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Airbus Helicopters and Aerovel have teamed up for an exciting collaboration. They're working together to acquire Aerovel and its cool drone system called Flexrotor. This move is part of their plan to make their collection of high-tech drones even stronger. The Flexrotor drone is a small, smart aircraft designed for important tasks like keeping an eye on things at sea and on land.Bruno Even, the big boss at Airbus Helicopters, is thrilled about this partnership. He says bringing Aerovel into the Airbus family fits perfectly with their goal of making more types of drones and meeting the growing demand from customers worldwide. Flexrotor, with its autonomous flying abilities, will be a great addition to their drone family.The CEO of Aerovel, Ali Dian, is also excited. He believes teaming up with Airbus will help them speed up their work in the drone world. They're committed to supporting the US military and its friends. Ali Dian is proud to be part of Airbus, a company with a long history of success in the aerospace world.The Flexrotor drone is quite a marvel. It's a modern Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft, meaning it can go up and down like a helicopter. It weighs up to 25 kg and can fly for a long time—12 to 14 hours! That's a lot of flying time for a small drone. It can carry different kinds of tools and sensors to do special jobs. Plus, it can launch and land by itself, making it great for missions that need a small space.The Flexrotor has proven itself in tough situations, thanks to help from the US Department of Defense. It's been part of maritime security exercises and is a big help in challenging environments where GPS signals might not work well. This drone isn't just for military stuff; it can also help with things like watching for forest fires or guiding ships through icy waters in the Arctic.Aerovel, based in Bingen, Washington, will stay a US-owned company. They're going to keep working with the US Department of Defense as part of a special agreement with Airbus.The deal between Airbus and Aerovel is almost done, but they're waiting for some official approvals. If everything goes as planned, the partnership will be official in 2024. Get ready for more high-tech drones in the sky!

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-15 14:38:36
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Defense News ,Russia & Ukraine war :- In a recent incident, Ukraine has reported shooting down a Russian Beriev A-50 airborne early warning and control jet and an Ilyushin Il-22M airborne command post on Sunday evening.A-50 Incident:The A-50 was patrolling Zaporizhzhia’s Kyrylivka district when it was reportedly shot down, according to sources in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The A-50 disappeared from radars and stopped responding to requests from tactical aviation. The pilot of the Russian Su-30 PKS detected ignition and witnessed the unidentified aircraft falling.Il-22M Damaged:In another incident over Kherson’s Strilkovo district along the Azov Sea coast, a Russian Il-22M was damaged. It planned for an emergency landing in the Russian town of Anapa on the Azov Sea’s southern coast, calling for evacuation, an ambulance, and a fire truck. A recorded conversation between the aircraft’s pilot and an airfield controller supports this claim.Significant Loss for Russia:Losing the $330-million A-50 is a significant blow for the Russian Air Force, which only has nine or 10 of these aircraft, with only half reportedly operational. This loss could make flying Russian fighter jets closer to Ukrainian airspace more challenging. Ukraine has been actively countering Russian air assets, reportedly using the Patriot air defense system to shoot down several aircraft in the past month.Aircraft Features:The A-50, Russia's counterpart to the Boeing E3, is flown by a crew of 15 and features a rotating radar providing 360 degrees of coverage for up to 250 miles (402 kilometers). It plays a crucial role in command and control, offering situational awareness for Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missiles, capable of spotting jets, cruise missiles, and drones from an altitude of 12,000 meters (39,000 feet).No Official Confirmation:Both Russia and Ukraine have not officially commented on the reported incidents. However, some Ukrainian military officials have hinted at the downings without providing specific details. Nataliya Gumenyuk from Ukraine’s Southern Defense and Security Forces mentioned that certain information would come from the Air Force, emphasizing previous warnings about unfavorable combat weather conditions for Russian aviation in the southern direction.                  

