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2021/07/14 DARPA Announces Teams Qualifying for Subterranean Challenge Virtual Competition Finals

Wed, 2021-07-14 00:00
Twelve teams have qualified for the DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Virtual Competition Final Event, to be held September 21-24, where $1.5-million of prizes are at stake. Their algorithms will guide virtual versions of real robots as they drive or fly through unfamiliar simulated underground courses and locate items of interest such as injured survivors, cell phones, backpacks, and even hazardous gas.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/07/13 Developing Cohesive, Domestic Rare Earth Element (REE) Technologies

Tue, 2021-07-13 00:00
Rare Earth Elements (REEs) are a group of 17 similar metals that are critical material components of many DoD systems, including lasers, precision-guided weapons, magnets for motors, and other devices.1 Although the U.S. has adequate domestic REE resources, its supply chain is vulnerable due to dependence on foreign entities for separation and purification of these elements. "Biomining," an approach that uses microbes to extract or separate target metals like gold or copper from a variety of sources is not yet useful for REEs because of poor specificity and selectivity of the microbes for REEs.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/07/12 DARPA Announces Researchers to Exploit Infrared Spectrum for Understanding 3D Scenes

Mon, 2021-07-12 00:00
DARPA has selected four industry and university research teams for the Invisible Headlights program, which seeks to determine if it's possible for autonomous vehicles to navigate in complete darkness using only passive sensors.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/07/07 Blackjack Program Successfully Deploys Two Mandrake 2 Satellites

Wed, 2021-07-07 00:00
DARPA successfully deployed two satellites on June 30 as part of the SpaceX Transporter 2 launch. Both Mandrake 2 spacecraft, Able and Baker, are functioning well and progressing through checkout and commissioning. Conceived as an early risk-reduction flight for DARPA's Blackjack program, the Mandrake 2 mission will prove out advanced laser communications technologies for a broad government stakeholder team that includes DARPA, Space Development Agency (SDA), Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV), and Office of the Secretary of Defense's (OSD) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) office.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/07/02 DARPA Announces Research Teams to Develop Intelligent Event-Based Imagers

Fri, 2021-07-02 00:00
DARPA today announced that three teams of researchers led by Raytheon, BAE Systems, and Northrop Grumman have been selected to develop event-based infrared (IR) camera technologies under the Fast Event-based Neuromorphic Camera and Electronics (FENCE) program. Event-based - or neuromorphic - cameras are an emerging class of sensors with demonstrated advantages relative to traditional imagers. These advanced models operate asynchronously and only transmit information about pixels that have changed. This means they produce significantly less data and operate with much lower latency and power.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/06/30 Episode 46: The Jet Packer

Wed, 2021-06-30 00:00
In this episode of the Voices from DARPA podcast, Alexander (Xander) Walan, a program manager since 2017 in the agency's Tactical Technology Office, pegs the source of his lifelong fascination with aircraft and flight to the Chicago Air and Water Shows his dad took him and his four siblings to when they were children. At DARPA, he has applied that interest, his training in aeronautical engineering, a 22-year career in the Air Force overseeing some 70 technology-development programs, and an MBA, to his oversight of programs featuring DARPA's signature audacity.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/06/30 DARPA Open Sources FETT Bug Bounty Hardware Evaluation Platform, Tools

Wed, 2021-06-30 00:00
Last year, DARPA conducted its first bug bounty program - the Finding Exploits to Thwart Tampering (FETT) Bug Bounty - to evaluate hardware protections in development on the System Security Integration Through Hardware and firmware (SSITH) program. SSITH is exploring hardware security architectures and tools that protect electronic systems against common classes of hardware vulnerabilities exploited through software, with the goal of breaking the endless cycle of software patch-and-pray.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/06/22 PROTEUS Transitions to Marine Corps Warfighting Lab

Tue, 2021-06-22 00:00
Following recent successful experimentation with Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, DARPA's Prototype Resilient Operations Testbed for Expeditionary Urban Scenarios (PROTEUS) will transition to the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) in Quantico, Virginia.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/06/21 Ensuring Continuity of Knowledge During Unit Rotations, Individual Replacements

Mon, 2021-06-21 00:00
A challenge for the military, whose members change duty stations every few years and deploy regularly, is ensuring efficient and effective knowledge handover during transitions. Currently, the transfer of key organizational task information and understanding of unique local issues is largely ad hoc: onboarding briefings, right-seat/left-seat rides, conversations, knowledge management (KM) databases, lessons learned reports, turnover folders, emails, and even handwritten notes - all of which require time-consuming manual collection, maintenance, and dissemination that are prone to gaps.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/06/21 Operational Fires Program Completes Successful Rocket Engine Tests

