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The US Navy launched a missile from a ghost ship. Wait, what?
The uncrewed ship is called the USV Ranger, and it's part of the Ghost Fleet Overlord program.
Singapore’s new robot cops will focus on small-time crime
Machines like these, called Xavier, may ultimately just be mobile extensions of surveillance systems.
Russia wants to launch little drones off of other drones off of ships
The concept, from a Russian equivalent to DARPA, involves flying machines acting like airborne runways for other drones that can then conduct surveillance.
Check out the futuristic turrets US tanks might sport
Armored vehicles could someday have more powerful guns, plus German-engineered turrets that can automatically track targets.
The Barracuda puts a wild spin on aircraft design
This fascinating tilt-rotor is one of many contenders to carry out missions such as rescuing downed Air Force pilots.
This space-based weapon remains in the dark—for now
The US was reportedly going to reveal the existence of a weapon in orbit. Here's why that's a bad idea.
These machines were supposed to help win the war in Afghanistan. What happened?
In 2002, PopSci explored the tech the US was deploying in the conflict's early days. Here's what to know about these airborne tools of war, past and present.
This cutting-edge drone is headed out to pasture at an Air Force museum
The Valkyrie is a fancy drone designed to escort a fighter jet. It only flew a few times.
The military wants their robots to be better listeners
Getting soliders and bots to work together more seamlessly involves giving the machines more autonomy, and eventually having them understand natural language.
Bell wants to soup up tilt-rotor aircraft by adding jet engines
The newest concepts from Bell are machines that can take off and land like helicopters—and then zoom at jet-like speeds.