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Hiller X-18 Tilt Roater

Posted on Aug 17, 2008 in 800HighTech, Featured Articles, Military News | 0 comments

The 1950’s was a memorable decade for aviation technology, with the cold war driving the US and Soviet arsenals like never before, experimental aircraft like the Hiller X-18 were granted funds for development. Design work was started by by Stanley Hiller Jr in 1995 when the Hiller Aircraft Corporation received a contract from the U.S. Air Force. The X-18 was designed as a cargo transport aircraft and was the first testbed for tiltwing and STOVL (short take off and vertical landing) technology. Hiller’s X-18 was able to cruise at speeds of up to 253 mph (407 km/h) and measured 63ft in length, 24ft in height and the tri-bladed contra-rotating propellers were a giant 16 ft (4.8 m) across. In an effort to speed up construction and cut costs, the plane was constructed from scavenged parts including a fuselage from...

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Military Seeks Fake Diamonds For Protection

Posted on Jun 22, 2008 in 800HighTech, Geek News, Military News | 0 comments

Engineers at Ohio State University are using zirconium dioxide otherwise known as fake/synthetic diamonds, to protect jet engines from high temperature corrosion. The zirconium dioxide coating has proved to comprise of better protective properties than standard ceramic coating that is currently applied to the fan blades of modern aircraft engines. The ceramic coating provides adequate protection but when it comes to grains of sand, it becomes a different matter. The ceramic coating expands with the hot engine blades offering continual protection. But grains of sand that may be sucked up into the engine melt in these high temperatures to form glass. The glass can break down the ceramic coating when hot and when cooled, it forms an inelastic layer on top of the protective coating. The next time the engine gets hot, the new glass layer restricts the ceramic...

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The F-117 To Be Retired

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 in 800HighTech, Featured Articles, Geek News, Military News | 4 comments

The revolutionary F-117 Night Hawk, the worlds first attack aircraft to employ stealth technology, is scheduled to be retired at the end of this month. ‘The Black Jet’ with its futurist angular design has spent a wholesome 27 years serving as part of the Air Force’s arsenal, secretly patrolling hostile skies from Serbia to Iraq. This will all come to an end on April 22nd when the last F-117’s are scheduled to arrive at their final destination, Tonopah Test Range Airfield in Nevada, the site where the jet made its first flight in 1981. Last month the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, which previously managed the F-117 program, had an informal private retirement ceremony with military leaders, base employees and representatives from Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. The last of the F-117’s will now fly...

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Smart Bombs Precision Guided Ammunition

Posted on Mar 22, 2008 in 800HighTech, Featured Articles, Geek News, Military News, Video | 2 comments

There is no doubt about it, guided ammunitions are changing the way we fight wars. In the days of the Vietnam War, guided ammunitions had already been developed however dumb or iron bombs were still largely in use. These days many munitions have guidance systems ranging from lasers to GPS, some of these systems are even being fitted to unmanned vehicles to enable a totally autonomous attack. Dumb bombs are what most people imagine when they think of a bomb. There is no way to control the bomb once it has been deployed, they simply fall to the ground and explode, hence the name. Needless to say hitting a target with a dumb bomb is an extremely difficult task and innocent bystanders are often caught up in the carpet bombing technique which is employed.Smart bombs are designed to guide...

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The Pain Ray (ADS) Non Lethal Weapon System

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 in 800HighTech, Featured Articles, Geek News, Military News, Video | 3 comments

The Pain Ray or Active Denial System (ADS) is a long standing joint project between the Air Force and the Pentagons Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate. The ABS non-lethal weapon consists of a real life ray gun which shoots 95 GHz millimeter waves that penetrate the skin at a 64th of an inch beneath the skin. This causes the water molecules to boil where the nerve receptors are most concentrated and of course, this hurts like hell. A press release by Sandia National Laboratories explains that when the waves hit, “[They produce an] intense heating sensation [which] stops only if the individual moves out of the beam’s path or the beam is turned off… “The sensation caused by the system has been described by test subjects as feeling like touching a hot frying pan.” Military grade units designed to zap the...

