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  • New unmanned spacecraft set to launch

    04/19/2010 10:24:55 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 31 replies · 661+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 4/192010 | Staff Sgt. Vanessa Young
    Air Force officials are scheduled to launch the U.S.'s newest and most advanced unmanned re-entry spacecraft April 21 at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle will provide a flexible space test platform to conduct various experiments and allow satellite sensors, subsystems, components and associated technology to be efficiently transported to and from the space environment where it will need to function. The X-37B will also prove new technology and components before they are committed to operational satellites. The OTV is the first vehicle since NASA's shuttle orbiter that has the ability to return experiments to Earth...
  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Returns to Its Innovative Roots

    04/18/2010 11:17:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 384+ views
    Wharton Aerospace ^ | 4/16/2010 | Wharton Aerospace
    Regina Dugan last summer took over as chief of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In a profile of the 47-year-old PhD in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, The New York Times noted that in recent years DARPA has lost some of the luster it gained over decades as an agency that develops cutting edge military technologies that also filter into the consumer and civilian arena. The agency has been criticized in recent years for shifting its focus too closely to tools and technologies that could have an immediate impact for U.S. soldiers on the front...
  • Air Force space officials prepare to launch first Minotaur IV

    04/17/2010 10:48:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 426+ views
    USAF Press Release ^ | 4/16/2010 | USAF Press Release
    The first launch of the Minotaur IV Space Launch Vehicle is scheduled to occur April 20 at noon PDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Minotaur IV is the newest variant in the Minotaur family of rockets built by Orbital Sciences Corporation. It is a four-stage solid rocket vehicle consisting of three decommissioned Peacekeeper missile stages and a fourth commercially built stage developed by OSC. For this maiden lift-off, the rocket will be in a "lite" configuration consisting of only the first three stages and no fourth stage due to mission requirements. The payload for this first launch is...
  • Secret Military Space Plane Primed For Test Launch

    03/14/2010 12:35:29 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 1,627+ views
    Space.com ^ | 3/13/2010 | Stephen Clark
    secretive military spacecraft resembling a small space shuttle orbiter is undergoing final processing in Florida for launch on April 19. The Air Force confirmed the critical preflight milestone in a response to written questions on Thursday. The 29-foot-long, 15-foot-wide Orbital Test Vehicle arrived in Cape Canaveral, Fla., last month according to the Air Force. The OTV spaceplane was built at a Boeing Phantom Works facility in Southern California. Managed by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, the OTV program is shrouded in secrecy, but military officials occasionally release information on the the spaceplane's progress. "It is now undergoing spacecraft processing...
  • Air Force to Test New Hypersonic Aircraft

    03/09/2010 10:16:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 37 replies · 1,643+ views
    The U.S. Air Force is gearing up for the first of four planned test flights of a hypersonic aircraft designed to operate for much longer durations and cover far greater distances than previous platforms of its type. The maiden flight of the X-51 Waverider aircraft — the first U.S. hypersonic vehicle to fly in six years — is scheduled to take place later in March. Boeing Defense, Space & Security Systems of St. Louis has been developing the aircraft since 2003 on behalf of the Air Force Research Laboratory and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The missile-shaped X-51 will be...
  • U.S. Air Force Set To Begin X-51 Hypersonic Flight Tests

    02/26/2010 8:46:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 1,062+ views
    Space News ^ | 2/26/2010 | Turner Brinton
    The U.S. Air Force is gearing up for the first of four planned test flights of a hypersonic aircraft designed to operate for much longer durations and cover far greater distances than previous platforms of its type. The maiden flight of the X-51 Waverider aircraft — the first U.S. hypersonic vehicle to fly in six years — is scheduled to take place later in March. Boeing Defense, Space & Security Systems of St. Louis has been developing the aircraft since 2003 on behalf of the Air Force Research Laboratory and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The missile-shaped X-51 will be...
  • DARPA to Take on Major New Robotics Initiative

