‘Armed with Science’ pilot episode features defense breakthroughs

By U.S. Army Research Laboratory public affairs

 

ADELPHI, Md. (March 10, 2014) — The Pentagon Channel’s pilot episode of Armed with Science is airing at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. (ET), today, and will delve into Army Research Laboratory and Naval Research Laboratory science that shapes the future of defense.

The show takes viewers inside the minds of military scientists who improve national defense with infrared imaging, robotic satellite repair and novel weapons design during its debut.

Defense producers from the Defense Media Activity conceptualized the program to shed light on the “seed corn of science and technology,” or basic and applied science.

“‘Armed with Science’ tells the military’s story about scientific discovery and innovation that begins decades before an application reaches the military market,” said Thomas Moyer, U.S. Army Research Laboratory public affairs director. “The pilot will be successful if it gets people thinking about technological advances for our nation’s warfighters.”

The best kept secret in innovation is the scientists and engineers behind the military’s scientific breakthroughs, Moyer said. “The American public often has no idea of the research and development that military scientists tirelessly put into a single application to protect men and women in uniform.”

The pilot episode explores the Army’s super materials that operate across a spectrum of extreme environments to protect Soldiers against threats they haven’t seen yet. The materials that scientists and engineers design at an atomic scale will make up game-changing electronics, munitions and armor for the military of the future.

In the show’s second segment, host George Zaidan visits the NRL Space Robotics Laboratory where scientists are developing robotic technology that can help repair, reposition, or update satellites that are beyond human reach, about 20,000 miles higher than the Hubble Space Telescope. These satellites are critical for Navy and Marine Corps operations, but cannot be repaired in orbit currently.

The show wraps up with “super vision,” or enemy detection made easier and faster with infrared radiated light that gives Soldiers the capability to see when there is zero visibility. It took countless hours and the aid of the Army’s super computers to make thermal image detection good enough to detect very cold objects and fast-moving targets. The Army scientists behind the technology talk about how the discovery was made.

The Pentagon Channel will show encore airings of the pilot episode March 13, at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. at http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/LiveStream.aspx.

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