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« Reply #9420 on: Nov 11th, 2013, 08:21am »

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This Drone Can Fly, Swim, Drive, and Hop Its Way Through a Mission

By Allen McDuffee
11.11.13
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The Sandia Multi-Modal Vehicle Concept. Image: Sandia National Laboratory



The future of military drones isn’t surveillance and dropping bombs. It’s transformation: a single unmanned vehicle that can fly, swim, drive, and even hop like a frog across a variety of terrains and obstacles.

Conceived by the Intelligent Systems, Robotics and Cybernetics unit at Sandia National Laboratory, the “Multi-Modal Vehicle Concept” would travel land, sea, and air by transforming itself to accommodate different terrains. Its wings become fins as it dives into water, or underwater paddles that shed casings to reveal wheels as it moves toward land — wheels with the ability to jump 30 feet into the air. An entire campaign could be conducted by a remote operator or, more likely, semi-autonomously.

As it stands now, carrying out a similar mission would require coordinating a team of unmanned aerial, undersea, and ground vehicles made by different manufacturers with different communications systems. It would take careful planning to make sure all vehicles are in place at the right time. But Sandia says that because the Multi-Modal Vehicle is designed modularly and works off one interface, it won’t be subject to those same hang-ups, and that it can adapt mid-mission as conditions change.

“The real value added [of the Multi-Modal Vehicle] is that it allows maximum flexibility in highly complex missions without the concern over whether or not all of the vehicles are positioned just right,” said Jon Salton, a Sandia engineer working on the project.

Sandia has such high aspirations for the Multi-Modal Vehicle that they say it might eventually be able to carry out missions usually reserved for Special Operations forces.

“[Multi-Modal Vehicle] should be at least be able to substantially enhance the capabilities of Special Ops,” said Salton.

Thus far, Sandia has built and conducted limited testing on conceptual hardware, designating it a “mature concept.” Next on the list is to secure funding for the prototype and approach industry partners to turn the concept into reality.

Multi-Modal Vehicle does have its limitations. Because it sheds parts and material as it transforms from one mode to another, recovery is almost impossible — making every mission an expensive one-way trip.

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« Reply #9421 on: Nov 11th, 2013, 2:37pm »

More and more ways to kill more and more people at greater and greater distances. Without even getting blood on ones hands.

Is this the best use of technology ?

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« Reply #9422 on: Nov 11th, 2013, 3:20pm »

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JUST TO ADD ONE MINOR OVERTONE TO YOUR POINT...YA THINK AN OBSERVATION/RECOGNITION OF AN..."U.S.O."...INFLUENCED THE R&D DEVELOPMENT OF SAME?...
NAHHH...NO WAY...THOSE THINGS DON'T EXIST cool

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« Reply #9423 on: Nov 11th, 2013, 6:20pm »

Good thought Hal..oh..that IP was Tomis...sorry ole chap...its hard reading the font its fixed and teeny weeny small ..

Do ya think the world hates us?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k68N_C46lx4

When did Obama find out about the scandals and how would the brits handle theirs...Must See

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« Reply #9424 on: Nov 12th, 2013, 01:08am »

Perhaps the remaining equine familes can get some closure..it was 100 percent beefy horsemeat ..there was no mixing with the porcine and aviary flocks..no cross contamination whatsover..
Brits can rest easy now..but it was the French and those shameless Irish...so much more friends.. undecided

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/feb/09/aldi-100-percent-horsemeat-beef-products

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The environment secretary is due to meet the Food Standards Agency, food suppliers and retailers on Saturday to discuss the horsemeat scandal after Aldi became the latest supermarket to confirm its withdrawn beef products contained up to 100% horsemeat.

Owen Paterson said it was unacceptable that consumers were mis-sold products, but that the problems originated overseas.

"We believe that the two particular cases of the frozen burgers from Tesco and the lasagne from Findus are linked to suppliers in Ireland and France respectively. We and the Food Standards Agency are working closely with the authorities in these countries, as well as with Europol, to get to the root of the problem," he said.