    02/24/2010 10:39:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 319+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/1//2010 | Stew Magnuson
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced a major new initiative to create robotic autonomous manipulators that mimic the human hands, an agency program manager said. For the past several decades, the research agency and the robotics community have concentrated their efforts on programming ground robots to get from point A to point B, said Robert Mandelbaum, a DARPA program manager who focuses on robotics and autonomous systems. That challenge has for the most part been tackled, he said. The autonomous robotics manipulation program will take on a new goal, creating an inexpensive hand-like device that is as adaptable as...
  • Pentagon Ignores the Warnings of Splice and Jurassic Park in Breeding Artificial Life

    02/23/2010 1:56:39 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 15 replies · 371+ views
    amctv.com ^ | February 10, 2010 12:00am | Christine Fall
    In its 2011 budget, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has allocated $6 million for BioDesign, a project to create artificial life. The unclassified document doesn't say how the new life-forms will be used, but I'm guessing they won't be making biofuels or absorbing greenhouse gases. More likely, the agency is aiming for Moreau's ungodly brand of "divine human." Here's what we know: they want to develop "a robust understanding of the collective mechanisms that contribute to cell death," so as to "enable a new generation of regenerative cells that could ultimately be programmed to live indefinitely." This could...
  • Man-tracking Radar To Fight Afghan IEDs

    02/17/2010 7:04:02 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 296+ views
    Aviattion Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/17/2010 | Graham Warwick
    Northrop Grumman radar that can track individuals on foot over a wide area is to be deployed operationally by U.S. forces in Afghanistan to aid the fight against improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar (Vader) is a podded active electronically scanned array designed to be carried by unmanned aircraft and smaller manned surveillance platforms (Aerospace DAILY, Feb. 9). The Army recently completed evaluation testing of the radar installed on the centerline of a manned Twin Otter, following initial flights in 2009 on Northrop’s Islander test bed. Vader is designed to help intercept teams planting IEDs by...
  • DARPA launches search for unmanned A-10 replacement

    02/10/2010 9:10:31 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 603+ views
    FlightGlobal.com ^ | 02/10/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could demonstrate within two to three years a new unmanned aircraft designed to provide aerial cover for troops in close proximity to enemy forces. Proposals from industry are requested by DARPA by 21 February to demonstrate in 2012 or 2013 an unmanned component for a next generation close air support system. The complete system may eventually assume a role now traditionally served by the Fairchild Republic A-10 and other manned fighters, such as the Boeing F/A-18 and Lockheed Martin F-16. More recently, armed unmanned air systems (UAS), including the General Atomics Aernoautical Systems...
  • X-51A WaveRider Gets First Ride Aboard B-52

    02/09/2010 9:43:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 806+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/10/2010 | Derek Kaufman/Air Base Wing Public Affairs
    In a flight test reminiscent of the early days of the historic X-15 program 50 years earlier, the X-51A Waverider was carried aloft for the first time over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 9 by an Air Force Flight Test Center B-52H Stratofortress. The "captive carry" test was a key milestone in preparation for the X-51 to light its supersonic combustion ramjet engine and propel the WaverRider at hypersonic speed for about 5 minutes, before plunging into the Pacific Ocean. That flight test is currently planned in about two months, said Charlie Brink, X-51A program manager with the...
  • Darpa Eyes SM-3 For Hypersonic Strike

    02/04/2010 8:50:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 593+ views
    AviationWeek.com ^ | Feb 4, 2010 | Graham Warwick
    By Graham Warwick The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) is seeking funding in Fiscal 2011 for ArcLight, a program to flight-test a long-range, high-speed strike weapon based on the Raytheon SM-3 ballistic-missile interceptor. ArcLight will be based on an SM-3 Block II booster stack and a hypersonic glider, and designed to carry a 100-200 pound payload more than 2,000 nautical miles. The weapon will be compatible with the Mark 41 vertical launch system and capable of launch from U.S. Navy warships and submarines as well as Air Force assets. The program is getting under way in Fiscal 2010...
  • US plans crewless automated ghost-frigates

    02/03/2010 10:15:38 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 41 replies · 988+ views
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 1/2/2010 | Lewis Page
    Those splendid brainboxes at DARPA - the Pentagon's in-house bazaar of the bizarre - have outdone themselves this time. They now plan an entirely uncrewed, automated ghost frigate able to cruise the oceans of the world for months or years on end without human input. The new project is called Anti-submarine warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV), and is intended to produce "an X-ship founded on the assumption that no person steps aboard at any point in its operating cycle". The uncrewed frigate would have enough range and endurance for "global, months long deployments with no underway human maintenance", being...
  • Obama Surrendering Internet to Foreign Powers

