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Paul Kliebert 2021-07-28
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Researchers from Oregon State University have created a bipedal robot called Cassie. Recently, Cassie traveled five kilometers, completing the entire journey in just over 53 minutes, making history in the process. Cassie was developed with direction from robotics Professor Jonathan Hurst with a 16 month, $1 million grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US Department of Defense. … Continue reading
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Danny Duck 2021-04-15
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DARPA has announced that it has awarded contracts for the first phase of the Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) program. The program’s stated goal is to demonstrate a nuclear thermal propulsion system above low Earth orbit by 2025. The trio of prime contractors selected by DARPA includes General Atomics, Blue Origin, and Lockheed Martin. DARPA says that rapid … Continue reading
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Frank Wilkerson 2021-04-12
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DARPA has announced the recipients of its phase-one Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) contracts, an initiative that paves the way for future nuclear thermal propulsion spacecraft systems. In explaining the purpose of its DRACO program, DARPA says that current space propulsion systems aren’t able to offer the ‘rapid maneuver’ capabilities it needs. The first phase of DARPA’s DRACO … Continue reading
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Jackie Brown 2021-03-23
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DARPA has a collaborative air combat autonomy program that has made significant strides in recent months. The program is called Air Combat Evolution (ACE), and DARPA has announced that it’s halfway through phase 1. During its progress so far, ACE has eclipsed several key accomplishments in anticipation of live subscale aerial dogfights in phase 2 later this year. Thus far, … Continue reading
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Betty Gribble 2019-01-22
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Launch startup Rocket Lab is following the success of its first couple commercial launches by adding a prestigious (and deep-pocketed) new client: DARPA.

The New Zealand-based company will send an experimental satellite called R3D2 into low Earth orbit sometime in late February if all goes well.

DARPA is of course the Defense Department’s research wing, and it probably has whole file folders filled with experiments it would like to send up to orbit but has deferred from because of cost or timing restrictions.

Rocket Lab’s whole business model is to make launches cheap and frequent so neither of those apply, and DARPA seems willing to give it a shot.

“The Department of Defense has prioritized rapid acquisition of small satellite and launch capabilities.

By relying on commercial acquisition practices, DARPA streamlined the R3D2 mission from conception through launch services acquisition,” explained DARPA’s Fred Kennedy, director of the Tactical Technology Office, in a news release.

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Robert Flenard 2018-10-08
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DARPA stands for “Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,” but while defense is good and all, what they’re really into is that P, for projects.

The agency is focused on the development of breakthrough technology, and its sights are focused on the enormous potential of artificial intelligence — and their funding for AI projects is huge by any measure and available to applicants far beyond the traditional defense community.

As a 60th birthday present for itself, DARPA launched the the AI Next campaign this past September, announcing a $2 billion investment applied to AI in a variety areas over a period of five years — or about $400 million a year, says Brian Pierce, Director of the Information Innovation Office at DARPA, and a notable speaker at this year’s VB Summit, October 22-23 in Mill Valley, CA.

DARPA-funded initiatives like their previous Grand Challenges and the Urban Challenge, with $2 million dollars in first-place prize money, resulted in leaps in evolution for the autonomous car.

Plus, DARPA investment allowed an audio electronics company in the Bay area to develop that low-cost lidar system for sensing in self-driving vehicles.

The mission of AI Next is to take artificial intelligence into the next wave of its evolution, and trigger a whole new level of innovation, Pierce says.

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James Desmond 2018-09-07
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The Department of Defense has vowed to spend $2 billion on artificial intelligence projects over the next half-decade.

The program will focus on advancing the nation’s AI capabilities, primarily involving the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, more commonly called DARPA.

The agency’s director Steven Walker revealed the new plan today.

Under this “third wave” project, DARPA will use the funds for dozens of new AI-based programs, all of them aimed at improving the US’s artificial intelligence capabilities.

Among other things, DARPA is interested in giving machines the ability to communicate and think like humans, hints of which we’ve seen from existing DARPA projects.