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-15 14:32:00
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Defense News, North Korea :- North Korea announced on Monday that it successfully tested a powerful new missile. This missile is not like regular ones; it's a special kind called a hypersonic missile. The United States, China, Russia, and other countries are also working hard to make similar super-fast missiles.How Hypersonic Missiles Work:These special missiles launch a warhead that travels more than five times faster than the speed of sound, around 6,200 km per hour. They can also move at low altitudes. Even though they are called hypersonic because of their speed, experts say what makes them special is how they can change direction while flying.In 2021, North Korea tested its first hypersonic missile with a glider-shaped warhead. In 2022, they used a maneuverable ballistic missile warhead. The latest test on Sunday aimed to check new engines and a warhead that can move around a lot.Why Hypersonic Missiles Matter:Countries like China, Russia, and the United States are in a race to develop these advanced missiles. The main goal is to create rockets that are tough to detect and stop. Hypersonic missiles can fly in a way that makes it hard for defenses to predict and intercept them.Who's Leading the Race:China and Russia have made successful tests. China launched a rocket with a hypersonic vehicle that circled the Earth in 2021. Russia tested a hypersonic cruise missile called Tsirkon. The United States tested an air-breathing hypersonic weapon in 2021.North Korea's Hypersonic Goal:North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, made it a priority to develop hypersonic weapons in 2021. The country fired its first hypersonic missile in September that year. The recent test is their first missile with a solid fuel system, making it quicker to launch.Why It Matters for North Korea:North Korea wants to have these advanced missiles to strengthen its defense. Hypersonic missiles could be useful to hit faraway places like Guam without being stopped by U.S. defenses.In conclusion, North Korea is actively working to join the race for faster and more advanced missiles, keeping up with major military powers around the world.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-15 14:05:28
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Mysterious News ,World :- In the heart of the Amazon rainforest, scientists have unveiled a remarkable discovery using advanced laser technology. A sprawling network of ancient structures and pathways, dating back 2,500 years, has been uncovered beneath the thick Amazonian canopy. This finding represents the earliest and largest agricultural civilization ever found in South America's dense rainforest.For decades, archaeologists have been studying the Upano Valley site, nestled in the eastern Andes. However, it wasn't until the use of airborne lidar (light detection and ranging) technology that the true extent of this ancient civilization came to light. Lidar, which involves bouncing thousands of infrared laser pulses off the landscape, revealed hidden structures beneath the vegetation.Lead researcher Stéphen Rostain, an archaeologist and director of research at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), expressed how lidar provided a new perspective. "On foot, you have trees in the way, and it's difficult to see what's actually hidden there."The site, spanning approximately 230 square miles, was occupied from around 500 B.C. to sometime between A.D. 300 and 600, as revealed by archaeological excavations. The pre-Hispanic Kilamope and Upano cultures, along with the later Huapula culture, created this intricate settlement in the Upano Valley.Lidar images showcased over 6,000 rectangular earthen platforms, plazas, and interconnected mounds, all linked by an extensive grid of straight roadways and footpaths. These roadways served not only to connect various parts of the site but also extended beyond, connecting the entire community.Researchers also identified nearly 15 distinct settlement sites, each varying in size and structure. Some featured massive mounds, reaching up to 492 feet long and standing 26 feet high, highlighting the complexity and grandeur of the site.The site's size and complexity drew comparisons to similar Maya urban systems in Central America. The study authors emphasized the significance of this discovery, urging a reevaluation of preconceptions about the Amazonian world and advocating for an inclusive and participatory approach to understanding its environmental and cultural heritage.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-14 14:50:02
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Defense News , Russia :- In a recent video report aired on Russian TV and shared on social media on January 14, 2023, there's big news about Russia's defense. They're making a lot of the latest 152mm self-propelled howitzers, called 2S35, to make up for the artillery losses in the Ukraine conflict.To fix the problem and make their military stronger, Russia is quickly making more and better artillery vehicles. This change shows a new plan to make Russia's artillery stronger in the Ukraine conflict.Since the Ukraine conflict began in February 2022, Russia has lost a lot of artillery systems. The data from Ukraine's Armed Forces and news sources like Ukrainska Pravda say Russia lost many artillery systems over time.By January 14, 2024, Russia reported losing 8,747 artillery systems. This is a big part of all the military equipment Russia lost, including people, tanks, and other military stuff. Keep in mind that these numbers may change as the situation develops, and the most accurate updates come from sources like Ukrainska Pravda.Artillery is vital for Russia's strategy in the Ukraine conflict. It lets them hit enemies from far away without risking their own troops. It's also crucial for stopping enemy movements and controlling areas.Artillery helps infantry and armored units in attacks, making advances easier and potentially less risky. The psychological impact of constant artillery fire also affects the morale of enemy troops.Modern artillery, like the 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV, is versatile, with different types of ammunition for various needs. It's cost-effective compared to other heavy weapons like air strikes, providing continuous firepower over time.The 2S35 is a major upgrade compared to older Russian systems. It has a longer firing range, faster firing rate, and more precision. Its automated systems reduce crew needs, making it more efficient in combat.The 2S35 can fire different types of ammunition and operates on various terrains. Overall, it's a more advanced artillery system, designed for the demands of modern warfare.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-14 14:35:43
