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DARPA Reaches Out To Public For UAV Unsuccessfully
2012-07-04 04:17:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online DARPA reached out to a community of unmanned air vehicle (UAV) enthusiasts to help create new military aircraft, but failed to find a worthy candidate to win the $100,000 prize. The agency said it set out to determine if a group of enthusiasts could develop a military relevant back-pack portable UAV with specific capabilities. The effort, according to DARPA, sought to inspire innovation and creative thought by lowering barriers to...

DARPA Develops Disaster Zone Delivery Systems
2012-06-28 08:02:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com DARPA announced on Tuesday that it has developed new sea and air delivery systems to help lend support to disaster zones. DARPA said its Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform (TEMP) program has completed the design of technologies to transform commercial container ships into self-contained floating supply bases during a disaster relief operations. "During natural or manmade disasters, the U.S. armed forces, with rapidly deployable sealift, airlift,...

Top Secret USAF Space Plane Completes 15-Month Mission
2012-06-17 05:35:11

After spending one year and three months orbiting the Earth, an unmanned Air Force space plane completed its top secret mission early Saturday morning, successfully touching down at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Associated Press (AP) and other media outlets have reported. According to W.J. Hennigan of the Los Angeles Times, the autonomous X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in March 2011, touched down at 5:48am PDT. The...

Secret Military Space Plane Could Be Landing Today
2012-06-15 13:04:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com The Air Force is making landing preparations for its super-secret X-37B unmanned space plane at the Vandenberg Air Force Base. According to various media outlets, Air Force officials said depending on weather conditions, the landing for the unmanned space plane could take place on Friday. "The men and women of Team Vandenberg are ready to execute safe landing operations anytime and at a moment's notice," Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander, said...

X-37B
2012-05-31 15:39:35

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com The super-secret Air Force spaceplane that has been orbiting the Earth for over a year is coming in for a landing in June. The exact date on which the unmanned spaceplane enters back into the Earth's atmosphere is dependent on weather and other conditions, but the Air Force said on Wednesday it expects the landing to occur in early to mid-June. "The men and women of Team Vandenberg are ready to execute safe landing operations anytime and at a moment's...

X-37B Passes One Year Milestone, Still In Orbit
2012-03-09 09:04:34

The US Air Force´s X-37B spacecraft, an experimental miniature space shuttle launched last March, has just passed the one year mark in space, with no signs of returning to Earth anytime soon. The spacecraft, designed to spend up to nine months in Earth´s orbit, was launched March 5, 2011. X-37B, known as Orbital Test Vehicle 2 (OTV) -- the military´s follow up to the X-37 --  has been in orbit one year and two days, and is on a purely scientific endeavor, according to...

Human And Humanoid Perform First Handshake In Space
2012-02-16 12:22:26

[ Watch the Video ] Daniel Burbank, current commander of the International Space Station crew, has taken a new step in orbit by becoming the first human to shake hands with a humanoid robot in space. Burbank shook hands with Robonaut after ground controllers activated computer software that enabled the robot to extend its right hand, fingers outstretched. "The first human-humanoid handshake in space," Burbank said as the months of testing the Robonaut finally came to an end....


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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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