They have designed a 400ft (122m) long “lighter-than-air” hybrid vehicle for the US Army, in a contract worth half a billion pounds. The LEMV, a first-of-its-kind airship, took to the sky on the 7th August 2012 at 6:49 p.m. Eastern Time and flew for more than 90 minutes over Lakehurst Naval Air Station.
* Operating at 20,000 feet (6,096 meters) above sea level
* With a 21-day on-station availability
* a 2,000 mile radius of action and is
* Runway independent
These hybrid airships have up to
* 40% Aerodynamic Lift
* 25% Vectored Thrust Lift
* 60% Buoyant Lift
Provides zero energy lift for long-endurance flight
Last year, Nextbigfuture covered a plan to buy around 45 new civilian hybrid air vehicles from this same company by a Canadian customer. These aircraft will be used across Read more…
Hundreds of people across the UK witnessed bright objects shooting across the night sky on 21 September.
Sightings of huge fireballs, thought to be a meteor shower, were reported in northern England, central Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Witnesses described seeing a bright fireball shooting across the sky with a large bright tail.
Many people took to Twitter to post photos, videos and comments on the sightings.
The UK Met Office tweeted, “Hi all, for anyone seeing something in the night sky, we believe it was a meteorite”, while some speculated that it could be space junk burning up in the atmosphere.
The Kielder Observatory in Northumberland also reported sighting huge fireballs streaking from east to west at 9:41pm. It reported nearly 100 bright fragments shooting across the sky.
“Many many fragments maybe in Read more…
MessageToEagle.com – Coronal cavities are voids in coronal emission often observed above high latitude filament channels.
Sometimes, these cavities have areas of bright X-ray emission in their centers.
Now, NASA scientists focus on this mysterious phenomenon because it seems to be strongly related to dangerous coronal mass ejections (CMEs).
And CMEs, scientists have to worry about.
Click on image to enlargeThe faint oval hovering above the upper left limb of the sun in this picture is known as a coronal cavity. NASA’s Solar and Read more…
In (Northern Ontario Canada) My radio was picking up some kind of frequency on every channel I went on 14/05/2012 from 10:00PM – It went on for hours… I was at my camp in the middle of the woods with nothing to interfere with my radio… What ever it was, it was powerful enough to take over every FM signal… H.A.A.R.P maybe? (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program)
Tampa — You might not guess that Indonesia, a large country that’s basically an archipelago of over 70,000 islands that has infrastructure issues in electricity and limited bandwidth, is the nation rolling out the world’s most ambitious biometrics-based national identity card project for its citizens. But it is.
Indonesia is spending $600 million on a project to give 172 million residents a national identity card that will be used for a wide range of purposes, including proving identity for voter registration, passport issuance, tax and financial matters, and much more. This electronic national identity card , called the e-KTP, is a government effort to get millions of citizens to enroll at registration centers where their fingerprint, iris and face are captured as images through biometric equipment and personal information stored as a record associated with each electronic identity card. According to Dr. Husni Fahmi, who heads up the e-KTP project in Indonesia, the hope is all will be in place before the next election in 2014.
“It’s a national ID and Read more…
Mystery: Declassified Document Shows the U.S. ‘Stockpiling’ a Secret Weapon in 1981, But What Is It?
A document declassified in the last few years is getting now attention for showing that the National Security Council under former President Ronald Reagan authorized stockpiling of a certain weapon. One item in the memo that was not declassified though is just what weapon the National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 7 was allowed to load up on.
The Federation of American Scientists is bringing attention to this document called “Production of [Deleted] Weapons, 1981,” which was partially declassified in 2008, and even offers some speculation as to what would fit into the brackets.
The document itself states:
“The production and stockpiling of [deleted] weapons is authorized with stockpiling being restricted to the United States [deleted].” Read more…
The Department of Homeland Security has purchased 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition- that is not a typo — during the last six months. This includes 450 millionrounds of .40 hollow point, 200 million rounds of .223 rifle ammunition, and 176,000 rounds of .308 168-grain hollow point boat tail (HPBT) that is used almost exclusively as ammo for sniper rifles.
From beforeitsnews.com we read:
Why is everyone all up in arms about the recent purchase by Homeland security of 1.4 Billion rounds of ammunition?
Our undeclared Foreign War in Iraq Consumes about 70,000,000 (70 Million) Rounds of Ammunition Each Year, which would take about 20 years to consume 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition ordered by the Department of Homeland Security alone, not including all the ammunition ordered by the weather service, Social Security, etc! 20 Years To Use All 1.4 Billion Rounds Of This Ammo?
Is the Department of Homeland security to protect us from foreign terrorists, or to protect the central government from the American people?
Read the entire chilling article. Avoid any political discussions about Read more…
The United Nations Small Arms Treaty passed in its second session. The Media was silent over its passage.
Concluding its two-week session today, the second United Nations conference to review the 2001 Programme of Action on trafficking in small arms and light weapons adopted a consensus outcome document that highlighted the international community’s renewed commitment to preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade.
The document’s adoption represented a major achievement for delegations, who had failed to agree on a final outcome at the first review conference, held in 2006. “We accomplished something great today,” said U. Joy Ogwu ( Nigeria), President of the Conference, formally known as the United Nations Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects.
According to the text, Member States renewed their pledge to rid the world of Read more…
BANDUNG, Indonesia — Three active volcanoes in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi and another one in North Maluku are rumbling due to the impacts of the recent major earthquake in the neighbouring Philippines, the head of the Vulcanology and Disaster Mitigation Agency, Surono, said Thursday.
“All four volcanoes are on alert status now,” Surono said in Bandung.
The three rumbling mountains in North Sulawesi are Mount Soputan in Southeast Minahasa, Mt. Lokon in Tomohon and Mt. Karangetang in the northern part of North Sulawesi, while Mt. Gamalama in Ternate Island grumbled in North Maluku.
Surono explained that the four volcanoes, which were located in one area, had rising levels of activity due to the impact of the Philippine earthquake.
Ash spewed from Mt. Soputan, for example, has been blown by the wind to Bitung. The volcanic ash was released by a volcanic explosion early on Tuesday morning, Surono said. “The explosion on the mountain took place until 2 a.m.,” he added.
The eruption could be heard up to 40 kilometres away. Observers now could not see or Read more…
Are you aware of what your child is interacting with? Are you aware of how video games may be affecting your child subconsciously? Too much time on video games and the type of content will affect your child whether you like it or not. Video games holds a big source of debate with some being positive but most is negative. I am not out to ban video games, however, it is critical that parents monitor what their children are doing, watching, and interacting with. Check out this info-graphic below and you will be amazed by its findings….Feel free to tell me what you think.