    02/01/2010 10:41:04 PM PST · by BellStar · 51 replies · 1,952+ views
    NEWSMAX ^ | 31 Jan 2010 | By: Bradley A. Blakeman
    Without the ingenuity of America’s brightest minds and the investment of U.S. taxpayer dollars, there would be no Internet, as we now know it today. Now, the Obama administration has moved quietly to cede control of the Web from the United States to foreign powers. Some background: The Internet came into being because of the genius work of Americans Dr.Robert E. Kahn and Dr. Vinton G. Cerf. These men, while working for the Department of Defense in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in the early 1970s, conceived, designed, and implemented the idea of "open-architecture networking."
  • DARPA looks to go deep with ASW sensor network

    01/28/2010 1:32:26 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 407+ views
    Janes Intelligence ^ | 1/20/2010 | Janes Intelligence
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has disclosed plans for a deep ocean sensor network that could provide a long-range anti-submarine surveillance capability sufficient to protect 'blue water' Carrier Strike Group operations. This new initiative, which envisions a distributed system of sensors and sources on or near the ocean floor, harks back to the SOSUS (Sound Surveillance System) deep-water long-range detection capability deployed by the US Navy during the Cold War. It also signals a revival in interest in blue-water anti-submarine warfare (ASW), an area that has largely taken a back seat in the two decades since the...
  • Orbital Wins DARPA Contract for Spacecraft Clusters

    12/20/2009 6:13:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 662+ views
    Space News ^ | 12/18/2009 | Amy Klamper
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Dulles, Va.-based Orbital Sciences Corp. a $75 million contract to develop the final design for a radically new space architecture in which traditional, large spacecraft are replaced by clusters of wirelessly connected orbiting modules. Dubbed System F6, short for Future, Fast, Flexible, Fractionated, Free-Flying spacecraft, Orbital’s design was selected among four competing study contracts issued in 2008 and 2009, according to a Dec. 18 company news release. The new contract is valued at $74.6 million over a one-year period. Gregg Burgess, Orbital’s vice president for national security systems in the company’s Advanced...
  • X-51A WaveRider Gets Airborne

    12/12/2009 11:01:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 2,017+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/11/2009 | Graham Warwick
    The US Air Force Research Laboratory's X-51A WaveRider scramjet engine demonstrator completed its first captive-carry flight under the wing of its B-52H mothership from Edwards AFB on Dec. 9. The first free flight is planned for mid-February. The B-52 climbed to the planned launch altitude of 50,000ft during a 1.4h flight that checked out systems and telemetry. The next flight, planned for mid-January, will be a full dress-rehearsal for the first of four planned X-51A hypersonic test flights. The Boeing-built X-51A will be released at 50,000ft over the Pacific and accelerated to Mach 4.5 by a solid rocket booster. The...
  • The USAF's Secret Spaceplane

    12/06/2009 4:42:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 35 replies · 3,011+ views
    Kompas.com ^ | 12/09/2009 | Michael Klesius
    It's been a long wait—in some ways, more than 50 years—but in April 2010, the U.S. Air Force is scheduled to launch an Atlas V booster from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying the newest U.S. spacecraft, the unmanned X-37, to orbit. The X-37 embodies the Air Force's desire for an operational spaceplane, a wish that dates to the 1950s, the era of the rocket-powered X-15 and X-20. In other ways, though, the X-37 will be picking up where another U.S. spaceplane, NASA's space shuttle, leaves off.
  • Darpa Looks To Send The Internet Into Orbit

    11/01/2009 12:03:21 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 554+ views
    Space Mart ^ | 10/29/2009 | Noah Shachtman
    There've been satellites orbiting Earth for half a century. But getting information to and from them is still a pain. Which is why Pentagon research arm Darpa is looking to finally hook the orbiting spacecraft up with reliable broadband connections. It's part of a larger movement to extend terrestrial networks into space, and eventually build an "Interplanetary Internet." In the meantime, we might even get less-than-crappy satellite internet service - if the project works out, of course. Darpa recently issued a request for information about supplying "persistent broadband ground connectivity for spacecraft in low-Earth orbit." The idea would be to...
  • Air Force's Secretive Space Plane Nears Maiden Voyage