The move will help the US keep pace with China, which has notably shoveled resources into AI-based research.

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Brian Williams 2016-06-01
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An artist's concept of DARPA's Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 , a proposed robotic space vehicle that could fly 10 times in 10 days and lower the cost of putting satellites in orbit.

In early 2017, DARPA is expected to select one group to move forward with the construction of an XS-1 prototype for flight testing.

In an era of declining budgets and adversaries evolving capabilities, quick, affordable and routine access to space is increasingly critical for both national and economic security," DARPA officials wrote in a statement on the agency's website.

"Current satellite launch systems, however, require scheduling years in advance for an extremely limited inventory of available slots.

"DARPA created its Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 program to help overcome these challenges and create a new paradigm for more routine, responsive and affordable space operations, reducing the time to get capabilities to space," officials said in the statement.

DARPA announced in April that it had received funding from the Obama Administration to move into Phase 2.

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William Franklin 2016-07-05
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How Darpa Is Making Hacking Into a Spectator Sport

I am a skip button.

On a giant flat-screen TV in an old Emeryville, California warehouse, a floating orb fires red, blue, pink, and yellow beams into a honeycomb of hexagonal blocks.

So, to prove it can work, Darpa is going all Tron, visually recreating what goes on inside those seven machines.

says Mike Walker, the veteran white-hat hacker turned Darpa program manager who oversees the Grand Challenge.

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David Carter 2016-06-21
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DARPA wants to out-Star-Trek the Trekkies and create the kind of flight deck it reckons it'll need to cope with a future when hostilities could extend to space.

The high-tech-looking rooms full of screens you see in a televised rocket launch are, in fact, obsolete.

As DARPA says in its outreach , the thousands of objects ranging from the predictable geostationary satellites, low-earth-orbit constellations, and way too much junk, are a tough challenge for commanders overseeing the nation s increasingly critical space assets .

The Broad Agency Announcement, published here, describes Hallmark-ST as an enterprise software architecture for the integration of multiple tools and capabilities for supporting space enterprise command and control.

To add spice to the project, DARPA wants the platform to ultimately support tools and data sources at multiple levels of security classification .

They also serve, who only stand and point - DARPA's Hallmark concept art

In the longer term, DARPA would like to deploy the systems into a long-term testbed, the Hallmark Space Evaluation and Analysis Capability, which it hopes to set up in North Virginia.

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Robert Tuohy 2016-10-13
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DARPA DARPA just gave a paralyzed man back the sense of touch

through the use of a brain implant.

It's a revolutionary breakthrough for the Pentagon's research and

development shop, which hooked up a human subject named Nathan

arm controlled by a brain implant that could

send information back and forth.

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Manuel Darcangelo 2019-07-12
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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has announced the winners of technical excellence awards to be presented during the 2019 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum.

Winners include the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), NASA, Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, and Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The following aerospace professionals will be recognized for their outstanding contributions in their field having been chosen by their peers from related AIAA technical committees:

2019 AIAA Space Automation and Robotics Award

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Received by: Dr. Fred Kennedy, DARPA

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Annie Kelley 2017-10-17
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Regina Dugan just announced that she’ll be leaving Facebook’s Building 8.

Today we’re having a quick peek at what she’s done over the past couple of decades – and have a guess at what she might be doing next.

How long does it take to prepare for a run for State Representative in 2018?

In the year 1996, Dugan became program manager at DARPA.

In the year 2009, Dugan became the 19th Director of DARPA, and the first woman to lead the government agency.

In 2012, she left her government role at DARPA to take an executive position at Google.

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Gerardo Diaz 2016-07-20
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DARPA has a new program called CHIPS, which is short for Common Heterogenous Integration and Intellectual Property Reuse Strategies Program.

CHIPS seeks innovation as complex as the name behind the acronym: the taking of modern printed circuit boards and doing away with them via the development of miniature, modular chiplets.

Says DARPA, it wants an entire PCB to be condensed down into a single device that is about the size of one present-day chip.

