Ever wondered how a massive M1 Abrams tank gets from the United States to a war zone? It's quite a logistical accomplishment. They get loaded up on trucks and get taken to the rail yard. From the rail yard they hit the sea port where they are loaded onto ships, and depending on where they are headed, they may be hoisted onto landing craft and then driven onto shore as seen in the following video.
With the crack of a champagne bottle, a huge wave rises and the U.S.S. Billings launches into the sea. The Navy’s newest ship, a high-speed, incredibly maneuverable Littoral Combat Ship is finally ready to roll after a lengthy construction. The new $300 million LCS is gearing up for sea trials as it prepares for action, but it isn’t without its controversies.
Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships are designed for coastal defense functions such as mine-clearing and anti-submarine missions. The downside of these pricey ships is that they only patrol the littoral zone, coastal areas which larger ships can’t access.
“The Freedom-variant LCS plays a critical role in the U.S. Navy’s fleet, and we are committed to getting Billings and her highly capable sister ships into combatant commanders’ hands as quickly as possible.”
– Joe North (President of Littoral Ships and Systems at Lockheed-Martin)
One of the most pressing concerns about the LCS is that there are those who don’t see the need for them and that they are just wasteful spending. They are not meant to directly engage hostile threats and report in to summon bigger ships, making them seem like glorified security guards. All that speed and maneuverability comes from their aluminum frames have been criticized for weak defenses and likelihood to start an aluminum fire.
Despite all the criticisms the Littoral Combat Ship Program is moving ahead with more units on the way. Where do you stand on the issue? Do we need more high-speed coastal patrols with a $300 million price tag?
This incredible drone footage shows a hammerhead shark being reeled in by a fisherman as a group of stunned beach-goers watch on.
The man in swimwear can be seen wading around the the surf as he battles to reel in the huge creature.
Determined to get a closer look, the man eventfully clambers closer to the shore of Panama City Beach, Florida - with the shark following as he hauls in his line.
Ride along as a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Black Hawk intercepts a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 during a training exercise.
Civil Air Patrol’s Texas Wing supported U.S. Air Force air defense training for Super Bowl LI in 2017. These exercises -- Felix Hawk on Jan. 24 and Falcon Virgo on Feb. 1 – were designed to protect the airspace around NRG Stadium in Houston.
Video courtesy of Maj. Matthew Congrove, Civil Air Patrol Texas Wing
If Marvel’s Spider-Man always seemed a little too far-fetched, you’re going to have an even harder time wrapping your head around the Darwin’s Bark spider. It’s no bigger than a thumbnail, but it can shoot a web at distances of over 80 feet, allowing it to cross rivers and spin massive traps.
Only just discovered in Madagascar back in 2009, the Darwin’s Bark is somehow able to generate enough silk—which also happens to be one of the strongest natural materials ever discovered—to span distances up to 82 feet to create an anchor line it then uses to spin a giant web.
But instead of shooting the silk like Spider-Man does, the spider creates long wispy strands that are carried along by the breeze until they anchor themselves to another tree. Once secure, the Darwin’s Spark is then able to crawl along the line, reinforce it, and expand its jungle domain. How have these creatures not taken over the planet yet?
We’ve all seen the grade school science experiment where sticking a couple of electrodes into a potato produces enough current to power a small light bulb. But engineer Marek Baczynski took that experiment several steps further, building what could be the world’s first autonomous potato—and the ultimate housepet.
A single potato doesn’t generate a lot of electricity, but if you collect that slow trickle into a capacitor—a sort of battery—you get enough of a charge to power a pair of electric motors. After sitting motionless for a quarter of an hour, Marek’s upgraded potato, which he named Pontus, was able to drive in a quick short burst for just over three inches, or a top speed of around 24 feet per day. Slow, but your cat probably moves even less from sunup to sundown.
https://www.stratasysdirect.com/blog/... - Introducing metal 3D printing to the world as a viable solution for fully functional firearm prototypes. Its chamber sees pressure above 20,000 psi every time it is fired proving the material integrity provided by DMLS technology. The small components needed for the 1911 series gun proves DMLS can meet tolerances and accuracy. We're changing people's perspective about what 3D Printing can do and showing the technology is at a place where we can do this kind of thing and succeed. This technology is capable of fully functioning assemblies at full scale.
Lou Boyer, a pilot of the Boeing 747 Dreamliner from Tokyo (Japan) to Alaska (United States), ruled these surprising condensation wakes while flying over eastern Russia.That aviator watched this show about 300 meters below its own device, "a normal distance" between air traffic routes.
Awesome video featuring the US Air Force Boeing B-52 Stratofortress during maintenance, weapons loads, take off and air-refueling.Video Credit: US Air-Force ,Derivative Work by Daily Military Defense & Archive
A total of 200 excavators started on Friday demolishing the 24-year-old Longwangmiao bridge in Nanchang city, east China's Jiangxi Province. A new six-lane bridge will replace the current four-lane one. The structure is expected to be fully dismantled in 21 days.
FROM New York Post - PostThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released footage it captured of a gigantic eruption on the surface of the sun. Since events like this can affect the Earth, it's important to be able to catch them as soon as possible.
Tim Marshall, the author of "Worth Dying for: The Power and Politics of Flags" explains why American flags are reversed on military uniforms.
The reversed positioning of the flag in fact strengthens mentality of the soldiers.
Just two days after launching a Bulgarian communications satellite from Florida, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted 10 Iridium NEXT telephone relay stations into orbit Sunday after a foggy afternoon launch from California.
Despite blustery winds and high seas, the California rocket builder also was able to recover the booster's first stage with a pinpoint landing on an off-shore droneship, SpaceX's 13th successful landing in a row.
More important for Iridium, it was the second batch of 10 Iridium NEXT spacecraft successfully launched by SpaceX under contracts with the satellite telephone provider to deploy 75 of the 81 relay stations being built to replace the company's current fleet of aging first-generation spacecraft.
"Now that we're into the launch phase after more than seven years of effort, we're poised to complete the replacement transformation of our very unique network through a total of eight launches spread over a very short 18 months," Iridium CEO Matthew Desch told reporters last week.
Video shows simulated firefights between British Army vs Canadian army during a close face to face mock battle between British and Canadian Soldiers during simulated combat training booth nations took place in. Video shows booth Canadian army soldiers and British army soldiers in action.
An amazing moment was caught on mobile phone video when a giant hulk of a man went beast mode on a bunch of Somali refugees who were picking fights with revelers in Australia.
There have been several reports stating that the man doing the damage is the YouTube star and body builder, The Golden One.
The reports state The Golden One has been on vacation there but hasn't made a YouTube video about the incident because he doesn't want more attention drawn to it as it may get him in legal trouble. He is from Sweden and talks about the migrant crisis and the issues facing his homeland.
We can not confirm this is indeed The Golden One, these are just Internet rumors at this point. Either way, that's one epic badass.