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2012-05-12 23:00:53

Polestar Technologies (http://polestartech.com/), a leader in optical sensor research and technology development, recently won a $2.5M government contract from the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Deterrent Organization (JIEDDO) to develop a system for the stand-off detection of explosives hidden on a person. Needham Heights, MA (PRWEB) May 12, 2012 Polestar Technologies (http://polestartech.com/), a leader in optical sensor research and technology development, recently won a $2.5M...

Shell Degradation Cause Of DARPA Hypersonic Vehicle Flight Abort
2012-04-22 03:57:05

An experimental hypersonic glider was forced to abort its 13,000 mph flight over the Pacific Ocean during the summer of 2011 because larger than expected portions of its skin peeled off, officials from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced on Friday. According to the Associated Press (AP), the Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2 (HTV-2) launched atop a rocket from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base last August 11 as part of research into the development of...

New DARPA Grand Challenge Announcement Coming Soon
2012-04-07 04:20:44

DARPA will be issuing a Grand Challenge for experts to build a humanoid robot that can navigate their environment and handle tools. The Pentagon agency is expected to launch the humanoid robot contest within the next few weeks. The contest will ask engineers to build a bipedal robot that can do things like drive cars, open doors, traverse through rough terrain and show off its motor skills. “The goal of this Grand Challenge is to create a humanoid robot that can operate in an...

2012-03-26 06:33:03

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Arati Prabhakar, Ph.D., has been elected to SRI International's Board of Directors. Dr. Prabhakar brings extensive experience in funding and managing engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs to create new technologies and businesses. Dr. Prabhakar is also a member of the National Academies' Science Technology and Economic Policy (STEP) Board, the College of Engineering Advisory Board at the University of California, Berkeley, and the red...

U.S. Military Has Already Succumbed To Cyber Threats
2012-03-23 11:33:58

Security experts told the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee this week that foreign spies have penetrated computer networks of the U.S. military. Experts from the U.S. National Security Agency and government labs said the penetration was likely so complete that attempts to curb it should stop. The experts told the subcommittee that cyberdefense should focus on protecting data instead of controlling access. They said America has to change the way it thought about protecting Department...

Pentagon Wants To Build 'Disposable' Satellites
2012-03-15 11:28:01

The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said it is considering building "disposable" satellites for frontline warfighters. DARPA said its Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements (SeeMe) program aims to give mobile individual U.S. warfighters access to "on-demand" tactical information in remote and "beyond- line-of-sight" conditions. The program would help provide small squads the ability to receive satellite imagery of their location just with the press...

2012-03-12 12:30:00

ARLINGTON, Va., March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- QinetiQ North America has developed a System Development Concept of Operations for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform (TEMP) program, the company announced today. This Concept of Operations was created for the TEMP Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) mission, and defines a concept for TEMP operations that aligns with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)'s Plan, Prepare,...

DARPA Robot Sets Land Speed Record
2012-03-06 05:30:05

[ Watch the Video ] DARPA released a video on Monday of its Boston Dynamics-built robot setting a new land speed record for legged robots at 18-miles-per-hour. In the video, the "Cheetah" robot is galloping at speeds of up to 18 mph, breaking the previous legged robot land speed record of 13.1 mph in 1989. DARPA said the robot's movements are patterned after cheetahs, increasing its stride and running speed by flexing and un-flexing its back on each step. They told Popsci they see...

2012-03-01 07:30:00

TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded a $3.8 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to allow armed forces to conduct jamming operations with minimal communication and control interference to friendly forces. The High-Power Efficient Rf Digital-to-Analog Converter (HiPERDAC) program seeks to enable tactical platforms, such as maritime craft, ground vehicles, tactical aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles...

2012-02-20 07:30:00

CHICAGO, Feb. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sciaky, Inc., a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) and leading provider of additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, is teaming up with the Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University to advance Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) technology, via funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Under terms of the agreement, a 6,000-square-foot Center for Innovative Metal Processing through Direct...