DARPA doesn t say exactly why it wants these chips, but does state that they could be used in future computing efforts that require a lot of data to be moved quickly, things like using computers to pick out specific objects from live video feeds at an efficient rate.

The modular chip system DARPA envisions will make it possible for data to move between chips more quickly than current technologies allow for.

The research agency is referring to these modular chips as chiplets, and it foresees a future in which commercial chiplets are made available.

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Michael Vaughn 2019-05-22
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DARPA eggheads want brain-machine interfaces that work at the speed of soldiers' thoughts.

DARPA, the US military's boffinry nerve center, is trying to fulfill the science-fiction dream of developing non-surgical brain-machine interfaces so soldiers can comfortably control weapon systems with their minds.

On Tuesday, it announced funding for six teams at the Battelle Memorial Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Rice University, and Teledyne Scientific in America to build these types of devices under the aegis of its Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) project.

We understand the payments will be dished out over the next four years as the teams progress.

“DARPA is preparing for a future in which a combination of unmanned systems, artificial intelligence, and cyber operations may cause conflicts to play out on timelines that are too short for humans to effectively manage with current technology alone,” said Al Emondi, the program manager of the N3 project.

“By creating a more accessible brain-machine interface that doesn’t require surgery to use, DARPA could deliver tools that allow mission commanders to remain meaningfully involved in dynamic operations that unfold at rapid speed.”

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Geekz Snow 2019-08-09
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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is experimenting with using a swarm of autonomous drones and ground robots to assist with military missions.

In a video of a recent test, DARPA showed how its robots analyzed two city blocks to find, surround, and secure a mock city building.

DARPA conducted its test back in June in Georgia, featuring both drones and ground-based robots.

The demonstration was part of DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program, which is designed to eventually accompany small infantry units as they work in dense urban environments, and could eventually scale up to 250 drones and ground robots.

The test back in June was the second of six planned tests, which DARPA says will increase in complexity as they happen over the next couple of years.

While individual drones can be useful, a swarm of them would be more difficult for someone to eliminate if they don’t want to be seen.

collect
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Paul Kliebert 2021-07-28
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Researchers from Oregon State University have created a bipedal robot called Cassie. Recently, Cassie traveled five kilometers, completing the entire journey in just over 53 minutes, making history in the process. Cassie was developed with direction from robotics Professor Jonathan Hurst with a 16 month, $1 million grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US Department of Defense. … Continue reading
Frank Wilkerson 2021-04-12
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DARPA has announced the recipients of its phase-one Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) contracts, an initiative that paves the way for future nuclear thermal propulsion spacecraft systems. In explaining the purpose of its DRACO program, DARPA says that current space propulsion systems aren’t able to offer the ‘rapid maneuver’ capabilities it needs. The first phase of DARPA’s DRACO … Continue reading
Betty Gribble 2019-01-22
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Launch startup Rocket Lab is following the success of its first couple commercial launches by adding a prestigious (and deep-pocketed) new client: DARPA.

The New Zealand-based company will send an experimental satellite called R3D2 into low Earth orbit sometime in late February if all goes well.

DARPA is of course the Defense Department’s research wing, and it probably has whole file folders filled with experiments it would like to send up to orbit but has deferred from because of cost or timing restrictions.

Rocket Lab’s whole business model is to make launches cheap and frequent so neither of those apply, and DARPA seems willing to give it a shot.

“The Department of Defense has prioritized rapid acquisition of small satellite and launch capabilities.

By relying on commercial acquisition practices, DARPA streamlined the R3D2 mission from conception through launch services acquisition,” explained DARPA’s Fred Kennedy, director of the Tactical Technology Office, in a news release.

James Desmond 2018-09-07
img

The Department of Defense has vowed to spend $2 billion on artificial intelligence projects over the next half-decade.

The program will focus on advancing the nation’s AI capabilities, primarily involving the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, more commonly called DARPA.

The agency’s director Steven Walker revealed the new plan today.

Under this “third wave” project, DARPA will use the funds for dozens of new AI-based programs, all of them aimed at improving the US’s artificial intelligence capabilities.

