The Pentagon’s research arm tasked with creating breakthrough technology has improved on its “smart bullet,” which can change trajectory mid-flight and hit accelerating targets. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) developed a self-steering bullet to increase hit rates for difficult, long-distance shots, completed in February its most successful round of live-fire tests to date. An experienced shooter using the technology demonstration system repeatedly hit moving and evading targets.
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The Falcon HTV-2, an experimental space plane, disintegrated and burned up nine minutes into what was supposed to be a 30-minute test flight in April. The plane is a key element of U.S. efforts to develop a conventional weapon that can strike quickly anywhere in the world.