In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.
Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.
For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of the Pentagon’s C Ring, deep within the building’s maze.
The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down in 2012. But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence. For the past five years, they say, officials with the program have continued to investigate episodes brought to them by service members, while also carrying out their other Defense Department duties.
The shadowy program — parts of it remain classified — began in 2007, and initially it was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who was the Senate majority leader at the time and who has long had an interest in space phenomena. Most of the money went to an aerospace research company run by a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Mr. Reid’s, Robert Bigelow, who is currently working with NASA to produce expandable craft for humans to use in space.
On CBS’s “60 Minutes” in May, Mr. Bigelow said he was “absolutely convinced” that aliens exist and that U.F.O.s have visited Earth.
Autonomous technology for the Marine Corps has taken a major step forward, as officials at the Office of Naval Research announces a successful final helicopter flight demonstration of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program. AACUS is a partnership between Office of Naval Research and Aurora Flight Sciences.
UH-1 Huey helicopter equipped with AACUS sensor suite will enables the Marine Corps to rapidly resupply forces on the front lines. The system consists of a sensor and software package that can be integrated into any manned or unmanned rotary-wing aircraft to detect and avoid obstacles (like telephone wires, other vehicles or large ground objects) in unfavorable weather conditions, or to facilitate autonomous, unmanned flight.
This is the moment Santa came to the rescue when a woman took a nasty tumble on the pavement - banging her head and flinging her shopping across the road.
Luckily Father Christmas was driving past the scene in Watford and leapt out of his car to help - as dashcam footage showed.
The video shows the car in front skidding to a halt next to the woman who was lying on her back, unable to get up.
Despite the icy conditions he dashes across the road - just about managing to keep himself from falling too.
He tries to pick her up but she falls down again, unable to get a grip on the icy pavement.
But eventually he lifts her to her feet.
Luckily, apart from a few bruises, it appears the woman was fine as she grabbed her shopping trolley which had also toppled over in the process.
The man then picks up her shopping off the road and puts it back into the bag. He even manages to put the lady's woolly hat back on her head.
After this good deed this man will be on Santa's nice list for sure.
Video of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor during F-22 takeoffs, F-22 formation flight & F-22 Raptor aerial refueling.
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Incredible footage of fire retardant being dropped on my Dad's house during the Liberty Fire in Murrieta Ca.
Entertaining imagery to entertain you.
Well, we’re definitely creating the agents of our own destruction. Take a look at this terrifying, Korean-built mechanical warrior.
Archaeologists say the tombs date back some 3,500 years to the famous Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt
Two tombs dating back 3,500 years to the famous Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt have been discovered in the country's south.
Archaeologists found one tomb with five entrances leading to a rectangular hall, and another with a six-metre burial shaft leading to four side chambers.
Work is now being done to restore items found in each tomb, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said.
Be it the fastest land animal or the fastest roller coaster these things will blow you away.
When asked by his friends to do a normal run for charity, stuntman Antony Britton had a much bolder idea: do a run while on fire.
As a result the Brit, supported by Stannage Stunt Team, has now broken the records for the Fastest 100 m sprint (full body burn, without oxygen) and Longest distance run full-body burn (without oxygen) in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
In front of an excited crowd at Huddersfield Rugby Union Football Club, Antony's 100 metre sprint took just 24.58 seconds, securing him his first record, before going on to run a total of 204.23 metres to take the crown for the longest run as well.
Breathtaking footage shows astronauts diving headfirst into space hundreds of miles above the earth.
The stunning clip was posted on Twitter by astronaut Randy Bresnik, who wrote: "Diving head-first into the vastness of space. How spectacular is that view?"
The GoPro video shows Bresnik and engineer Joe Acaba stepping out of the International Space Station as they look down on the planet below.
The duo carried out a spacewalk lasting more than six hours, during which time they installed new cameras and carried out maintenance work on robotic arms.
Artificial intelligence can soon create a false reality indistinguishable from the real one, suggests new advancements in graphics manipulation which serves as a warning to humanity.
Graphics firm Nvidia recently released results of its “image-to-image translation” which can take an outdoors photo taken in the winter and transform it into the same scene, but in the summer – with indistinguishable results.
“We… present high-quality image translation results on various challenging unsupervised image translation tasks, including street scene image translation, animal image translation, and face image translation,” Nvidia revealed. “We also apply the proposed framework to domain adaptation and achieve state-of-the-art performance on benchmark datasets.”
The technology, however, isn’t just limited to photography:
Santa Throws 1,000 $1 Bills From Mall Of America Balcony!
It’s not exactly a surprise, but Lamborghini has finally revealed its Urus SUV. The Italian super car brand has decided it needs to re-join the SUV revolution with a beastly 641 horsepower four-door.
The new Urus is sharing some of its underpinnings with the Porsche Cayenne, though Lambo has extensively modified things here. The deep modifications are readily evident by just looking at this SUV. With a two-thirds sheet metal to one-third glass ratio, the Urus looks the Lambo part. It’s low and menacing to look at and seems to successfully walk the line between Lambo and SUV.
What is all Lambo here is the power it is packing. Thanks to a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, the Urus generates a staggering 641 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. This power will funnel through an electro-hydraulic eight-speed automatic transmission and a torque converter to aid in the engine power. Power will then get sent to all four wheels via an all-wheel-drive system that defaults 40 percent to the front and 60 percent to the rear. The system will be able to send up to 70 percent of torque to the front and up to 87 percent to the rear, if conditions dictate.
