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GAO Finds Issues With GPS Satellites

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: GPS,

GPS Globe

The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently issued a report that claims that unless the Air Force puts up new GPS III satellites by 2010, older ones may stop working and service may fail. As of now there are 31 in orbit and although we only need 24 for positioning, the AF seems to have fallen behind in their maintenance. No need to fear yet, as the AF promises the new system will be up and running and may increase the signal by as much as 10 times the present rate.

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Video: Jesse Ventura talks waterboarding and Cheney on Larry King

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Media, Videos, War,

Former Governor Jesse Ventura made an appearance on The Larry King Show a few days ago, and is as outspoken as ever. In the clip above, Jesse talks about waterboarding as torture, and goes on to say “You give me a water board, Dick Cheney, and one hour, and I’ll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders.” Check out the video for more.


Army Wives Re-Enlist on Lifetime

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Drama, Prime Time, Cable, Renewals, Video,


Lifetime’s runaway success will return this summer for a third season. The second season of the show, which finished it run in November 2008, drew more than 80 million total viewers.The series has already been picked up by the cable network for a fourth season.

Army Wives focuses on a group of wives, and one husband, whose spouses are actively serving their country. The show, set on a military post, has been critically acclaimed and well-received by fans. Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Brigid Brannagh, Brian McNamara, Sterling K. Brown, Wendy Davis, Drew Fuller, Terry Serpico, Katelyn Pippy and Catherine Bell make up the cast.

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Dell Latitude E6400 XFR

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: PC / Laptop,

Dell LatitudeDell’s new Latitude E6400 XFR is a second generation, obviously intended to take on Panasonic’s Toughbook. Designed for factories, the military, field technicians and the terminally clumsy, the company says that the 2.2-inch thick laptop can dropped up to 4 ft., not that you would want to intentionally test it. Dell utilizes a “Ballistic Armor Protection System featuring PR-481” which, although is strong enough to be used in missile nose cones, they say is not bulletproof. The system is available in the U.S., Canada, France, Spain, the UK, Germany and Italy with a starting price of $4,299.00.

Read More | Forbes

Satellite Crash Causes Space Trash

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Science, Transportation,

Space TrashAfter last week’s collision of two satellites in space, experts estimate tens of thousands of pieces of space junk that they will now have to monitor. They already track over 17,000 pieces larger than 2 to 4 inches in diameter. The incident occurred between a U.S. Iridium commercial satellite and a derelict Russian military one about 500 miles above the planet. The FAA has received reports of falling debris over Texas, which could be related to the crash but was not confirmed. Either way, it may be 10,000 years before the floating stuff, seen in this artist’s rendering, will not be a threat to other satellites.

Read More | MSNBC

Runflier Stalker Takes Flight

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Transportation,

Runflier StalkerRussian Designer/Inventor Alexander Begak has designed the Runflier Stalker, the next generation of his Evolution. The airborne vehicle takes off from a short runway and can travel almost a thousand miles without refueling at a speed of up to 124 mph. It is made of Kevlar and weighs only about 300 lbs. Because it is made of the plastic material, it is invisible to radar and can take photos both day and night, as well as perform mapping and patrolling duties. Look for the Stalker in a war near you.

Read More | Inventor Spot

TroopTube Social Network

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet,

TroopTube

Because of security reasons, no doubt, the DOD has restricted overseas military use of sites such as YouTube and MySpace for its personnel. Delve Networks and the DOD’s Military One Source have launched TroopTube. The social site allows active duty, guard and reserve military folks and their families to share videos but they will not be able to embed them elsewhere. The Defense Department will monitor what is shown on the site that could be potential risks. Sign-up is free and uploading is super-simple.

 

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Draganflyer X6 Helicopter

Draganflyer X6

The Draganflyer X6 is a deluxe adventure into spydom. Remotely operated, the mini-helicopter has 11 sensors and thousands of lines of code to self-stabilize while flying. It features a 6 rotor co-axial design with 3 counter rotating pairs at the ends of the arms and matched sets of counter-rotating rotor blades. The X6 has brushless motors and its blades are the only moving parts, so no gears will wear out. The company claims it can fly indoors easily as well as in winds of up to 18 mph. Contact Draganflyer for price, availability and particulars about differing camera modules selection.

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German Family Takes Tank Shopping

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Transportation,

Fox Tank

Tired of people beating you to a parking place? Joachim Schoeneich bought a British built Fox tank in Germany to solve the dilemma. The vehicle has a baby seat for the family’s 2 year-old and the 30mm gun has been disarmed. Schoeneich claims it’s still tough to find a parking spot but that he always gets the right of way. The purchase price for the tank was £24,000 (~$47,000.00) and the 4.2 liter engine gets a whole five miles per gallon.

Read More | DVICE

Drive a Tank

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Transportation,

TankWe know that every time we show you military gadgets you want to play with them, too. So in an effort to keep our readers happy, we have found you the ultimate vacation, a Tank Driving lesson. You and your instructor can play with an Abbott tracked gun, an Armored Personnel Carrier or a six-wheeled Stalwart for about 2 hours. There is a slight catch. You have to be between 5 ft. and 6 ft. 4-inches, weigh less than 252 lbs., and be at least 17 years of age. The cost for the lesson is £175.00 (~$343.00.)

Read More | Supergift

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