    10/25/2009 1:32:54 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 2,614+ views
    Space.com ^ | 22 October 2009 | Leonard David
    You would think that an unpiloted space plane built to rocket spaceward from Florida atop an Atlas booster, circle the planet for an extended time, then land on autopilot on a California runway would be big news. But for the U.S. Air Force X-37B project — seemingly, mum's the word. There is an air of vagueness regarding next year's Atlas Evolved Expendable launch of the unpiloted, reusable military space plane. The X-37B will be cocooned within the Atlas rocket's launch shroud — a ride that's far from cheap. While the launch range approval is still forthcoming, SPACE.com has learned that...
  • Remote controlled bugs buzz off

    10/15/2009 7:25:36 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 8 replies · 505+ views
    BBC ^ | 09:14 GMT, Tuesday, 13 October 2009 | Patrick Jackson
    A Pentagon-sponsored project to control flying insects remotely has sent ripples of excitement across the scientific pond. Part insect, part machine, the "cyborg beetle" has been tested successfully by its developers at the University of California, Berkeley.Video footage shows a beetle being "flown" around a room by a man using a laptop.At one point it is tethered to a transparent plastic plate, and its tiny limbs can be seen twitching in response to the operator's joy stick. The developers, Michel Maharbiz and Hirotaka Sato, "demonstrated the remote control of insects in free flight via an implantable radio-equipped miniature neural stimulating...
  • DARPA Plans IED Jamming Demo

    10/08/2009 11:14:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 731+ views
    Military.com ^ | 8/27/2009 | Military.com
    A surgical jamming system that can stop the enemy from communicating and navigating while minimizing disruption to friendly forces will be demonstrated under a new program launched by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The Precision Electronic Warfare (PREW) program will demonstrate synchronization and pointing technology enabling multiple airborne and ground transmitters to work together to focus their jamming power on an area smaller than a city block. Jamming systems now used in Iraq and Afghanistan to block the triggering of remote-controlled explosive devices via cellular or satellite telephones are effective, but interfere with friendly forces' communication and navigation...
  • DARPA: Thinking Outside the Box And Mining The Far Side!

    09/08/2009 1:07:32 PM PDT · by luckybogey · 2 replies · 453+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | September 8, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    Phantom Ray will pick up where the UCAS program left off in 2006 by further demonstrating Boeing’s unmanned systems development capabilities in a fighter-sized, state-of-the-art aerospace system. The Boeing UCAS program began with the X-45A, which successfully flew 64 times from 2002 to 2005. Those flights included a demonstration exercise with two X-45A aircraft that marked the first unmanned, autonomous multivehicle flight under the control of a single pilot...] ...Currently planned Dec. 2, the Air Force Flight Test Center’s B-52 will carry the X-51A to 50,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean then release it. A solid rocket booster from an...
  • Engine Program Aims to Meet Military's Need for Speed

    08/26/2009 3:58:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 416+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2009 – The F-22 Raptor and F-18 Hornet fighter jets are fast, screaming through the air at twice the speed of sound, but the SR-71 Blackbird was faster, flying Mach 3 until mechanical problems and exorbitant operating costs forced it out of service in the late 1990s. Now, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is striving to build an engine that will propel a hypersonic jet at Mach 4 and faster, while also bringing new efficiencies to ships and ground vehicles. DARPA's Vulcan program kicked off this spring and aims to create the supersonic capability needed to...
  • Net gains (moon landing vs UNIX)

    07/20/2009 7:49:21 AM PDT · by M203M4 · 51 replies · 922+ views
    Nature Magazine ^ | July 16, 2009 | Nature Staff
    Editorial The Moon landing was not the only world-changing event in the summer of '69. An international, cross-disciplinary survey by Nature on page 314 reveals just how powerfully the Apollo programme motivated young people to become scientists 40 years ago — a fact today's space scientists ignore at their peril (see pages 325 and 327). Yet other events in the summer of 1969 would lead to a far deeper empowerment of scientists — and, indeed, many others. Even as Apollo 11 was putting the first humans on the Moon, Ken Thompson at AT&T's Bell Labs was working to get Space...
  • Darpa's First Robotic Ornithopter Hovers, Flies Like a Hummingbird