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Defense News , India :- Recently, General Anil Chauhan, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), visited the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) Delhi Campus. The purpose was to discuss how C-DOT and the Indian Armed Forces can work together to create advanced and secure telecom solutions.C-DOT Introduces Cutting-Edge Solutions to CDSDuring the visit, C-DOT demonstrated its own advanced security solutions and ongoing technology programs to General Chauhan. Dr. Rajkumar Upadhyay, the CEO of C-DOT, gave a detailed overview of the Telecom product portfolio. This included important areas like a security operation centre for detecting network malware in real-time, an enterprise security centre for dealing with threats at an enterprise level, Quantum Key Distribution, and Post Quantum Cryptography.The presentation also covered solutions such as 4G and 5G core and radio access networks, disaster management using Common Alert Protocol (CAP), optical transport and access solutions, and switching and routing solutions. The CEO assured General Chauhan that C-DOT is dedicated to developing top-notch security solutions that meet the needs of the Indian Armed Forces.Importance of Collaboration and Modern WarfareGeneral Chauhan stressed the importance of collaboration between C-DOT and the three branches of the Indian Armed Forces. He pointed out the need for integrated and advanced secure communication solutions in the changing landscape of modern warfare, where the focus is shifting from network-centric to data-centric approaches.During interactions with C-DOT engineers, General Chauhan expressed confidence in the nation's ability to protect its communication systems and cyberspace. He recognized the transformative phase of digitization in the country and commended C-DOT's efforts in contributing to the vision of a self-reliant India.Practical Insights Through Lab DemonstrationsThe visit included lab demonstrations of various solutions, providing practical insights into their applications. C-DOT thanked the entire defence team led by General Chauhan and expressed enthusiasm for future collaborations.In his remarks, General Chauhan said, "Our country is going through a transformation; we are moving towards digitization, and all our efforts are geared towards self-reliance." He described the visit to C-DOT as eye-opening, expressing confidence in the nation's ability to protect its communication systems and cyberspace.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-14 14:21:30
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Defense News , Balochistan :- In a recent development, Baloch activist Mahrang Baloch has taken a significant step by filing a petition with the United Nations, calling for an investigation into human rights violations in Balochistan. The petition specifically requests a "fact-finding mission led by the United Nations working group to look into human rights abuses in Balochistan."Mahrang Baloch is urging people worldwide to support the cause by signing the petition. She emphasized, "We are seeking justice and want to make our voices heard by the international community. I urge you to sign the petition," as stated on 'X'.Addressing human rights advocates globally, Mahrang Baloch highlighted the severe human rights abuses faced by the Baloch people in Balochistan, describing it as a systematic genocide. She expressed the collective efforts of the Baloch people to use every available means to stop this atrocity, pleading for support from compassionate individuals worldwide.United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Mary Lawlor, recently expressed concerns over reports of police harassment against protestors advocating against enforced disappearances in Balochistan, Pakistan. Lawlor urged for the dismissal of "spurious criminal complaints" against peaceful protesters.Protests are currently taking place in solidarity with the Baloch Yakjehti Committee (BYC) sit-in against enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Islamabad. Organizers accuse the police of harassing and profiling supporters, leading to the filing of false reports against them.Mary Lawlor, addressing the situation on 'X', shared, "Today I met WHRDs @SammiBaluch & @MahrangBaloch_ to discuss the ongoing protests against enforced disappearances in Balochistan, #Pakistan. The reports of police harassment are v. concerning. Spurious criminal complaints against peaceful protestors should be dropped."Mahrang Baloch informed Mary Lawlor about the police crackdown on peaceful protesters during their meeting. She also discussed the concerning remarks made by Pakistan's Caretaker PM Anwar ul Haq Kakar regarding Baloch missing persons. In a post on 'X,' Mahrang Baloch stated, "We had a pleasant conversation with @MaryLawlorhrds, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, and her colleagues. Informed her about the police crackdown on peaceful protesters, the malicious media campaign, and absurd comments by the caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan regarding Baloch missing persons. She assured she will continue monitoring our situation and the threats we face."

