India Launched its First Reusable Space Shuttle Today

While highly popular space agencies in Europe and the USA continue to figure out ways to develop reusable space shuttle technology, India has quietly developed and launched its own prototype today morning. India...

A Sunrise Peppered With Drones

When I started work on this story at the close of 2015, the USA’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was voicing serious concerns about the number of drones expected to be bought...

Directed Energy Weapons: Particle Beam Weapons

This articles focuses on new class of weapons known as directed energy weapons (DEWs) along with with the exception of particle beam weapons (PBWs) and laser-induced plasma channel (LIPC) weapons that...

Precision-Guided Munitions: Guidance Techniques (Part 1 of 4)

Precision has always been one of the five most important attributes of a weapon, with operational range, striking power, volume of fire and portability being the other four. The state-of-the-art precision-guided...

Directed Energy Weapons: High-Energy Laser Weapons

Development of high-energy lasers with military potential is leading to the production of beam weapons that transfer coherent light energy to the intended target to cause structural damage. In the coming...

Directed Energy Weapons: Less-Lethal Laser Weapons

Under directed energy weapons, so far we have covered particle beam weapons and high-power microwaves. Let us now take a look at some less-lethal laser weapons. Directed energy laser systems are generally...

IRNSS: India’s Attempt At Gaining Independence From GPS

“Indian Regional Navigation Spacecraft System (IRNSS) is the Indian navigation system that envisages the establishment of the regional navigation system using a combination of geostationary orbit (GEO) and geosynchronous orbit (GSO)...

How To Build A Quadcopter?

Quadcopters are becoming more widespread because they are incredibly stable, fast and fun to fly. Newer technologies have allowed development of smaller and cheaper quads with vast capabilities. While some quadcopters...

Precision-Guided Munitions: Laser-Guided Munitions (Part 2 of 4)

Laser-guided munitions are the most widely exploited electro-optically-guided precision-strike munitions on various land based, sea based and airborne military platforms, such as main battle tanks, armoured fighting vehicles, ships, fighter aircrafts...

Precision-Guided Munitions: Infra-Red-Guided Weapons (Part 3 of 4)

Dr Anil Kumar Maini is former director, Laser Science and Technology Centre, a premier laser and optoelectronics research and development laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation of Ministry of Defence Nakul...

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