Military Transformers: 20 Innovative Defense TechnologiesDepartment of Defense technologies under development, from brainy microchips to battlefield transformer vehicles, promise to make the U.S. military more nimble. Here's a visual tour of 20 breakthrough ideas.
14 of 20
The X-56A Multi-Use Technology Testbed (MUTT) is a prototype unmanned aircraft made of lightweight, flexible materials that's being developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory in collaboration with Lockheed Martin. Its long, thin wings (28 feet across) are susceptible to vibrations, or flutter, that results from air flow and turbulence. Engineers plan to use MUTT's flight-control software to find ways to minimize flutter. That knowledge will inform the design of the proposed X-54 aircraft, which is intended to demonstrate technologies that muffle sonic booms, potentially opening the door to supersonic commercial flights over the United States.
Top 10 Open Government Websites
U.S. Military Robots Of The Future: Visual Tour
NASA's Next Mission: Deep Space
NASA's Blue Marble: 40 Years Of Earth Images
DOD Mobile App Eases Transition To Civilian Life
Army Aids Wounded Warriors With Mobile App
Army Eyes Monitoring Tools To Stop Wikileaks Repeat
10 Lessons From Leading Government CIOs
14 Cool Mobile Apps From Uncle Sam
11 Epic Technology Disasters
14 of 20