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-14 14:14:28
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Defense News ,South Korea :- North Korea shot a ballistic missile into the sea on Sunday, marking its first missile launch in about a month. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed the launch but did not provide details on how far the missile traveled.Japan's Defense Ministry also reported detecting a possible ballistic missile launch by North Korea but didn't share additional information.This is North Korea's first missile launch since testing its advanced Hwasong-18 solid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile on December 18, designed to reach the mainland U.S.Just a few days ago, North Korea fired artillery shells near the tense sea border with South Korea. In response, South Korea conducted similar firing exercises in the same area.North Korea has been using aggressive language against its rivals lately. Kim Jong Un, the country's leader, referred to South Korea as "our principal enemy" and threatened to destroy it if provoked.Experts predict that Kim may escalate tensions further by conducting more missile tests to influence the outcomes of South Korea's parliamentary elections in April and the U.S. presidential election in November.In a significant party meeting last December, Kim pledged to expand the country's nuclear arsenal and launch additional spy satellites, citing perceived confrontational moves led by the U.S.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-14 14:05:36
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Defense News ,India :- In the Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts of Maharashtra, there's growing worry about clashes between people and tigers. Forest officials have taken action, claiming to have caught 62 troublesome tigers in the past ten years.As more land disappears and humans move into tiger territory, it's becoming urgent to protect these big cats. The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve's quick-response team, made up of 15 members, has a tough job: catching tigers that pose a threat to humans.Over the last decade, they've used tranquilizers to capture 62 'conflict' tigers, including 35 males and 27 females. In 2023 alone, they caught 4 tigers in Gadchiroli and 8 in Chandrapur, along with 8 leopards. Currently, they're searching for the G-18 Tiger in Gadchiroli, using 70 camera traps to help.Fatal tiger attacks have terrified local villagers. A recent incident in Gadchiroli saw a tiger kill a 55-year-old woman, Mangalabai Vitthal Bole, and another attack on January 7 claimed the life of Sushma Devidas Mandal in Aheri tehsil.Speaking to ANI, Dr. Ravikant Khobragade, a vet at Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, revealed their efforts in capturing 'man-eater' tigers and leopards. Despite orders to shoot some animals, they safely caught and sent them to the zoo.The team is also involved in radio collaring elephants and microchipping tigers, leopards, and wild dogs. Dr. Khobragade stressed the importance of understanding tiger behavior before capturing them. Equipped with modern technology and specialized vehicles, the team uses drones, night vision binoculars, ambulances, and hydraulic cages.Capturing tigers is a patient process. Dr. Khobragade highlighted the challenges, including the lack of vehicle access in forests and the difficulty of reaching targets. Ajay Marathe, a shooter in the team, mentioned the pressure from the public during rescues and the importance of maintaining the team's morale.The team believes that incidents of human-wildlife conflict are rising and calls for a strategic approach to increase the tiger population. Their goal is to protect both the forest ecosystem and local communities, emphasizing the need to address these issues simultaneously.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-14 13:58:38
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Defense News ,Europe :- On January 12, the Georgian Ministry of Defence made a fresh agreement with Mesko, a Polish defense company linked to the state-owned PGZ conglomerate. This deal focuses on getting air defense systems, although specific details are still under wraps.While the Georgian Ministry hasn't shared all the details, sources in Poland suggest that Mesko's main product in this category is the Piorun man-portable air defense system (MANPADS). The Piorun system has proven its effectiveness in intense conflicts, particularly in Ukraine.Georgia has some history with Polish-made MANPADS. In 2007, they ordered 30 launchers and 100 missiles of the Grom MANPADS from Mesko. These were delivered in 2008, just before the conflict with Russia. During the war, Georgian Armed Forces successfully used the Grom system to take down Russian aircraft and helicopters.The Piorun air defense system is an upgraded version of the Grom system, with important improvements. It has caught the attention of various countries, including the United States, Estonia, Norway, Latvia, and Moldova, who have signed contracts for this advanced weapon system. Moreover, Poland has donated some Piorun systems to Ukraine.It's worth noting that the Armed Forces of Lithuania are already using the Grom systems, showing the widespread interest and application of these defense technologies.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-14 13:48:43
