United Defense Industries Inc. (www.uniteddefense.com) reports that it has fired the first round from its fully automated 155-mm Non-Line of Sight Cannon (NLOS-C) 12 months after the Army contracted with it to build the demonstrator. In August 2002, Congress mandated the Army to field a self-propelled NLOS-C by 2008, and the United Defense demonstrator signifies the Army's next-generation cannon artillery. A 23-ton, hybrid-electric self-propelled howitzer, the demonstrator features an advanced band-track system, a fully automated ammunition loading system, as well as a magazine capable of holding 24 100-lb artillery projectiles.
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
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