We are well aware just how much crap there is in space. Lots of people have suggested ways of dealing with it, but first we have to find it. The Air Force has been tracking space junk for decades with technology that's decades old, but its system is in store for a major upgrade, called Space Fence.
Vacuum wall scalers aren't exactly a new invention. But, dang it, the Air Force is eyeballing the technology to allow special forces units to scale buildings — Spider-Man style. Now we're talking.
Florida's Eglin Air Force Base sure knows how to have a good time. They filled an entire hangar in fire suppressant for a foam party. Oh wait, that's not what happened at all. A welder accidentally set off the emergency fire system, sending loads of this protectant foam into the hangar and beyond!
Attention, citizens! The latest threat to freedom and democracy has been announced by the U.S. Air Force: WEEDS! And they need you to help develop technology to defeat aforesaid weeds by inventing some sort of "floral disruptor." And yes, they do mean "disruptor" like Romulan-style. ZAP!
If this didn't come straight from the White House, I wouldn't have believed it: the Air Force Research Lab just paid $25,000 for the rights to start building R/C cars that can chase down and immobilize fleeing vehicles with giant explosive airbags. Sweet!
The Air Force is looking for a new detector, one that can find what they're looking for in the harshest of conditions. One that'll help them detect Mojave ground squirrels, naturally.
The Navy recently showed off a weapons-grade laser that could torch a small boat, and it looks like the Air Force got a serious case of beam weapon envy. It's now soliciting proposals for a sensor-frying laser cannon that could be mounted on an aircraft.
It sure seems like a good idea: we've got all these intercontinental ballistic missiles lying around with nothing to do, under an hour from striking anywhere on Earth, plus a bunch of terrorists running around Afghanistan. So why not just use one against the other? The Air Force is thinking about doing just that.
The Air Force uses a variety of different platforms to conduct surveillance over Afghanistan. Putting lots of data sources together to make sense of what's really going on is tricky, so they're spending $211 million on a crash program to launch a 'freakishly large' blimp to coordinate it all.
About once a year, Earth gets hit by a space rock the size of truck, unleashing the same amount of destructive power as an atomic bomb. So far, we've been lucky, but in the interest of planetary security, the US Air Force might start sharing secret satellite data on meteorite impacts with scientists.