Among other things, DARPA is interested in giving machines the ability to communicate and think like humans, hints of which we’ve seen from existing DARPA projects.

The move will help the US keep pace with China, which has notably shoveled resources into AI-based research.

William Franklin 2016-07-05
img

No compatible source was found for this video.

How Darpa Is Making Hacking Into a Spectator Sport

I am a skip button.

On a giant flat-screen TV in an old Emeryville, California warehouse, a floating orb fires red, blue, pink, and yellow beams into a honeycomb of hexagonal blocks.

So, to prove it can work, Darpa is going all Tron, visually recreating what goes on inside those seven machines.

says Mike Walker, the veteran white-hat hacker turned Darpa program manager who oversees the Grand Challenge.

Robert Tuohy 2016-10-13
img

DARPA DARPA just gave a paralyzed man back the sense of touch

through the use of a brain implant.

It's a revolutionary breakthrough for the Pentagon's research and

development shop, which hooked up a human subject named Nathan

arm controlled by a brain implant that could

send information back and forth.

Annie Kelley 2017-10-17
img

Regina Dugan just announced that she’ll be leaving Facebook’s Building 8.

Today we’re having a quick peek at what she’s done over the past couple of decades – and have a guess at what she might be doing next.

How long does it take to prepare for a run for State Representative in 2018?

In the year 1996, Dugan became program manager at DARPA.

In the year 2009, Dugan became the 19th Director of DARPA, and the first woman to lead the government agency.

In 2012, she left her government role at DARPA to take an executive position at Google.

Michael Vaughn 2019-05-22
img

DARPA eggheads want brain-machine interfaces that work at the speed of soldiers' thoughts.

DARPA, the US military's boffinry nerve center, is trying to fulfill the science-fiction dream of developing non-surgical brain-machine interfaces so soldiers can comfortably control weapon systems with their minds.

On Tuesday, it announced funding for six teams at the Battelle Memorial Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Rice University, and Teledyne Scientific in America to build these types of devices under the aegis of its Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) project.

We understand the payments will be dished out over the next four years as the teams progress.

“DARPA is preparing for a future in which a combination of unmanned systems, artificial intelligence, and cyber operations may cause conflicts to play out on timelines that are too short for humans to effectively manage with current technology alone,” said Al Emondi, the program manager of the N3 project.

“By creating a more accessible brain-machine interface that doesn’t require surgery to use, DARPA could deliver tools that allow mission commanders to remain meaningfully involved in dynamic operations that unfold at rapid speed.”

Danny Duck 2021-04-15
img
DARPA has announced that it has awarded contracts for the first phase of the Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) program. The program’s stated goal is to demonstrate a nuclear thermal propulsion system above low Earth orbit by 2025. The trio of prime contractors selected by DARPA includes General Atomics, Blue Origin, and Lockheed Martin. DARPA says that rapid … Continue reading
Jackie Brown 2021-03-23
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DARPA has a collaborative air combat autonomy program that has made significant strides in recent months. The program is called Air Combat Evolution (ACE), and DARPA has announced that it’s halfway through phase 1. During its progress so far, ACE has eclipsed several key accomplishments in anticipation of live subscale aerial dogfights in phase 2 later this year. Thus far, … Continue reading
Robert Flenard 2018-10-08
img

DARPA stands for “Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,” but while defense is good and all, what they’re really into is that P, for projects.

The agency is focused on the development of breakthrough technology, and its sights are focused on the enormous potential of artificial intelligence — and their funding for AI projects is huge by any measure and available to applicants far beyond the traditional defense community.

As a 60th birthday present for itself, DARPA launched the the AI Next campaign this past September, announcing a $2 billion investment applied to AI in a variety areas over a period of five years — or about $400 million a year, says Brian Pierce, Director of the Information Innovation Office at DARPA, and a notable speaker at this year’s VB Summit, October 22-23 in Mill Valley, CA.

DARPA-funded initiatives like their previous Grand Challenges and the Urban Challenge, with $2 million dollars in first-place prize money, resulted in leaps in evolution for the autonomous car.

