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Army’s Super Secret Hypersonic Weapon Undergoes Testing
2011-11-18 11:52:49

The US Army conducted its first flight test of its new Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW), launching the high-tech bomb from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai on Thursday. After launch, the rocket glided through the upper atmosphere over the Pacific “at hypersonic speed” before reaching its target on the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands, according to a statement made by the Pentagon. The rocket made the trip from Kauai to Kwajalein -- some 2,500 miles...

DARPA To Increase Funding For Cyber Research
2011-11-08 10:58:53

The US government´s advanced research unit said Monday it will boost investments in cyber research by 50 percent over the next 5 years, in response to the increased threat of cyber terrorism and warfare. The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) will increase its focus on offensive cyber capabilities and defensive cyber capabilities, both key elements in combating modern cyber threats. DARPA is looking for $208 million in cyber spending in the upcoming fiscal year, up...

DARPA Hopes To Retrieve, Reuse Components From Dead Satellites
2011-10-22 04:43:28

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced a new program that would recycle parts from non-functioning satellites to help save money when constructing replacement satellites, various media outlets reported Friday. According to Andrew Tarantola of Gizmodo, DARPA's Phoenix system "consists of a primary Tender/Servicer satellite and multiple smaller mini-satellites called 'Satlets.' As the plan goes, after the Tender has reached geosynchronous orbit (GEO), the...

100 Year Starship Conference: Sex In Space
2011-10-05 07:47:02

Experts, gathering at DARPA´s 100 Year Starship conference in Florida which ended Oct. 2, discussed the possibility of making space flights to distant planets within the next 100 years. But the next closest star to Earth -- Alpha Centauri -- is more than 4 light years away and would take any conventional spaceship thousands of years to make the journey. NASA´s Voyager I probe, the furthest-traveled object man has ever put into space, has made it only one percent of the...

2011-08-19 06:15:00

VANDENBERG AFB, Calif., Aug. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TASC, Inc. provided independent mission assurance, launch site and engineering support for the August 11 launch of a Minotaur IV Lite launch vehicle. The rocket carried DARPA's Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2), which is believed to be the fastest vehicle ever flown from the ground, achieving Mach 20 speeds. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100524/PH08918LOGO ) "These launches support some of our most advanced...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.