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Defense News ,India :-  Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari shared exciting news on Saturday, revealing that the Indian Air Force (IAF) has successfully created more than 60,000 components internally within the last two to three years. Speaking at an event in the Bhonsala Military School in Nagpur, he emphasized the importance of self-reliance, stating that the Air Force cannot depend on foreign companies for the maintenance of its equipment.Addressing concerns about locating a lost transport aircraft in the Bay of Bengal near Chennai, the Air Chief Marshal expressed gratitude for advancements in technology that enabled deep-sea exploration. He acknowledged the Ministry of Ocean and Earth Sciences for their support in discovering the wreckage after seven and a half years, bringing closure to a long-pending sad incident.Providing insights into the indigenization of Base Repair Depots (BRDs), the IAF chief highlighted the open invitation to industries to collaborate with the Air Force. He mentioned that all BRDs and Air Force units have been made accessible for industries to contribute to the ongoing work. Stressing the need for self-sufficiency, he reinforced that the IAF has realized the significance of doing repair and maintenance activities in-house, reducing reliance on foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-14 13:44:38
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Defense News , Russia :- Russian military leaders, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, recently revealed a new and powerful weapon at a demonstration in the Moscow region. The showcased bomb, called FAB-1500-M54, comes with a cutting-edge UMPK control module specifically designed to boost its flight range and precision, guided by satellites.The UMPK-1500 module, showcased in the event, has larger wings and improved control surfaces compared to previous models. These enhancements ensure the bomb can travel longer distances without compromising its weight. Moreover, a round-shaped overhead aerodynamic fairing has been added to improve the bomb's overall performance in the air.Dating back to 1954, the FAB-1500-54 is an unguided high-explosive aerial bomb weighing 1,550 kg, with 675 kg of explosive material. It is intended for targeting industrial, urban, and port facilities when dropped from heights of up to 16,000 meters at speeds of up to 1,200 km/h. The new bomb appears to be aimed at fortifications and well-protected positions of the Ukrainian military on the front lines.While specific details about the bomb's flight range and launch parameters are currently undisclosed, it is anticipated that frontline bombers like the Su-34 and Su-24 will carry these bombs on their under-fuselage pylons.Russia started working on adapting flight control modules for 1,500-kg bombs in early 2023, and by September of the same year, there were reports of initial attempts to deploy them in battlefield situations.It's essential to highlight that Russian aerial bombs with UMPK modules have faced technical issues and failures in the past. These incidents have led to serious problems, including mistakenly dropping bombs on the Russian city of Belgorod, with initial denial and false accusations against Ukraine.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-14 06:28:21
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Defense News , Red Sea :- In the early hours of January 13, at 3:45 a.m. Sana’a time, the USS Carney (DDG 64) carried out a strike against a Houthi radar site in Yemen using advanced Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles. This action followed a previous strike on January 12, aiming to weaken the Houthi's capability to pose a threat to maritime vessels, including commercial ships.Since November 19, 2023, Houthi militants, supported by Iran, have made 28 attempts to attack and disrupt vessels in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. These unlawful incidents involved various weapons such as anti-ship ballistic missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cruise missiles.It's crucial to note that these strikes are unrelated to Operation Prosperity Guardian, a defensive coalition involving more than 20 countries. This coalition operates in the Red Sea, Bab al-Mandeb Strait, and Gulf of Aden to ensure security and protection from external threats.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-14 05:39:21
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Space News , India :- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to use Russian spacesuits instead of their own for the Gaganyaan mission, as reported by Hindustan Times.Originally, ISRO developed its own Intra Vehicular Activity (IVA) suits for astronauts through the Vikram Sarabhai Space. These suits were set to be used during the Gaganyaan mission, but recent preparations suggest a change of plans.An official document shared with Hindustan Times' Soumya Pillai stated, "To ensure the crew's safety and meet program requirements, Russian spacesuits will be included in the (Gaganyaan) mission."S Somanath, earlier this month, declared 2024 as "the year for Gaganyaan," highlighting ISRO's upcoming key tests and demonstrations related to the mission.About the ISRO