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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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, has learned that...