Between the start of conflict in October 2001 and August 2013, 1,367 male service members have sustained at least one injury to their genitourinary area, according to a study released Nov. 11 by the Journal of Urology. Most of the injuries involved external genitalia, and typically could be associated with traumatic brain injuries, fractures, lower extremity amputations, and colorectal injuries, according to the study. “An unprecedented number” of service members sustained genitourinary injuries while deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), the research team concluded. “Further study is needed to describe the long-term impact of genitourinary injury and determine the potential need for novel treatments to improve sexual, urinary and/or reproductive function among service members with severe genital injury,” the authors stated.
Small UAS Breaks Long-Endurance Record
A small unmanned aerial system (UAS) broke boundaries for long-endurance flight, remaining aloft for more than two days and nights. Vanilla Aircraft of Falls Church, Va., built the diesel-powered vehicle in cooperation with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The flight took place Nov 30-Dec. 2 at New Mexico State University’s Unmanned Air Systems Flight Test Center in Las Cruces, N.M. During its 56 hours in the air, it had reached altitudes between 6,500 and 7,500 feet — and landed after expending only half of its fuel. The aircraft is designed to carry a 30-pound payload at 15,000 feet for as many as 10 days without refueling.