    07/03/2009 4:56:32 AM PDT · by Dysart · 5 replies · 1,056+ views
    Popsci ^ | 7-2-09 | Anna Maria Jakubek
    A few years from now, bird-watchers may be in for a double take: that flapping creature in the distance? Nope, not a bird. Mutant dragon fly? Nope--it's Darpa's latest unmanned aerial robo-sentinel, inspired by the flight mechanics of birds. The tech company Aerovironment recently won a $2.1 million contract to further their work on the Nano Air Vehicle (NAV). One of many progressive projects from Darpa (the Pentagon's advanced-research unit), the NAV is the first-ever "controlled hovering flight of an air vehicle system with two flapping wings that carries its own energy source and uses only the flapping wings for...
  • DARPA Creating "Imperial Walkers" (Vanity)

    05/23/2009 3:16:50 PM PDT · by ak267 · 13 replies · 683+ views
    YouTube ^ | 5/23/2009 | ak267
    What was once sci-fi is becoming reality on the battlefield. Still got a few kinks to work out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww
  • DARPA wants 'clandestine' 3D building-interior mapping kit

    04/02/2009 8:41:56 AM PDT · by BGHater · 8 replies · 439+ views
    The Register ^ | 02 Apr 2009 | Lewis Page
    'Active' probes via plumbing, wiring etc Pentagon bizarro-tech chiefs have issued a requirement for mysterious sensor systems which would be able to peer through concrete walls to produce a complete internal picture of a building. US Forces would use such kit for "overseas urban building interior awareness". The new plans are known as "Comprehensive Interior Reconnaissance", and come - of course - from famed off-the-wall military tech bureau DARPA, where they believe it's better to invent a head-mounted multispectral imaging device than curse the darkness. The Pentagon brainiacs note: As overseas military and peace-keeping operations have expanded in urban environments,...
  • Winner: The Revolution Will Be Prosthetized-Darpa's prosthetic arm gives amputees new hope

    01/08/2009 8:55:01 AM PST · by BGHater · 1 replies · 1,763+ views
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | Jan 2009 | Sally Adee
    It’s October at Duke University, in Durham, N.C., and Jonathan Kuniholm is playing “air guitar hero,” a variation on Guitar Hero, the Nintendo Wii game that lets you try to keep up with real musicians using a vaguely guitarlike controller. But the engineer is playing without a guitar. More to the point, he’s playing without his right hand, having lost it in Iraq in 2005. Instead he works the controller by contracting the muscles in his forearm, creating electrical impulses that electrodes then feed into the game. After about an hour he beats the high score set by Robert Armiger,...
  • The Army's Totally Serious Mind-Control Project

    09/17/2008 10:24:50 AM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 423+ views
    Time ^ | 14 Sep 2008 | Mark Thompson
    Soldiers barking orders at each other is so 20th Century. That's why the U.S. Army has just awarded a $4 million contract to begin developing "thought helmets" that would harness silent brain waves for secure communication among troops. Ultimately, the Army hopes the project will "lead to direct mental control of military systems by thought alone." If this sounds insane, it would have been as recently as a few years ago. But improvements in computing power and a better understanding of how the brain works have scientists busy hunting for the distinctive neural fingerprints that flash through a brain when...
  • Air Force prepares launch of X-37B set for December

    08/03/2008 1:02:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies · 11,923+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Sunday, August 3, 2008. | ALLISON GATLIN
    The Air Force is preparing to test an unmanned spacecraft in orbit, with a launch scheduled for December. The X-37B is designed to perform long-duration testing in low-Earth orbit of new technologies. The unmanned vehicle will carry experiments into space, then return with them to Earth. The vehicle... operates autonomously in orbit and for re-entry and landing. This first orbital flight test of the vehicle will be used to determine the capabilities of the craft, said an Air Force spokesman, Lt. Col. Mark Brown. It is part of a former NASA program that was cut as the space agency focused...
  • Scientists Identify the Brain’s Activity Hub

