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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...

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...

2012-02-15 04:34:37

NITRD Symposium to be webcast; media encouraged to tune in and/or to attend the final session on big ideas for the future and an agency showcase Just two decades ago ... - Only 30 percent of Americans used computers and only 15 percent of households owned personal computers. - Computing power was conglomerated in a few select supercomputing centers at major research institutions and national labs. - The fastest supercomputer in the world, a CM-3, could perform 14 billion...

Robotic Beast Of Burden Makes Outdoor Debut
2012-02-09 05:29:57

[ Watch the Video ] The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is previewing a mechanical beast of burden that would help lighten the load for soldiers. The machine named AlphaDog and built at Boston Dynamics is shown in a newly released video trekking outside in the woods. The video shows the robot raising itself with a load under its own power. Then it manages to negotiate different terrains, going uphill, downhill, and through the woods avoiding obstacles like holes in the...

2012-01-19 04:23:15

NASA will join the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and high school student teams from the U.S. and abroad for the third annual Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge on Monday, Jan. 23. The event will take place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass., and be broadcast live on NASA Television from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST. For the competition, NASA will upload software developed by high school students onto Synchronized Position...

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