Paterson said he believed the food was safe but urged consumers to return products to the retailers. "The French authorities are saying they are viewing the issue as a case of fraud rather than food safety. Anyone who has these products in their freezer should return them to retailers as a precaution.".

Findus denied reports that the company first knew there was horsemeat in its products last year.

"Findus want to be absolutely explicit that they were not aware of any issue of contamination with horsemeat last year," it said in a statement. "They were only made aware of a possible August 2012 date through a letter dated 2 February 2013 from the supplier Comigel. By then Findus was already conducting a full supply chain traceability review and had pro-actively initiated DNA testing."

The Metropolitan police said in a statement it was not carrying out a criminal investigation. "Although we have met with the FSA we have not started an investigation and will not do so unless it becomes clear there has been any criminality under the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan police service."

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« Reply #9425 on: Nov 12th, 2013, 02:12am »

There should be a police investigation in to this, what they are not telling you is most of the so called beef is from a scam where people who for some reason cannot keep their pet horse due to cost or illness etc try to find a home for them and advertise the horse free to a good home. Sounds ok until you investigate and find the good home is actually gathering a herd to be shipped of to France or Ireland for slaughter. Now a lot would say nothing wrong in that as its good business sense, free beef and the only cost is the few weeks making up the herd and transporting them. Now those eating that beef have two problems, one is the moral issue as your eating someone’s pet that they believe is living happily in a new home, the second is you are eating meat that has no history so you do not know what drugs etc it has had or illnesses so I would think very carefully about buying such foods that contain meat and if you do want to eat meat then buy fresh direct from your local butcher.
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« Reply #9426 on: Nov 12th, 2013, 04:56am »

ZETAR,

MAYBE THE SIGHTINGS WERE THE EARLY R&D .

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« Reply #9427 on: Nov 12th, 2013, 05:21am »

Sys,

...Do ya think the world hates us?..

Not all of it. smiley

But most of the world does seem to be getting more and more worried about the continual developement of more and more long range 'sinister' weapons. These are not defence weapons.

It isn't the American people per se that the world doesn't trust any more (if it ever did) it is the actions of the hawks and the people who insist on doing things such as the NSA have been caught doing; and the scale of it.

Maybe Tomi01uk summed it up with her remarks about the US being spoiled and becoming more insular. My own point about it never having had to suffer massive devestation in the form of warfare on it's home ground is part of the same thing. On becomes very wary about getting involved in major conflagrations when you have just finished rebuilding after the last one. I doubt that the US will ever have to do it now. Those two big oceans come in very usefull.

It helps if people travel. Gives more perspective.

Take the song 'route 66'.

..It winds from Chicargo to LA, more than 2000 miles along the way'.

The point here being all that 2000 miles is inside America with the same language and the same currency.
In 1982 I drove from Baghdad to the UK, around three thousand miles. I went through eight countries, eight currencies (pre Euro) and six or seven different languages. All in four days.
Trips like that make you see things a little differently.

Last week I followed a VW campervan through town. It had American licence plates and carried stickers in the rear windows stating California Kustom Club.

Now, those folks were a long way from home. Kudos.

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« Reply #9428 on: Nov 12th, 2013, 05:27am »

Sys,

I'm off to the shops. including ALDI. Can I get you anything whilst I'm there ? A nice lasangne perhaps.
Or I can send the other ingredients via Pony Express and you can make up a fresh one.

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.. beefy horsemeat .. The word you're looking for is bovine smiley
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« Reply #9429 on: Nov 12th, 2013, 06:16am »

HAlL HAL,

INDEED...BOVINE...WELL LET'S NUDGE TO AN APT DESCRIPTION (HORSE BEEF) LATHERED WITH A HEAVY DOSE OF EPINEPHRIN...YUMMY...MIGHT HELP VICTIMS WITH LOW BLOOD PRESSURE...BUT CONSIDER THE CONVERSE OF THE AFOREMENTIONED...
MAY I SUGGEST SOME...TEXAS BEEF!!! grin

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« Reply #9430 on: Nov 12th, 2013, 07:27am »

on Nov 11th, 2013, 06:28am, ZETAR wrote:
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I WAS GOING TO SAY GOODMORNING TO YOU AS WELL...AND TOMI...BUT...IT'S AFTER LUNCH IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS SO...GOOD'FORMIDHAE grin

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This planet seems to have us going in circles, day and night, year round!! Purely by accident your post reaches me just past mid day, so: a very good afternoon to you ZETAR, and to your as well, Crystal!