The Urus is also utilizing the rear-steering system from the Aventador S. At low speeds the rear steering will counter-steer to enhance maneuverability; at high speeds it will steer in-phase with the front for stability.
Drivers will enjoy six drive modes with the Urus, all Italian hands (with the exception of “sport”). Each mode gives Urus a unique persona; changing everything from steering calibration to ride height.
Drive modes will be set from inside a cabin that reeks of luxury performance. The Urus interior pays homage to other Lamborghini interiors with its use of hexagonal design elements as well as a cockpit-like orientation. Lambo’s latest LIS infotainment system is in tow on an all-LCD control panel on the lower portion of the center stack.
Since the Urus is an SUV, perhaps it comes as little surprise that this Lambo features seating for four adults. It even has 12-way power heated front seats with optional 18-way units. Other creature comforts and electronic nannies are also found on this Italian super SUV, such as pre-collision assist.
Expect the Urus to pack around a $200,000 price tag in the U.S. when it goes on sale. Initial deliveries of Urus will commence in Europe in spring 2018.
People appear to be walking on air - thanks to a bizarre new craze.
The 'invisible box' trick is the latest stunt to flood social media as people all over the world film themselves jumping over an imaginary obstacle.
The viral craze involves tapping on the surface of an imaginary box before placing your foot on it and then swinging your other leg over it.
The mime move aims to make it look like you are walking on air.
AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade take off from Chièvres Air Base, Belgium in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Members of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade arrived with 77 helicopters to the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, in October and then came to the air base before deploying to Germany, Poland, Latvia and Romania.
Operation Atlantic Resolve are ongoing efforts in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, mainly the War in Donbass. It is funded under the European Reassurance Initiative. All U.S. efforts in support of NATO fall under the umbrella of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
The U.S. took several immediate steps to demonstrate solidarity with NATO, such as augmenting the air, ground and naval presence in the region, and enhancing previously scheduled exercises.
The U.S. is taking measures to enhance NATO military plans and defense capabilities and remains committed to maintaining a persistent presence in Central Europe and Eastern Europe.
How Will The Future Soldier Be Equipped & Look Like? Well we can not tell for sure but this Future Soldier documentary takes a good step in to the right direction showing future military equipment used by soldiers like exoskeletons and other things.
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) conducts flight operations in the Persian Gulf in Dec, 2017.
Theodore Roosevelt and its carrier strike group are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region.
Heartwarming video of a man getting emotional after learning his wife is pregnant.
The footage, captured in North Carolina, shows the man hugging his wife and bursting into tears as he holds the positive pregnancy test.
''This was my pregnancy announcement to my husband after trying for 5 months,'' the woman later wrote online.
''It was a very heartfelt moment,'' she added.
A hero soldier ripped out a car windscreen with his bare hands before pulling out injured passengers trapped inside the overturned vehicle.
Extraordinary footage captured Feng Jundong pulling apart the glass screen after a white SUV crashed and flipped onto its side by the side of a road.
The 25-year-old used his brute strength to create a gap wide enough for two passengers to be winched to safety by rescuers.
The crash took place in Baoding City in China's northern Hebei Province.
Feng, who reportedly was returning to army barracks in Beijing at the time of the incident, is seen with cuts to his hands after ripping out the glass.
Armed Forces members from US, Croatian and Polish Military conduct training exercises using an array of weaponry at Presidenski Range, Trzebian, and at Bemowo Piskie Training Area in Poland.
An astronaut has filmed amazing footage of dozens of lightning strikes hitting the Earth from his rare view onboard the International Space Station.
Randy Bresnik captured the scene across China, Korea and Japan from what he calls "our favourite window" on the ISS.
The incredible time-laspe video taken at night shows the "Spectacle of lightning strikes followed by alluring city lights and fishing boats around the Sea of Japan".
It is not the first time Randy, who has been in space since July, has posted images and video from on board.
A racing car driver has taken on a cheetah in an extraordinary drag stunt ahead of the Formula E season - and the car won by a whisker.
Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne , 27, challenged the world’s fastest land mammal in his all-electric Formula E car - with both capable of reaching 60mph in as little as three seconds.
But in a tight race on a remote airstrip in Western Cape, South Africa, the electric car beat the animal by a matter of millimetres.
The film was released last night to raise awareness of the threat of climate change to animals such as cheetahs ahead of next week’s UN Environment Assembly.
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Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon, America’s middle class must come to the realization that the country’s largest employer–Walmart is quietly testing an army of robots that soon will replace their jobs. The latest installment is an autonomous floor scrubber being tested at five store locations near the company’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.
The autonomous cleaning robot dubbed Emma, an A.I. navigated system capable of operating floor care equipment on nightshifts, is able to clean the entire store front without human interaction. San Diego-based startup Brain Corp., works with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop novel machine learning algorithms that focus on taking jobs from middle class Americans. BrainOS is the company’s flagship product that enables robots to “perceive their environments, control motion, and navigate using visual cues and landmarks, while seeing and avoiding people and obstacles”.
Marine Corps recruits with Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, conduct an Initial Strength Test (IST) on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. The IST consists of timed crunches, pull-ups or pushups, and a 1.5-mile (2.5 km) run.