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[ALADDIN]is BAE’s response to the overload of sensors and data now confronting battlefield commanders who now have UAV observations, soldier-based sensors, satellite data, and reams of other intelligence washing over them in such volumes that, as Air Force Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula puts it, they’ll be “swimming in sensors and drowning in data.” The system allows a network of robot soldiers to quickly collect and exchange information and then to bargain with each other to determine the best course of action and execute it.
The notion of genetic robots certainly isn’t new, but the Fraunhofer team has reached a milestone by creating a computer algorithm that can take into account environmental factors, physical laws, the task at hand, and other external characteristics to design -– from scratch – a robot for the job.
• Skynet 5 is the first military spacecraft that isn’t owned by a government or international organisation (like NATO).
Originally posted by gnosticquasar
Just what we need: sentient robots. Most of us have a hard time handling pets; how in the world are we supposed to handle something like that?
Paradigm supplies military hardened satellite communications, primarily to the UK armed forces but also to a range of other governments and organisations around the world. Our military satellite communications (milsatcom) services are delivered through the three Skynet 5 satellites launched between 2007 and 2008. The satellites can be precisely controlled so that pinpoint voice, internet, and broadcast communications can be directed to any part of the globe. Skynet 5 has been designed to meet the needs of the UK armed forces through to 2020 at least. Under the terms of our arrangements with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the massive additional capacity designed into the system can be made available to other military and government users, including NATO. As a company, Paradigm was established to deliver the Skynet 5 service for the UK armed forces, as part of an innovative and sophisticated £3.6 billion PFI (Private Finance Initiative) arrangement. Paradigm is wholly owned by EADS, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company.