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« Reply #9431 on: Nov 12th, 2013, 08:14am »

STILL DANCING TO THAT ...COINCIDENCE...TUNE...AND A ONE AND A TWO grin
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I DO SEE YOUR POINT...MUST HAVE TAKEN A DETOUR THROUGH....REDMOND!...ALAS...
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« Reply #9432 on: Nov 12th, 2013, 08:21am »

Hey ya'll! Good morning,

Glad you liked that photo Purr cheesy

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« Reply #9433 on: Nov 12th, 2013, 08:24am »

Der Spiegel

Spy-Proofing: Deutsche Telekom Pushes for All-German Internet

By Frank Dohmen and Gerald Traufetter
November 12, 2013

Even before it emerged that the National Security Agency had wiretapped her mobile phone, German ChancellorAngela Merkel was calling for the Internet to have something like Airbus -- a joint European initiative able to compete with the dominance of American and Chinese high-tech companies, just as Airbus does with the US aerospace giant Boeing.

Currently, the global market for software and online services is firmly in American hands. What's more, American corporations, such as Google, are subject to the Patriot Act, which requires them to allow American intelligence agencies access to their data centers.

On the other hand, the equipment that directs traffic on the Internet often comes from China -- for example, routers made by Huawei. "No one can be certain that there isn't spying technology built in there as well," warns Norbert Pohlmann, chair of the IT Security Association Germany (TeleTrust).

The new plan would foster more than just German IT start-ups. The simple message politicians and businesses are selling to the general public is that, in the best-case scenario, data shouldn't leave its home country at all, so as not to be susceptible to monitoring or interception by foreign powers.

However, at the moment, only around 40 percent of German Internet traffic is conducted between domestic computers. The infrastructure for this traffic is provided by German telecommunication companies such as 1&1 and Deutsche Telekom. But some Internet service providers also use American providers, such as Level 3 Communications, for data transfer. That means that even if the actual bits never leave Germany's borders, the NSA could still access them, although the company vehemently denies this. "Around 30 percent of domestic German Internet traffic is susceptible to surveillance," Pohlmann estimates.

Deutsche Telekom wants to change this state of affairs by building a purely German Internet, with data packets only sent via German pathways if the sender and recipient are both within the country.

Keeping Data Completely Inside Germany

The company is hard at work on technical solutions for such an "Internetz" -- a hybrid of "Internet" and the German word for "network." Managers at Deutsche Telekom say they are in talks with various network operators, looking to bring them onboard with this idea of a unified German solution and to set prices for shared use of the necessary infrastructure.

The technical investment required for the project appears to be less than initially believed, with the main task being to adapt software to the new system. Deutsche Telekom technicians now believe they may even be able to create a network for the whole of the Schengen zone, allowing the 26 countries in this area without border controls to securely exchange data among themselves. The United Kingdom, however, which works closely with the NSA, would not be part of the network.

Deutsche Telekom hopes the German government will pass the laws needed to provide a sound legal foundation for the project as well as to implement it more quickly. Without that legal framework, the company says, there is a risk that competitors or users might file lawsuits claiming discrimination or the curtailment of data traffic.

Critics, however, accuse the company of concocting nothing more than an advertising stunt. The point of a German-only Internet becomes moot, they say, the moment a customer uses services, such as Google, that transfer their data traffic using foreign infrastructure and thereby renders it subject to the laws of those countries.

Translated from the German by Ella Ornstein

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/deutsche-telekom-pushes-all-german-internet-safe-from-spying-a-933013.html

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« Reply #9434 on: Nov 12th, 2013, 08:33am »

CRYSTAL,

I CAN SET MY CLOCK BY YOUR EFFORTS!!!

ONE MUST GIVE THANKS FOR EACH AND EVERY DAY WE HAVE...

BUENOS DIAS....

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