Gaganyaan Mission:ISRO's Gaganyaan mission aims to showcase India's ability to conduct its first human spaceflight. The plan involves sending a crew of three members into orbit at 400km for a three-day mission, ensuring their safe return.Before the actual launch, ISRO will focus on developing critical technologies such as a human-rated launch vehicle, a Life Support System for a comfortable space environment, crew emergency escape provisions, and managing crew aspects like training and recovery.Precursor Missions:Several tests and programs are scheduled before the Gaganyaan mission, including the Integrated Air Drop Test (IADT), Pad Abort Test (PAT), and Test Vehicle (TV) flights. Unmanned missions will also be conducted to assess the safety and reliability of all systems before the manned mission takes place.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-14 05:24:26
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Technology News , World :- In the year 3023, people might have an incredible way to see how the Arizona desert looked a thousand years ago. It's all thanks to a unique project known as the Millennium Camera, an art and science initiative by Jonathon Keats, an experimental philosopher from the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts. This camera aims to capture an extraordinarily long-exposure photo, spanning a thousand years, offering future Tucson inhabitants a glimpse of what has changed and what has remained the same.To achieve this, Keats drew inspiration from the past, designing the Millennium Camera based on the ancient pinhole camera, invented around 1,000 years ago. The camera is a copper cylinder with a thin sheet of 24-karat gold on one end, featuring a tiny hole punched into it. Sunlight passes through this hole, reaching a light-sensitive surface coated with layers of rose madder, an oil paint pigment.Mounted on a steel pole and pointed toward a Tucson neighborhood, the controlled light exposure will gradually fade the pigment, creating a millennium-long exposure photo. Over the centuries, there will be noticeable movement in the frame, making future observers squint to decipher the changes. However, Keats finds charm in this, as stable elements like mountains will appear bold, while changing objects like buildings will be semi-transparent, emphasizing the impermanence of humanity.Despite the ambitious plan, uncertainties loom over the camera's fate, considering natural disasters, theft, or changes to the landscape over the next millennium. However, the Millennium Camera serves a dual purpose – not only as a time capsule for future generations but also as a present-day inspiration. Located near a hiking trail on Tumamoc Hill, the camera invites hikers to ponder the future while appreciating the present view. Keats envisions installing similar cameras in different directions in Arizona and in locations like Griffith Park in Los Angeles, China, and the Austrian Alps.Keats believes that contemplating potential future scenarios, even bleak ones, can motivate people to take action to shape a better future. So, whether or not the Millennium Camera survives its intended timeframe, it stands as a symbol encouraging us to think about the past, present, and future.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-13 16:14:10
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Defense News , Red Sea :-  In the Red Sea, the commander of France's naval forces is standing firm on the use of million-euro missiles to take down drones used by Yemen's Houthi rebels. These drones pose a serious threat to ships in the area, and the commander argues that the cost of the missiles is justified by the value of lives and assets they protect, as well as the sophistication of the danger.During patrols in December, the Languedoc frigate successfully intercepted multiple drones using Aster 15 missiles, each estimated to cost around €1 million (U.S. $1.1 million). The British Royal Navy's HMS Diamond has also employed these missiles to defend against drone attacks in the same region.Western navies face a challenge due to the increasing use of inexpensive drones on the battlefield. While their missile-based air defense systems are effective, they tend to be costly. The economic equation becomes complicated when dealing with drones that are much more affordable than the high-tech interceptors designed for countering expensive anti-ship missiles or manned aircraft, according to analysts.Vice Adm. Emmanuel Slaars addressed concerns about the missile costs in a press briefing on January 11, stating, "The cost is not just that of the missile we use, but the cost of what we protect." He emphasized that the protection of valuable assets outweighs the expense. Slaars confirmed that the Languedoc was indeed targeted in an incident in early December, and the use of MBDA's Aster 15 missiles successfully intercepted two drones coming from Yemen.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-13 16:03:36