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Jet Powered Fire Extinguisher

Posted on Jan 6, 2008 in 800HighTech, Geek News, Military News, Random, Video | 0 comments

A team of Hungarian engineers have created jet powered fire extinguisher. The team of crazy engineers removed the gun turrets from an old Russian tank, replaced them with 2 turbines from a MIG-21 fighter jet and injected the whole thing with gallons of water. The result is the ultimate jet powered fire extinguisher. Whilst this may not be practical for most residential fires (imagine not only putting out the fire but blasting your whole home to smithereens) it will certainly help with large oil blazes that typically last for days. The concept is somewhat old and used in Australia mines and even back in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. However, this is a more powerful and effective system. It was originally known as the “The Great Wind” for obvious reasons. X-47B UCAS New Video Of First Flight X-47B Makes...

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Soldier Impaled By Live RPG Survived

Posted on Nov 3, 2007 in 800HighTech, Military News, Video | 7 comments

Spc. Channing Moss is lucky to be alive, after a fierce ambush and bloody firefight his buddies, a helicopter crew and a medical team would risk their own lives to save his. On March the 16th, 2007 Alpha Company platoon had set out from Forward Operating Base Tillman around 8 a.m. for a meeting with tribal leaders in the village of Srah Kandah in Paktika province near the Pakistan border. Moss, then a private first class, was manning a Mark 19 machine gun in the turret of his up-armored Humvee when his unit, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was attacked by Afghan Forces. The attack was over in seconds and Moss was left on the verge of death, impaled through the abdomen with a rocket-propelled grenade, and an aluminum rod with one tail...

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Airborne Military Laser Weapons

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 in 800HighTech, Geek News, Military News | 23 comments

Since the Cold War the U.S Missile Command and the U.S Air Force have continually focused their efforts on designing an Airborne Laser Weapon. Whilst this idea may still seem like science fiction, testing for this ground breaking technology has already begun. A powerful Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser (COIL) has been mounted in a turret-like array on the nose of specially modified Boeing 747-400 air freighters. The Airborne System’s (ABL) primary mission will be to locate and shoot down enemy ballistic missiles whilst still in the launch stage. The ABL will have an array of six long range Infrared Scan and Track (IRST) sensors arranged around the aircraft, providing 360 degrees of coverage to locate launch sites. Once the launch has been detected the data is fed to a modified low altitude navigation which will then use laser ranging...

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V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Vertical Helicopter

Posted on Aug 3, 2007 in 800HighTech, Featured Articles, Military News, Video | 6 comments

Range, speed and flexibility. Hard rules once defined by the limitations of previous medium-lift helicopters. The V-22 is the world’s first production tilt-rotor combines the vertical performance of a helicopter with the high speed and range of a fixed wing aircraft which offers twice the speed, three times the payload, five times the range, and can fly more than twice as high as older rotor craft it is destined to replace. The Osprey is about to revolutionize military air transport in a way that has not been seen since the introduction of helicopters more than 50 years ago. The Osprey is a tilt rotor vertical/short take off and landing (VSTOL) multi-mission aircraft with capabilities like no other. Combining the vertical flight capabilities of a helicopter with the speed and range of a turbo prop airplane it permits air to...

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Boeing X-48B Remote Controlled Blended Wing Body Aircraft

Posted on Aug 1, 2007 in 800HighTech, Geek News, Military News | 4 comments

Boeing have been hot press this year following the highly anticipated 787 Dreamliner, despite the huge launch campaign and all the time spent perfecting the Dreamliner, Boeing have still found time to develop and begin testing the new X-48B an unmanned Blended Wing Body Aircraft or BWB. The first ever flight took off on the 20th July from NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. This X-48B is only the second prototype that Boeing has built and the only one tested in flight; it was created to test the “structural, aerodynamic and operational efficiencies of the BWB concept,” according to Bob Liebeck, the BWB program manager, especially during take off and landing. BWB planes don’t have a tail, the wing itself blends into the fuselage, giving more lift and less drag than a traditional...

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