Long ago, in the midst of my misspent youth, I recall overhearing my parents, and the parents of my friends, debating heatedly whether "the kids" should be allowed to see the new movie Aliens, and whether it was age-appropriate for us. Today, after scanning an article in Forbes, I'm reminded of that debate -- and wonder if Defense Secretary Robert Gates should have ever let his generals watch The Transformers.
Prompted by news that Google
This week, DARPA, the research and development arm of the Department of Defense, announced that it has tapped Lockheed Martin
I kid you not
For now, DARPA's still in the tinkering-around phase of the project, doling out pocket money as its contractors try to prove the concept. Lockheed and AAI will each receive $3 million for their parts of the project. Carnegie's success with the Humvee back in 2005 won it a $1 million grant, and another million goes to United Technologies
If successful, what we'll wind up with is a pilot project to build a winged robotic Humvee, one that can take off from four wheels on the ground, fly 250 miles, then land and tool around on the ground once more. And because it's robotic, there will be no need to cast Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox in this movie, leaving more room in the cab for troops and supplies.
A brave new world
All we need now is to get Boeing
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