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Defense News Taiwan :- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence (MND) closely monitored eight Chinese military planes and six naval vessels circling Taiwan between 6 am on Friday and the same time on Saturday, coinciding with the presidential election, as reported by Taiwan News.Among the eight People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft, one Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane ventured into the southwest corner of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ). Notably, no PLA aircraft crossed the Taiwan Strait median line during this period.In response, Taiwan dispatched its own aircraft and naval ships while deploying air defense missile systems to keep a close eye on the PLA activities.Since September 2020, China has been employing what is known as "grey zone tactics," gradually increasing the presence of military aircraft and naval ships around Taiwan, according to Taiwan News. These tactics involve efforts beyond typical deterrence, aiming to achieve security objectives without direct and substantial use of force.Taiwan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jaushieh Joseph Wu, issued a call on Friday for the global community to be vigilant and counter China's attempts to interfere in democratic nations' elections, as reported by a local weekly newspaper.Speaking in Taipei City during a pre-election media briefing for international journalists, Minister Wu emphasized the urgency of recognizing and preventing China's interference tactics. He warned that Taiwan serves as a testing ground for China's election intervention methods and outlined various interference strategies.Minister Wu pointed to China's reliance on a combination of military threats, political propaganda, economic coercion, and cyber and disinformation warfare. The ultimate goal is to manipulate public opinion by framing elections as choices between war, peace, and prosperity.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-13 14:30:18
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Space News ,U.S :- SpaceX is getting ready for its next exciting astronaut mission, known as Ax-3. The launch is set to happen on January 17 from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will send four people to the International Space Station (ISS).Recently, SpaceX shared some cool news: the Dragon capsule, which will transport the astronauts to and from the ISS, has just arrived at Pad 39A's hangar. SpaceX even posted pictures of the spacecraft in its new home on X.Ax-3 is the third mission to the ISS organized by Axiom Space, a company based in Houston. Similar to the two missions before it in April 2022 and May 2023, Ax-3 will use SpaceX hardware, including the Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon capsule.The crew for Ax-3 includes former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría, Italian Air Force Col. Walter Villadei (who also flew with Virgin Galactic in June 2023), Marcus Wandt of the European Space Agency, and Alper Gezeravcı, the first citizen of Turkey to reach space.López-Alegría, who now works for Axiom, will lead the mission. It's interesting to note that NASA requires every private crewed mission to the ISS to be led by a former agency astronaut. López-Alegría, a dual Spanish-American citizen, brings an unprecedented international flair to Ax-3.In September 2023, López-Alegría shared, "The Ax-3 mission will be transformational, fostering partnerships outside the ISS and positioning European nations as pioneers in the emerging commercial space industry."Ax-3 marks SpaceX's 12th astronaut mission. Aside from the two Axiom flights, Elon Musk's company has launched eight crewed missions for NASA, including the Demo-2 test flight in 2020, and the private Inspiration4 effort. All these missions visited the ISS, except for Inspiration4, where Dragon flew freely in Earth orbit.One more SpaceX mission remains at the ISS – Crew-7, a four-person crew that launched last August and is scheduled to return to Earth next month.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-13 14:22:16
 Space & Technology 

Betavolt Technology, a Chinese company, has created a groundbreaking nuclear battery that can power your phone for an incredible 50 years without needing to be charged.The small-sized atomic energy batteries, measuring just 15 x 15 x 5mm (less than a coin), are being developed by Betavolt. These compact batteries use 63 nuclear isotopes to generate 100 microwatts and 3V of electricity through a process called radioactive decay.Currently undergoing pilot testing, Betavolt aims to mass-produce these batteries for various commercial devices, including phones, drones, aerospace equipment, AI, medical devices, advanced sensors, and micro-robots. The company drew inspiration from devices like pacemakers and satellites.Betavolt has ambitious plans to enhance its technology and produce a 1-watt battery by 2025. The company claims that its development is ahead of European and American scientific research institutions and enterprises.Mini Nuclear Batteries Revolutionizing Electronics: No More Chargers Needed!This revolutionary technology has the potential to transform electronics by eliminating the need for chargers or portable power banks. Devices powered by these batteries could run continuously without the batteries degrading in terms of capacity and lifespan, as seen with traditional Li-ion batteries.The BV100, as Betavolt calls it, also promises increased safety. According to the company, these batteries won't catch fire or explode, even when punctured or exposed to high temperatures. This contrasts with some current batteries that pose safety