Weekly Tech Roundup | Oct 18, 2019

Weekly tech roundup: military technology edition

Federal laboratories support both the military and the economy by allowing what is called “dual-use” technology to be licensed by private businesses that can turn them into commercial products.

Commercialized, dual-use products can often be transitioned back to the military to strengthen our nation’s defense.

This week’s featured military technologies are currently available via a license agreement so they can be commercialized.

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Wireless power and data transfer system for unmanned vehicles

Navy scientists recently invented a system that allows for wireless power and data transfer between unmanned vehicles.

Although the system is configured to work in an underwater environment, it can also operate in a land-based or air-based environment.

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Shipboard laser mount

The Navy has invented a mounting platform for securing a laser to a bulkhead for overhead measurements that are used to precisely align a radar system for optimal performance.

The new mount provides an improved alternative to using a tripod to hold the laser during the creation of 3D computer renderings of the radar’s physical location.

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Free space optical headset with integrated hearing protection

An Air Force scientist developed a headset for instances where radio-frequency communications would be hazardous, time-consuming, or interfere with operations.

This new system includes integrated hearing protection and communications modules that utilize free-space optics.

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Mortise lock adapter for thick metal doors

A physical security specialist at the Department of Defense Lock Program has invented an adapter that allows the addition of a mortise lock to thick metal doors, sliding or swinging.

This adapter provides a timely and cost-efficient solution using advanced materials and engineering designs for securing and hardening mission-critical facilities, including safes, vaults, and ammunition magazines.

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Lightweight cartridge case

An Army scientist recently engineered a lightweight cartridge case.

The novel ammunition cartridge case includes a stainless steel sleeve and base and a fiber-reinforced polymer composite annulus within the base.

The material enables a person to carry more ammunition per weight unit as well as providing corrosion resistance over current materials.

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Thor Power Pod

Navy researchers invented an auxiliary power generator for fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles.

Known as the Thor Power Pod, the tube-shaped generator attaches to the airframe and can power electronic warfare, lasers, or other devices for military or commercial payloads that would otherwise drain onboard batteries and decrease flight time.

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