How Border Drones Were Born During the Vietnam War

From 1968 until 1973, the US military spent about $1 billion a year on a new computer-powered initiative intended to end the war in Vietnam. It went by many names over the years — including Practice Nine, Muscle Shoals, Illinois City and Dye Marker. But today it’s most commonly known as Operation Igloo White. »9/23/15 7:20pm9/23/15 7:20pm


Drones In Afghanistan Have The Most Advanced Aerial Surveillance Ever

The huge pods slung under this USAF MQ-9 Reaper represent the most game-changing aerial surveillance technology of at least the last decade. Known as Gorgon Stare Increment II, it features two massive sensor balls packing 368 cameras, and is one of the most advanced forms of Wide Area Aerial Surveillance to date. »4/06/15 10:02am4/06/15 10:02am

Infrared Search And Track Systems And The Future Of The US Fighter Force

Lockheed has a new modular sensor system for combat aircraft dubbed the "Legion Pod" that aims at plugging a major hole in US air warfare capability. It provides a bolt-on Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for optically hunting down enemy aircraft, especially stealthy ones, that our radars have trouble detecting. »3/26/15 3:21pm3/26/15 3:21pm

How This Bug-Inspired Compound Eye Could Transform Missile Seeker Tech

The USAF is working on a fly-like artificial compound eye that could one day be used for seekers on missiles as well as other targeting systems. This is hardly the first time the DoD has looked to mother nature for good ideas, but compound eye technology has the potential to greatly increase the field of view and… »3/11/15 1:20pm3/11/15 1:20pm

Zurich Installed 4,500 Street Sensors to Count Every Car in the City

Congestion pricing—the implementation of high tolls to keep cars out of congested downtown areas—is one of the most effective ways to reduce traffic and emissions. Zurich's plan goes above and beyond that, using a network of sensors to track the number of cars that enter its downtown and prevent more cars from… »10/16/14 3:46pm10/16/14 3:46pm