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Vanishing Transient Electronics The Focus Of New DARPA Project
2013-01-29 08:55:33

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In yet another instance in a long line of attempting to bring science fiction to real life, DARPA has invited scientists to help them create Vanishing Programmable Resources, or VAPR. In other words, hardware that self-destructs on command. Such hardware with a very real deadline could be particularly useful on the battlefield, where all sorts of technology, including cell phones and sensors are absolutely required material....

Old Satellites May Be Repurposed By DARPA
2013-01-22 20:41:31

[ Watch the Video: Phoenix Program Demonstration of Latest Advances ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online One new satellite repurposing program could bring old satellites out of retirement, giving them a new goal as they remain in orbit. DARPA said on Tuesday it is developing a new program for the old satellites that hurdle through space 22,000 miles above the Earth. The goal of the Phoenix program is to fundamentally change how space systems could be...

New 2-D Optical Phased Array Technology To Enable Advanced LADAR, Other Defense Applications
2013-01-18 09:05:40

DARPA Most people are familiar with the concept of RADAR. Radio frequency (RF) waves travel through the atmosphere, reflect off of a target, and return to the RADAR system to be processed. The amount of time it takes to return correlates to the object´s distance. In recent decades, this technology has been revolutionized by electronically scanned (phased) arrays (ESAs), which transmit the RF waves in a particular direction without mechanical movement. Each emitter varies its phase and...

Ocean Drones Could Rise To The Surface On Command
2013-01-16 07:47:07

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While in the process of inventing methods with which to quickly deploy drones to the other end of the world, DARPA has come up with an idea that resembles something from a Michael Bay movie. The title of their press statement says it all: “Falling Up: DARPA To Launch Just-In-Time Payloads From Bottom of Sea.” There´s a lot of cost and complexity involved when moving a Navy vessel or troops across the water,...

2013-01-11 11:37:04

NASA will join the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and high school student teams from the United States and abroad for the fourth annual Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge Friday, Jan. 11. The event will take place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass., and be broadcast live on NASA Television beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST. For the competition, NASA will upload software developed by high school students onto Synchronized Position...


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