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Engineering Newswire 64: New hypersonic jet strikes anywhere in less than an hour

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 1:15pm
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're flying unmanned Navy helicopters, adjusting our atomic clocks, reconfiguring robotic ape spines, and attacking any target in the world, in less than an hour. This episode features: 

-- The Next Fire Scout: Northrop Grumman's next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter conducted its first flight at Naval Base Ventura County in California
-- Planet of the Robotic Apes: iStruct, an ape-like robotic creation from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence and the University of Bremen, has scored itself a reconfigured spinal system.
-- Tick Tock: NIST's compact atomic clock design relies on cold rubidium atoms instead of hot atoms, a switch that promises improved precision and stability in ultraportable clocks.
-- Son of Blackbird: Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works has recently revealed its plans for a hypersonic aircraft that will go twice the speed of the SR-71. The SR-72 twin-engine aircraft is expected to travel at Mach 6, with the ability to strike targets. At this speed, no enemy would have time to react or hide.

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