    07/01/2008 8:05:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 904+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 1, 2008 | BENEDICT CAREY
    The outer layer of the brain, the reasoning, planning and self-aware region known as the cerebral cortex, has a central clearinghouse of activity below the crown of the head that is widely connected to more-specialized regions in a large network similar to a subway map, scientists reported Monday. The new report, published in the free-access online journal PLoS Biology, provides the most complete rough draft to date of the cortex’s electrical architecture, the cluster of interconnected nodes and hubs that help guide thinking and behavior. The paper also provides a striking demonstration of how new imaging techniques focused on the...
  • DARPA Technology Autonomously Lands Severely Damaged Aircraft

    06/12/2008 4:37:00 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 13 replies · 853+ views
    Gizmodo.com ^ | 06/12/08 | Sean Fallon
    DARPA, the Pentagon's source for R&D (and lovers of acronyms big and small) have released a video illustrating the Damage Tolerance and Autonomous Landing Solution they developed alongside Athena Technologies. Basically, DTALS is designed to take over for a pilot in the event that the aircraft sustains heavy damage. The system automatically detects the damage and adjusts the flight control system to land the aircraft safely.In the demo video, a scale model F-18 manages to return safely to the earth despite the loss of over 60% of its wing. At this point, the DTALS system is being confined to UAVs...
  • Nano Air Vehicle [World's Smallest UAV]

    06/05/2008 5:45:42 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 15 replies · 281+ views
    DARPA ^ | 5th June, 2008 | DARPA
    The Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) Program will develop and demonstrate an extremely small (less than 7.5 cm), ultra-lightweight (less than 10 grams) air vehicle system with the potential to perform indoor and outdoor military missions. The program will explore novel, bio-inspired, conventional and unconventional configurations to provide the warfighter with unprecedented capability for urban mission operations. The NAV Program will push the limits of aerodynamic and power conversion efficiency, endurance, and maneuverability for very small air vehicle systems. NAV platforms will be revolutionary in their ability to harness low Reynolds number physics, navigate in complex environments, and communicate over significant...
  • Armed Forces Make Progress in Regenerative Medicine

    05/08/2008 4:16:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 131+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 8, 2008 – Thanks to great strides in medical care, today’s U.S. warriors have a 50 percent greater chance of survival if they’re wounded on the battlefield than their Vietnam War counterparts did. State-of-the-art prosthetics help troops who have lost a limb resume many, and in some cases all, of their pre-injury activities. The Defense Department is hoping to find new and even better ways to help the nation’s warriors as it researches a field called regenerative medicine that would enable people to generate new skin and even grow new limbs, Army Col. (Dr.) Robert Vandre told...
  • Fifty Years Of DARPA: Hits, Misses And Ones To Watch

    05/15/2008 4:13:48 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 165+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5-15-2008 | Duncan Graham-Rowe
    Fifty years of DARPA: Hits, misses and ones to watch 18:00 15 May 2008 NewScientist.com news service Duncan Graham-Rowe The internet: Precisely who 'invented' the mass of linked computer networks that is today's internet is a moot point. But it wouldn't have happened without the ARPANET network built by DARPA in the 1960s. The idea was to make a "self-healing" communications network that still worked when parts of it were destroyed. It was the first network to transmit data in discrete chunks, not constant streams, and led to the development of the TCP/IP specification still in use today. GPS: We...
  • Boeing Awarded DARPA Contract to Develop Ultra-Long-Endurance Aircraft Technologies

    04/28/2008 1:52:51 PM PDT · by billorites · 4 replies · 72+ views
    GlobalSecurity.org ^ | April 21, 2008
    Boeing [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a $3.8 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract for Phase 1 of the Vulture air vehicle program, an effort to create a new category of ultra-long-endurance aircraft. DARPA's Vulture program calls for developing technologies and ultimately a vehicle that can deliver and maintain an airborne payload on station for an uninterrupted period of more than five years using a fixed-wing aircraft. Boeing is teaming with United Kingdom-based QinetiQ Ltd. for the program. The yearlong Phase 1 covers conceptual system definition, and formal reliability and mission success analysis, concluding with a System Requirements...
  • Robot ’pack mule’ carries on

