The Air Force’s Secretive Robot Space Plane Is a Mashup of Old and New
High overhead, one of the U.S. Air Force's two known drone space planes is nearing a year in orbit, doing … well, who knows. Run by the Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office, which surely has the boldest motto in government—Opus Dei Cum Pecunia Alienum Efficemus, Latin for “doing God’s work... Read more
They Don’t Call It ‘Goblin Metal’ for Nothing
Valentin Escamilla Ortiz had one of those on-the-job horrors. He was driving a long haul, carrying an old radiation therapy machine from the general hospital in Tijuana to the Storage Center for Low Level Radioactive Waste in Maquixco, near Mexico City. In the early morning of Dec. 2, 2013,... Read more
The Jesus Nut and Other Military Tech Wonders
the Jesus nut. Via wikipedia The Jesus Nut and Other Military Tech Wonders Hardware is magic in this tour of weird war engineering  In all my research for War is Boring, I’ve come across countless little gold nuggets of information too small to merit a full article but too... Read more
The Tiltrotor Firefighter
The V-22 Osprey. Department of Defense photo The Tiltrotor Firefighter Could the V-22 Osprey be used to battle blazes? by STEVE WEINTZ On June 21, 2008, a U.S. Coast Guard vessel off the central California coast reported multiple dry lightning strikes in the Santa Lucia mountains. Within hours the... Read more
Fighting Trains!

Fighting Trains!

Uncategorized October 15, 2013 0

Czech armored train in Siberia, 1918/Dark Roasted blend Fighting Trains! The height of steampunk silliness, armored trains couldn’t help but enlist in the 20th century’s largest conflicts by STEVE WEINTZ The advent of locomotives and the spread of railways symbolized the Industrial Revolution, delivering the outputs of factories and... Read more
aqueon product brochure/innerspace corporation Foils are better than fins, but they’ve been slow to enter the military diving world by STEVE WEINTZ Imagine you’ve developed a device that lets swimmers and divers swim dramatically farther and faster — and with less fatigue than traditional fins. Imagine your device, which is easy to learn... Read more
We’ve Invented Futuristic Flippers—Why Aren’t the SEALs Using Them?
aqueon product brochure/innerspace corporation We’ve Invented Futuristic Flippers — Why Aren’t the SEALs Using Them? Foils are better than fins, but they’ve been slow to enter the military diving world by STEVE WEINTZ Imagine you’ve developed a device that lets swimmers and divers swim dramatically farther and faster —... Read more
Thulium Power! The Rare Earth That’s Perfect for Deep Sea Missions
Thulium metal and deep-sea coral. Wikimedia Commons photo Thulium Power! The Rare Earth That’s Perfect for Deep Sea Missions How thulium-based nuclear power could run the next generation of underwater robots Thulium? It sounds like something straight out of Comic-Con: “Then lo, Thor brought forth his nightstick of purest... Read more
I Built My Own Copy of Iran’s Faux Stealth Fighter
On Feb. 2, 2013, under the smiling gazes of then-Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, the Qaher 313 Conqueror — Iran’s newest, most advanced fighter plane — was revealed to members of the world media. Parked in a hanger remarkably similar to the one seen in videos... Read more
America’s Armored Shotgun
Designed and built in a farm tractor factory and armed with six 106-millimeter recoilless rifles, the M-50A1 Ontos was rejected by the Army and only purchased in small numbers by the Marine Corps. Years later in Vietnam, the USMC trained infantry riflemen to drive these vehicles, nicknamed “Things,” down... Read more
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