The Guardian, el mensaje del Departamento de Defensa viene después de que fuentes de seguridad paquistaníes y militantes islamistas dijeran que un UAV de EE.UU. había matado a Yasin, también conocido como Ustad Aslam.

55 Epic Cinematic Drone Moves

Here is a “relatively” quick How-To video covering 55 cinematic drone shots that can be used for landscapes and points of interest. Every sample clip includes the controls that were used along with some tips.

lunes, 13 de marzo de 2017

UAVs con electrónica embebida

¿Es posible fabricar un UAV mediante Impresión 3D... y que lleve embebida la electrónica? La respuesta es SÍ, SIN DUDA.

El reto lo ha protagonizado Phillip Keane, estudiante de la Universidad Tecnológica de Nanyang (Singapur), quien ha diseñado y fabricado un UAV con material Ultem 9085, utilizando para ello un sistema de producción 3D Fortus 450mcAunque se trataba sólo de un prototipo, el reto demostró la posibilidad de llevar a cabo una fabricación automatizada de UAVs complejos y funcionales mediante impresión 3D.

viernes, 3 de marzo de 2017

¿Looking for a 3D-Printable Racing Drone?

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domingo, 26 de febrero de 2017

US Air Force to Phase Out MQ-1 Predator

The US Air Force said that it is retiring the 21-year-old MQ-1 Predator UAV and is transitioning to the MQ-9 Reaper: "We are going to stop flying the MQ-1 completely by July 1, 2017," 20th Attack Squadron commander Lt. Col. James said in the release. "We're converting an MQ-1 squadron… to an MQ-9 squadron in combat operations without taking a single day out of combat."

The Air Force explained the MQ-9 Reaper will be used for close air support for US troops along human piloted aircraft, and also for intelligence gathering and real-time reconnaissance: "The MQ-9 is better equipped than the MQ-1 due to its high definition sensors and increased speed," the release stated. "The fresh MQ-9 design picked up where the MQ-1 left off, boasting a nearly 4,000-pound payload and the ability to carry missiles and bombs."

Russian military will receive Svarog's VR helmet to control UAVs

Despite its cumbersome appearance, the device weighs 400 g, which is a standard weight of the current VR helmets.

"Now the Svarog is under trial and will be delivered to the Ministry of Defense as soon as possible during this year," Alexei Pechkin, a researcher at Mari State University, told the Izvestia newspaper. "We continue to improve the helmet and experiment with the characteristics of its lenses, but even now the resolution of the screen is twice that of its foreign rivals, while the angle of vision of Svarog is limited by the user's natural field of vision ".

The device has a set of sensors to measure the position of the eyes and the inclination of the head: The operator can vary the altitude of the UAV by raising or lowering his head as well as change the direction of the flight by moving only his eyes to a point of interest.

"Using a VR device to control an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft has many advantages over the traditional display and the joystick," says Maxim Chizhov, a VR expert. "An updated VR helmet gives the UAV operator a more realistic picture of the battlefield, allowing for faster decision making and more effective drone control at high speed."