US Air Force Wants to Put Lasers on Fighter Jets By 2021

The US Air Force’s scientific research wing is giving Lockheed Martin $26.3 million “for the design, development, and production of a high power fibre laser,” which it expects to start testing on a tactical fighter jet in four years. Sounds cool and certainly futuristic, but the jury’s still out on whether these weapons have any real tactical value. Read More >>

Lockheed Martin Has a Laser For the US Army

While everyone complains about the fact that they don’t have a jetpack or a flying car yet, the US military has patiently waited for its killer laser beams. Lockheed Martin says that it will hand off exactly that to the Army in the next few months. Read More >>

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Timelapse Shows Complete Disassembly of a U-2 Dragon Lady Spy Plane

Here is exclusive footage showing how technicians disassemble an entire U-2 spy plane for inspection. It’s a remarkable feat because every part of the plane gets inspected and repaired or replaced if necessary. Read More >>

What is the F-35B and Why is the UK Buying It?

Over the past few years, the F-35 Lightning II – the fifth-generation, Lockheed Martin wunder-plane set to eventually take over from almost every fighter jet in the US and UK militaries – has received a public relations kicking. It’s expensive – the total cost for the programme so far is an incredible, not-even-hyperbolic trillion dollars. It’s had some embarrassing technical stumbles – engine fires, a non-functioning cannon and a half-million dollar helmet that fits comfortably in the cockpit or on a pilot’s head (but reportedly not both). And while it’s designed as a multirole, do-everything plane that will see the West through the next three decades of air combat, critics have been queuing up at the online pulpit to explain why it’s not as capable in each mission role as the plane it’s supposed to be retiring. Though they’re usually not that polite about it. Read More >>

An Inside Look at the Construction of NASA’s Next Mission to Mars

Preparations for NASA’s next mission to Mars are kicking into high gear. And the technology the space agency is building for the Martian lander slated to launch in 2016 is enough to make science fiction fans foam at the mouth. Read More >>

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Shock Diamonds Are a Pilot’s Best Friend

This recently published photo of an F-35B going supersonic during twilight testing is stunning. The blue-hour moment, the burning colors of the setting sun, the ragged high altitude clouds — and the afterburner, with about ten shock diamonds. Magical. [Lockheed Martin] Read More >>

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The £268,000 F-35 Pilot Helmet Can See Through the Pilot’s Aircraft

This is one of the priciest pieces of pilots’ head gear ever constructed. The F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS), with the tremendous price tag of $400,000/£268,119, is so advanced that it lets pilots see through their own airframe. Read More >>

This T-Rex Fossil is the First Dinosaur Ever to Fly to Space

Lockheed Martin has published a surprising list of all the stuff that flew to space in the first Orion test. You are looking at one of the items above: a Tyrannosaurus Rex's tooth fossil sent by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Read More >>

This May be the Future of Heavy Work, and it Looks Incredible

Lockheed Martin's Fortis exoskeleton, introduced in 2014, allows any worker to handle heavy hand tools while standing or kneeling. And it looks like the future. Read More >>

Quadcopter and Unmanned Helicopter Combo is Great at Fighting Fire

Forest fires are a persistent problem in countries like the US and Australia, and their best line of defence is still all too often just men on the ground with JCB diggers. But combining a remotely-piloted quadcopter with Kaman's unmanned K-Max helicopter could make for a fearsome alternative. Read More >>

Lockheed Martin’s New Fusion Reactor Might Change Humanity Forever

This is the interior of an invention that could change civilisation as we know it: A compact fusion reactor developed by Skunk Works, the stealthy experimental technology division of Lockheed Martin. It is the size of a jet engine, power aeroplanes, spaceships, and cities—and they say it will be operative in only 10 years. Read More >>

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This Passive Exoskeleton Makes 36 lbs Feel Like Nothing

You all remember the TALOS, right? That big cybernetic exosuit designed to boost the physical abilities of its wearer? This is its unpowered cousin and, while it won't turn you into Captain America (regardless of how awesome that would be), it is already revolutionising how America's Navy builds its battleships. Read More >>

First Satellite to Capture High-Res Public Images is Ready for Launch

In mid-June, the US government relaxed its previously strict rules on high-definition satellite imaging, allowing mapping services like Google Maps to scale up to a higher resolution. DigitalGlobe led the charge in changing the US ruling in part because of its upcoming Worldview-3 satellite, which will provide the first public high-resolution photos of our planet. Read More >>

A Chinese Exec Living in Canada Hacked and Sold Secret Warplane Data

The US Department of Justice is charging a Chinese executive living in Canada with stealing sensitive data about US warplanes and selling it on. Read More >>