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Kevlar or plastic? New armor lighter, provides same protection

Lightweight plastic body armor will replace Kevlar-based protective equipment used by U.S. troops in 2019. The new Torso and Extremities Protection system, which has been undergoing field testing at bases across the U.S., weighs about 23 pounds — 25 percent lighter than gear worn today, said Lt. Col. Kathy Brown, a program manager for Soldier

Metal Foam Handles Heat Better Than Steel

A new study from North Carolina State University researchers finds that novel light-weight composite metal foams (CMFs) are significantly more effective at insulating against high heat than the conventional base metals and alloys that they”re made of, such as steel. The finding means the CMF is especially promising for use in storing and transporting nuclear

3D Printing Key To Hypersonic Weapons: Raytheon

ARLINGTON: The race is on to build hypersonic weapons, missiles that blow through a target”s defenses at more than five times the speed of sound. Or should that be “the race to grow hypersonic weapons”? It turns out an unrelated cutting-edge technology, 3D printing, may be the key to making hypersonics work. The whole aerospace

Supercondenser Stores Heat as Electricity

Researchers at the Laboratory for Organic Electronics at Linköping Universitet, Sweden, have created a supercondenser that can be charged by the sun. It contains no expensive or hazardous materials, has patents pending, and it should be fully possible to manufacture it on an industrial scale. In the future we could have a completely new type

Legacy Components to be Replaced On Newest Apache Aircraft

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Apache attack helicopter is flying into the future with enhanced sensors and a more reliable turret that improves the aircraft”s 40-year-old technology. During a media event at the Association of the U.S. Army”s Institute of Land Warfare Global Force Symposium and Exposition at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala., on

Marine Corps Warfighting Lab Promotes Innovation Across Force

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — The Marine Corps wants to be more innovative. Yes, the organization that has a rich history of innovation is trying to strengthen its culture of innovation across the force and not just on the battlefield or in a crisis. Marine Corps leaders recognize that in order to meet the

U-M Opens World-Class Battery Research Lab

Ford and Michigan Economic Development Corp. partner to create open innovation laboratory. ANN ARBOR—The opening of the University of Michigan Energy Institute”s Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility, or Battery Lab, today further expands the Midwest”s rapidly growing battery research and manufacturing capabilities. The open-access lab will provide space to build and test battery concepts