    03/23/2008 7:16:46 AM PDT · by afortiori · 44 replies · 1,412+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | March 22, 2008 | Jay Fitzgerald
    BigDog is a big hit on YouTube. A new video of BigDog - a robotic “pack mule” that Waltham-based Boston Dynamics is developing for the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - has attracted more than 2 million viewers since the clip went live on YouTube this week.
  • Cyborg insects 'born' in DARPA project

    03/19/2008 9:43:58 AM PDT · by BGHater · 25 replies · 951+ views
    FlightGlobal ^ | 18 Mar 2008 | Rob Coppinger
    Insects with modified body structures and embedded micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) have survived to adulthood in a US Defense Advanced Reseach Projects Agency (DARPA) programme. DARPA wants to develop inexpensive micro air vehicles to find weapons and explosives inside buildings or caves. Mechanical and fluidic microsystems would allow remote control, could extend insect life, and provide for gas, audio and even imaging sensors. In the latest work a Manduca moth had its thorax truncated to reduce its mass and had a MEMS component added where abdominal segments would have been, during the larval stage. Images taken by x-ray of insects with...
  • DARPA's Amazing Robot Pack Mule Keeps its Balance On Ice

    03/18/2008 9:47:35 AM PDT · by BGHater · 35 replies · 1,562+ views
    PopSci.com ^ | 17 Mar 2008 | John Mahoney
    A new video of the Army's BigDog 'bot highlights its eery abilities Two years ago we showed you Boston Dynamics' incredible BigDog—one of the world's most ambitious legged robots—being developed for DARPA and the U.S. Army. With its advanced system of hyper-responsive hydraulic joints and a suite of sensors, accelerometers and gyroscopes, the BigDog's most stunning achievement is it's ability to walk, climb and maintain its balance on diverse terrain, even after slipping on ice or receiving a kick to one side. All while carrying several hundreds of pounds of supplies on its "back." In this new video, we see...
  • Pentagon scientists seek trusted microchip

    02/28/2008 9:26:22 AM PST · by BGHater · 23 replies · 139+ views
    UPI ^ | 27 Feb 2008 | UPI
    U.S. military scientists are trying to develop a system for ensuring that microchips used in defense equipment are not compromised by the nation's enemies. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently awarded contracts to three companies for the first phase of the Trust in Integrated Circuits Program. The military uses integrated circuit chips, commonly called microchips, in everything from computers and communications systems to weapons. But most are manufactured overseas, and there is currently no way of ensuring that they do not contain malicious code that could end up making equipment malfunction or fail. Nearly three-quarters of the world's microchips...
  • Pentagon's "Crusher" Robot Vehicle Nearly Ready To Go

    02/27/2008 10:01:31 AM PST · by Fennie · 85 replies · 367+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 27, 2008
    It's rough, tough, unmanned and nearly unstoppable. The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has nearly finished work on the Crusher, a six-wheeled robot that rolls through ditches, walls, streams, other vehicles and almost anything else that gets in its way. "This vehicle can go into places where, if you were following in a Humvee, you'd come out with spinal injuries," Stephen Welby, director of DARPA's Tactical Technology Office, told the military-oriented Stars and Stripes newspaper. "Usually vehicles are set up to protect humans. Here, we didn't have to worry about that." The big brute weighs nearly 7...
  • A Technology Surges (Tactical Ground Reporting System)

    02/26/2008 1:34:03 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 5 replies · 1,553+ views
    Technology Review ^ | March/April 2008
    March/April 2008 A Technology Surges In Iraq, soldiers conducting frontline street patrols finally get software tools that let them share findings and plan missions. By David Talbot First Lieutenant Brian Slaughter wanted his comrades to learn from the insurgent attack that could have killed him on May 21, 2004. Before dawn, the 30-year-old had been leading 12 men in three armored Humvees along a canal in Baghdad's al-Dora district when a massive blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) lifted his vehicle off the ground. Concealed attackers followed with a volley of rocket-propelled grenades and machine-gun fire. But the IED...
  • They call him the Crusher

