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by Ahmed Dubai
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Military drones are cheap, but they could certainly stand to be a whole lot cheaper. At least, that’s the rationale behind an Air Force solicitation for a “Low Cost Attritable Strike UAS Demonstration,” posted online yesterday. To encourage the design of a cheap and deadly drone, the federal government is willing to reimburse up to $7,450,000 for developing the concept in 30 days.

As they fit into the existing military air fleet, drones like the Predator and Reaper are cheaper than, say, $100+ million F-35s, but that doesn’t mean they’re exactly ependable. Reapers cost about $13 million each. The moderately cheaper Gray Eagle, which is about a half-step between the original Predator and the Reaper, runs about $5 million per drone.

Samsung on Monday kicked off its exchange program for potentially dangerous Galaxy Note 7 phones, in the UK and Ireland at least.

The company says it has fixed the battery flaw that caused multiple devices to burst into flames and will start issuing Note owners with replacement devices this week.

The UK is one of the first countries to receive new shipments of Note 7 devices. Customers in the US will not be able to begin trading in their phones for fresh versions until Wednesday, September 21.

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by Ahmed Dubai
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NASA IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW ASTRONAUTS

If you've ever dreamed of being an astronaut, today's the day! NASA just posted the coolest job listing ever, and anyone with the right qualifications can apply to be an Astronaut Candidate. Awesome.

 

Those qualifications are pretty strict. In order to apply, you have to:

  • Be a US citizen
  • Have at least a Bachelors' degree in "engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics" (nursing, many social sciences, and some psychology degrees don't make the cut)
  • Have 3 years of professional experience in your field (teaching is ok), or have 1,000 hours of "pilot in command" time on a jet
  • Be able to see in 20/20, or have glasses that let you see in 20/20
  • Be between 5 feet 2 inches and 6 feet 3 inches tall, so you can fit into the space suit

NASA is hiring more astronauts because they're planning a lot of missions in the coming years, including trips that will pave the way to landing a person on Mars, NASA's current long-term goal for crewed missions.

“NASA is on an ambitious journey to Mars and we’re looking for talented men and women from diverse backgrounds and every walk of life to help get us there," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. “Today, we opened the application process for our next class of astronauts, extraordinary Americans who will take the next giant leap in exploration. This group will launch to space from U.S. soil on American-made spacecraft and blaze the trail on our journey to the Red Planet.”

Selections will be announced in spring of 2017.