Plus, DARPA investment allowed an audio electronics company in the Bay area to develop that low-cost lidar system for sensing in self-driving vehicles.

The mission of AI Next is to take artificial intelligence into the next wave of its evolution, and trigger a whole new level of innovation, Pierce says.

Brian Williams 2016-06-01
img

An artist's concept of DARPA's Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 , a proposed robotic space vehicle that could fly 10 times in 10 days and lower the cost of putting satellites in orbit.

In early 2017, DARPA is expected to select one group to move forward with the construction of an XS-1 prototype for flight testing.

In an era of declining budgets and adversaries evolving capabilities, quick, affordable and routine access to space is increasingly critical for both national and economic security," DARPA officials wrote in a statement on the agency's website.

"Current satellite launch systems, however, require scheduling years in advance for an extremely limited inventory of available slots.

"DARPA created its Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 program to help overcome these challenges and create a new paradigm for more routine, responsive and affordable space operations, reducing the time to get capabilities to space," officials said in the statement.

DARPA announced in April that it had received funding from the Obama Administration to move into Phase 2.

David Carter 2016-06-21
img

DARPA wants to out-Star-Trek the Trekkies and create the kind of flight deck it reckons it'll need to cope with a future when hostilities could extend to space.

The high-tech-looking rooms full of screens you see in a televised rocket launch are, in fact, obsolete.

As DARPA says in its outreach , the thousands of objects ranging from the predictable geostationary satellites, low-earth-orbit constellations, and way too much junk, are a tough challenge for commanders overseeing the nation s increasingly critical space assets .

The Broad Agency Announcement, published here, describes Hallmark-ST as an enterprise software architecture for the integration of multiple tools and capabilities for supporting space enterprise command and control.

To add spice to the project, DARPA wants the platform to ultimately support tools and data sources at multiple levels of security classification .

They also serve, who only stand and point - DARPA's Hallmark concept art

In the longer term, DARPA would like to deploy the systems into a long-term testbed, the Hallmark Space Evaluation and Analysis Capability, which it hopes to set up in North Virginia.

Manuel Darcangelo 2019-07-12
img

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has announced the winners of technical excellence awards to be presented during the 2019 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum.

Winners include the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), NASA, Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, and Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The following aerospace professionals will be recognized for their outstanding contributions in their field having been chosen by their peers from related AIAA technical committees:

2019 AIAA Space Automation and Robotics Award

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Received by: Dr. Fred Kennedy, DARPA

Gerardo Diaz 2016-07-20
img

DARPA has a new program called CHIPS, which is short for Common Heterogenous Integration and Intellectual Property Reuse Strategies Program.

CHIPS seeks innovation as complex as the name behind the acronym: the taking of modern printed circuit boards and doing away with them via the development of miniature, modular chiplets.

Says DARPA, it wants an entire PCB to be condensed down into a single device that is about the size of one present-day chip.

DARPA doesn t say exactly why it wants these chips, but does state that they could be used in future computing efforts that require a lot of data to be moved quickly, things like using computers to pick out specific objects from live video feeds at an efficient rate.

The modular chip system DARPA envisions will make it possible for data to move between chips more quickly than current technologies allow for.

The research agency is referring to these modular chips as chiplets, and it foresees a future in which commercial chiplets are made available.

Geekz Snow 2019-08-09
img

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is experimenting with using a swarm of autonomous drones and ground robots to assist with military missions.

In a video of a recent test, DARPA showed how its robots analyzed two city blocks to find, surround, and secure a mock city building.

DARPA conducted its test back in June in Georgia, featuring both drones and ground-based robots.

The demonstration was part of DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program, which is designed to eventually accompany small infantry units as they work in dense urban environments, and could eventually scale up to 250 drones and ground robots.

The test back in June was the second of six planned tests, which DARPA says will increase in complexity as they happen over the next couple of years.

While individual drones can be useful, a swarm of them would be more difficult for someone to eliminate if they don’t want to be seen.