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#41 Self Induced

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 12:12 PM

I agree. The folding aspect can really only be used for evil intent.
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#42 Anpheus

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 01:50 PM

I'm pretty sure when he said if things get dangerous, you can kill someone with this. Go back and watch the video again, he kind of whispers it. He's clearly bloodthirsty and shouldn't be allowed near a weapon, for his own good.

#43 Va1or

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 01:51 PM

He's clearly bloodthirsty and shouldn't be allowed near a weapon, for his own good.


joke post?

#44 Va1or

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 09:21 PM

The Airborne Laser Cannon

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Boeing's new laser cannon can melt a hole in a tank from five miles away and 10,000 feet up?and it?s ready to fly this year


Creating a laser that can melt a soda can in a lab is a finicky enough task. Later this year, scientists will put a 40,000-pound chemical laser in the belly of a gunship flying at 300 mph and take aim at targets as far away as five miles. And we?re not talking aluminum cans. Boeing?s new Advanced Tactical Laser will cook trucks, tanks, radio stations?the kinds of things hit with missiles and rockets today. Whereas conventional projectiles can lose sight of their target and be shot down or deflected, the ATL moves at the speed of light and can strike several targets in rapid succession.

Last December, Boeing, under contract from the Department of Defense, installed a $200-million prototype of the laser into a C-130 at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico in preparation for test flights this year. From there it will go to the Air Force for more testing, and it could be in battle within five years.

Precise control over the beam?s aim allows it to hit a moving target a few inches wide and confine the damage to that space. The Pentagon hopes such precision will translate into less collateral damage than even today?s most accurate missiles. Future versions using different types of lasers could be mounted on smaller vehicles, such as fighter jets, helicopters and trucks.

How to Melt a Tank in Three Seconds Or Less

1. Find Your Target
When the C-130 flies within targeting range (up to five miles away), the gunner aims using a rotating video camera mounted beneath the fuselage. The computer locks onto the object to continually track it. A second crew member precisely adjusts the laser beam?s strength?higher power to disable vehicles, lower power to knock out, say, a small power generator. The gunner hits ?fire,? and the computer takes over from there.

2. Heat Up the Laser
In a fraction of a second, chlorine gas mixes with hydrogen peroxide. The resulting chemical reaction creates highly energetic oxygen molecules. Pressurized nitrogen pushes the oxygen through a fine mist of iodine, transferring the oxygen?s energy to iodine molecules, which shed it in the form of intense light.

3. Amplify the Beam
The optical resonator bounces this light between mirrors, forcing more iodine molecules to cough up their photons, further increasing the laser beam?s intensity. From there, the light travels through a sealed pipe above the weapon?s crew station and into a chamber called the optical bench. There, sensors determine the beam?s quality, while mechanically controlled mirrors compensate for movement of the airplane, vibration and atmospheric conditions. Precise airflow regulates the chamber?s temperature and humidity, which helps keep the beam strong.

4. Stand Clear
A kind of reverse telescope called the beam expander inside a retractable, swiveling pod called the turret widens the beam to 20 inches and aims it. The laser?s computer determines the distance to the target and adjusts the beam so it condenses into a focused point at just the right spot. Tracking computers help make microscopic adjustments to compensate for both the airplane?s and the target?s movement. A burst of a few seconds? duration will burn a several-inch-wide hole in whatever it hits.

FAQ

* How hot is the beam? The laser itself isn?t hot, but it can heat its target to thousands of degrees.
* Does the laser sear everything in its path? Yes. If a bird flew into the firing laser?s line of sight?
well, no more bird. Fortunately, the weapon will fire for only a few seconds at a time, minimizing the risk.
* Does it melt its target or just set it aflame? That depends on what it hits. It will melt metal, but if
the target is combustible, it will burn.



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#45 Self Induced

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 09:12 AM

Wow. It's finally here.

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#46 Jironimo

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 11:30 AM

they need to shoulder-mount dat tish next.

#47 Va1or

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:15 PM

Awesome video of the Army's BigDog robot at the link. At around 1:45 the machine slips on ice and recovers while floundering about and regains its balance autonomously. It's pretty spooky and amazing. The movement of this robot is the most lifelike I can recall ever seeing in a machine, especially in such diverse and difficult terrain.

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DARPA's Amazing Robot Pack Mule Keeps its Balance On Ice
A new video of the Army's BigDog 'bot highlights its eery abilities

Two years ago we showed you Boston Dynamics' incredible BigDog?one of the world's most ambitious legged robots?being developed for DARPA and the U.S. Army. With its advanced system of hyper-responsive hydraulic joints and a suite of sensors, accelerometers and gyroscopes, the BigDog's most stunning achievement is it's ability to walk, climb and maintain its balance on diverse terrain, even after slipping on ice or receiving a kick to one side. All while carrying several hundreds of pounds of supplies on its "back."

In this new video, we see the latest BigDog iteration taking a stroll through the woods, stomping through ice and snow, showing off a new gallop, and in one of the more amazing things you'll see today, regaining its balance autonomously after slipping on a patch of ice. The amount of real-time computation involved in something like this is staggering, and if the YouTube comments are anything to say about it ("Shoot it. SHOOT IT!"), we humans may not be quite ready to accept such lifelike behavior coming from a machine.

If and when it enters service, BigDog could support troops on the battlefield by carrying heavy cargo or evacuating the wounded. But for now, it's sticking to making online video fans' jaws drop.

#48 Va1or

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:34 PM

Oh Snap! The French just outdid us all!

Must watch:



#49 Cocopjojo

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:45 PM

Oh Snap! The French just outdid us all!

Must watch:

They also have the ability to create poorly cut together videos!

#50 Va1or

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:48 PM

Whether it was fake or not, I still got a good laugh out of it.

#51 Nightshade

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:54 PM

They also have the ability to create poorly cut together videos!

The French. That was the joke. You missed it.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:56 PM

lol, France

#53 Cocopjojo

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:05 PM

The French. That was the joke. You missed it.

Oh. Now that I realize that it's not serious, it is kinda funny.

#54 NJ Shlice

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 03:33 AM

Awesome video of the Army's BigDog robot at the link.


Okay, that just freaked me out. Real bad.

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 05:45 AM

Awesome video of the Army's BigDog robot at the link.


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