risks when damaged.Unlimited Power for Continuous Use: Drones, Phones, Electric Cars, and More!This innovation could provide continuous power for drones, phones that never stop running, and electric cars that don't require recharging. While nuclear batteries are currently used in space exploration and other specialized applications, Betavolt's approach aims to make them more accessible and efficient.How Betavolt's Radioactive Battery Works: A Safer ApproachBetavolt scientists used nickel-63, a radioactive element, as the energy source and diamond semiconductors as energy converters. The team developed a thin single-crystal diamond semiconductor, placing a nickel-63 sheet between two diamond semiconductor converters. The decay energy of the radioactive source is then converted into an electrical current.The advantages of Betavolt's atomic energy batteries include their lightweight design, long service life, high energy density, and the ability to function under extreme temperatures from -60 to 120 degrees Celsius. The modular design allows multiple atomic batteries to be connected, providing higher energy output for various applications, including automotive technology and AI systems.Addressing Concerns: Safety FirstDespite the incredible potential, some may be hesitant due to the association of nuclear materials with disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima. Betavolt addresses these concerns, stating that the battery is safe with no external radiation. It can be used in medical devices inside the human body, such as pacemakers and cochlear implants. After decay, the nuclear isotopes become non-radioactive copper, posing no environmental threat.While this technology may sound like something out of 1950s science fiction, it has the potential to revolutionize electronics, providing unwired, always-on devices and ushering in a new era of nuclear energy use.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-13 14:16:40
 India 

Defense News ,Red Sea :- Yemeni Houthi rebels are causing trouble in the shipping world, affecting companies in the West and now reaching Indian shores. After the United States and the United Kingdom responded to Houthi attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea, companies are feeling the impact on their supply chains.The attacks began when tensions rose in the Israel-Hamas conflict in October. The Houthi rebels, supporting Hamas, started targeting merchant ships passing through Yemen to or from Egypt's Suez Canal.As a result, companies are now opting for a longer but safer route around southern Africa, increasing shipping time. Initially unaffected, Indian companies are now feeling the pinch due to the interconnected nature of global trade.Impact on India:Recent incidents in the Middle East have raised concerns for Indian shipping companies. RBB Ship Chartering, a company in ship chartering services, reports a significant rise in shipping costs. CEO Raajesh Bhojwani highlighted that the re-routing of shipping assets has tripled transportation costs.The Red Sea is a crucial route for India's trade with the US East Coast, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The Suez Canal is vital for direct passage between Europe and Asia, making the Red Sea route essential. The alternative route through Africa adds around 30 days to travel time.A variety of Indian exports, including steel, textiles, chemicals, vehicles, and agro-products, pass through the Red Sea route to reach Europe and the West.Challenges for Indian Exporters:The situation has led to a spike in insurance premiums for ships in the Red Sea, making it financially burdensome for Indian exporters. The longer route around the Cape of Good Hope increases journey time by 8-10 days, resulting in higher fuel costs. This puts Indian exporters at risk of losing competitiveness in other markets.In 2023, global trade challenges, compounded by the Middle East situation, raised concerns for India's policymakers. A report suggests that India's total exports in FY24 could decrease by $30 billion, with an anticipated drop of 6.7%.International Impact:US retailer Target experienced minor disruptions in shipments from India and Pakistan, key regions for apparel manufacturing. India's proximity to Iran, a supporter of the Houthi rebels, adds significance to its role in this tense situation.India's External Affairs Minister is expected to visit Tehran following a conversation with the US Secretary of State. The Commerce Ministry plans to strategize measures in response to the trade impact.Shipping Statistics:Clarkson Research Services Ltd. reported a 44% decrease in ships using the Suez Canal in early January. Major shipping corporations like Maersk are diverting ships around Africa, adding a week or two to voyages and increasing shipping, insurance, and fuel costs.Houthi Tactics:Houthi rebels are using drones and anti-ship missiles, even seizing an Israeli-owned ship and crew with a helicopter. Originally targeting vessels bound for or from Israel, they now threaten any vessel, including container ships and oil tankers flagged to countries like Norway and Liberia.The situation poses challenges for global trade, prompting major corporations to adapt their shipping routes and adding complexities to the already delicate balance of international commerce.

Read More → Posted on 2024-01-13 14:06:54