    02/25/2008 3:09:14 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies · 87+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 25, 2008 | Leo Shane III
    He’s big. He’s got no soul. And he’s teaching the DOD what’s possible about driverless vehicles. WASHINGTON — The Crusher is a bad, bad man. He doesn’t smile, doesn’t talk, doesn’t really care about his co-workers. He never offers to carpool. He’ll drive through yards, roadblocks, even other vehicles without a second thought. He speeds through red lights, ignores stop signs and doesn’t brake for animals. He has no soul. But beneath his hard shell lies the heart of a great driver, hellbent on getting from start to finish as quickly as possible. Think Dale Earnhardt Sr., but driving a...
  • Brain-Reading Headset to Sell for $299

    02/22/2008 1:32:27 AM PST · by Froufrou · 26 replies · 131+ views
    finance,myway.com ^ | 02/22/08 | Unknown
    Hands cramping up from too many video games? How about controlling games with your thoughts instead? Later this year, Emotiv Systems Inc. plans to start selling the $299 EPOC neuroheadset to let you do just that. The headset's sensors are designed to detect conscious thoughts and expressions as well as "non-conscious emotions" by reading electrical signals around the brain, says the company, which demonstrated the wireless gadget at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The company, which unveiled a prototype last year, says the headset can detect emotions such as anger, excitement and tension, as well as facial expressions...
  • Darpa Pursues Neuroscience To Enhance Analyst, Soldier Performance

    01/29/2008 7:29:27 PM PST · by BGHater · 5 replies · 71+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | 28 Jan 2008 | David Hughes
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) is researching how computers reading brain waves may one day speed up the ways intelligence analysts detect targets in satellite images and also alert platoon leaders when soldiers are losing situational awareness. This may sound like a scenario out of the science fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which a computer named Hal overrides instructions from an astronaut to take control of a spaceship. But in the Darpa experiments, the computer is just a tool that processes brain waves, of which the human being isnÂ’t even aware, and turns them into actionable...
  • US navy's robot carrier plane building fast

    11/27/2007 12:22:05 PM PST · by Tlaloc · 45 replies · 370+ views
    The Register ^ | 27th November 2007 | Lewis Page
    The US Navy's new stealth robot carrier plane is now "structurally complete", according to its maker, and is now being fitted out with subsystems while software tests begin. The Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) is expected to make its first flight the year after next, and its first carrier deck landing in 2011. "Once we get robust flight controls we will begin failure detection and accommodation testing, which is the real key to any unmanned aircraft," said Scott Winship, UCAS-D project chief at Northrop Grumman, talking to Flight International. Although a firm decision by the US Navy to build...
  • Robo-Soldiers

    11/26/2007 9:03:45 PM PST · by Tlaloc · 21 replies · 395+ views
    wcbd.com ^ | Nov 26, 2007
    A Utah-based company is now six years into the development of a unique robot that fits around its user so that it literally mimics every movement of its human commander. Imagine stepping inside a robotic system that fits around your body like an exoskeleton. It allows soldiers to become almost superhuman in strength and stamina. In this case, whatever the soldier needs to do, the exoskeleton follows his or her exact moves. The prototype designed and built by SARCOS is going to become even more polished and sophisticated within the next five years. American soldiers are well trained and physically...
  • Robots, start your engines (Carnegie Mellon University wins DARPA race)

    11/03/2007 11:32:26 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 10 replies · 158+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 11/3/07 | Tome Abate
    A robotic car named Junior, programmed by Stanford computer scientists, finished slightly ahead of Boss, the robo-vehicle from Carnegie Mellon University, as half a dozen driverless vehicles made history by completing a 60-mile race over a city-like environment. But the real winner of this third and most difficult in a series of robo-races is probably the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which sponsored the first of these events in 2004 to spur development of unmanned military vehicles. In all, 11 robotic vehicles set out on the race course Saturday morning, and while five scrubbed out for various reasons, the fact...
  • DARPA urban 'race' challenge on now (web cast) Live Thread

    11/03/2007 9:02:47 AM PDT · by dickmc · 10 replies · 274+ views
    DARPA has selected the 11 teams that will compete in the Urban Challenge Final Event on Saturday, November 3 at the former George Air Force Base in Victorville, Calif. The 11 teams will compete for cash prizes worth $2 million for first, $1 million for second, and $500,000 for third place. The teams will attempt to complete a complex 60-mile urban course with live traffic in less than six hours. The finalists will operate on the course roads with approximately 50 human-driven traffic vehicles. Speed is not the only factor in determining the winners, as vehicles must also meet the...