This week saw the maiden flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket lofting Elon Musk’s Tesla car, complete with spacesuit-clad dummy, to a trajectory through space that could last millions of years. No mere publicity stunt, this was an extraordinary scientific and technological achievement that will have repercussions throughout the space industry.In simple terms, the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle...
Pictures of what appears to be a test installation of a naval railgun on a PLA Navy landing ship suggest China is moving forward with sea trials of a weapon which can threaten all Western surface assets. At the start of a huge ship-building plan, China is ideally placed to capitalise on this technology.
The US Air Force has reacted decisively to the serious failures that allowed the unscheduled flight of six nuclear weapons. Its response has been swift, thorough and multi-faceted. Yet, for all its openness, it still has questions to answer as to the deeper causes of the episode.
Dr Andrew James, Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Policy and Management at Manchester Business School argues that the traditional closed model of defence innovation is broken and a new era of open innovation beckons, placing a strong emphasis on a closer relationship between government, industry, universities and non-traditional sources of research and technology