Mon, 2021-06-21 00:00
DARPA's Operational Fires (OpFires) program, which is developing and demonstrating new technologies for ground-launched medium-range hypersonic weapons, successfully completed full-scale static test firing of a unique second stage propulsion system. This high-performance, solid-fuel "throttleable" rocket motor can be turned off before burning through all of its fuel, potentially allowing a missile to hit targets located anywhere within a medium-range continuum.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/06/10 Filtering Out Interference for Next-Generation Wideband Arrays

Thu, 2021-06-10 00:00
DARPA has spent decades advancing technologies that provide enhanced situational awareness, perhaps most notably phased arrays. Having the ability to detect and monitor adversarial movement or communications provides significant advantage to U.S. military operations. For pilots in air-to-air combat, for example, advanced radar capabilities arguably give a more decisive edge than a higher maximum speed.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/06/10 Developing Morphogenic Electrochemical Interfaces

Thu, 2021-06-10 00:00
Persistent battery power and anti-corrosion coatings are key to sustaining military operations. Batteries power everything from tactical radios and handheld devices to unmanned systems. Protective coatings shield flight surfaces, rotor blades, and ship hulls from corrosion caused by humidity, sand, and saltwater. A challenge to creating more persistent batteries and coatings, however, is the inability to address microscopic irregularities that form at the interfaces of electrochemical materials.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/06/09 DARPA Announces 2021 Electronics Resurgence Initiative Summit & MTO Symposium

Wed, 2021-06-09 00:00
DARPA today announced that the 2021 Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) Summit & Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) Symposium will be held virtually from October 19-21. Now in its fourth year, the Summit will once again bring together leaders from across the electronics ecosystem to showcase technical achievements from DARPA's five-year, $1.5B investment in the advancement of the U.S. semiconductor industry. This year's event will also celebrate MTO's 30th anniversary, recognizing the many contributions the office has made to the microsystems field throughout its history.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/06/08 Episode 45: Ushering Microelectronics into Its Next Era

Tue, 2021-06-08 00:00
In this episode of the Voices form DARPA podcast, listeners will get a status report on DARPA's ambitious and expansive Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) as they learn about the many touchpoints that DARPA and the microelectronics sector have shared over the past half-century. Also in the podcast is a preview of a follow-on effort, ERI 2.0., which is designed to accelerate the transition of foundational research and development into prototyping, manufacturing, and delivery of next-generation microelectronics technologies.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/06/07 Mobile Force Protection Program Concludes with Successful Demonstration

Mon, 2021-06-07 00:00
In recent tests at Eglin Air Force Base, DARPA's Mobile Force Protection (MFP) program demonstrated a Counter-Unmanned Air System (C-UAS) multilayer defense architecture to defeat unauthorized drone intrusions over military installations or operations. Development of this low-cost reusable drone interceptor system approach began four years ago with the aim of creating an integrated system for thwarting attacks from self-guided small unmanned aircraft. The goal is to protect high value convoys moving through potentially populated regions where there is a requirement to avoid using explosive defensive weapons and mitigate collateral damage.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/05/25 Episode 44: Sounds of Innovation 3

Tue, 2021-05-25 00:00
"Go into a science or engineering laboratory. Close your eyes. And listen," suggests the host of Sounds of Innovation, an intermittent feature of the agency's Voices from DARPA podcast. Or you could just check out the newly posted installment of the feature and eavesdrop on some of the soundscapes of DARPA-supported research.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/05/21 Enabling Human Control of Autonomous Partners

Fri, 2021-05-21 00:00
A major benefit of increasingly advanced automation and artificial intelligence technology is decreased workload and greater safety for humans - whether it's driving a vehicle, piloting an airplane, or patrolling a dangerous street in a deployed location with the aid of autonomous ground and airborne squad mates. But when there's a technology glitch and machines don't function as designed, human partners in human-machine teams may quickly become overwhelmed trying to understand their environment at a critical moment - especially when they've become accustomed to and reliant on the machine's capabilities.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/05/11 Developing Field Deployable, Shelf-stable Whole Blood Substitutes to Treat Hemorrhage

Tue, 2021-05-11 00:00
In military, and many civilian settings, hemorrhage is the leading cause of potentially survivable, traumatic pre-hospital death. 1, 2, 3 Transfusion of whole blood is the preferred resuscitation fluid in tactical combat casualty care. 4 However, its use in far-forward operations is challenging because of storage requirements, limited shelf-life, and logistical constraints. DARPA's new Fieldable Solutions for Hemorrhage with bio-Artificial Resuscitation Products (FSHARP) program aims to leverage recent technical advances to meet the critical and immediate need for blood product alternatives.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/05/10 DARPA Announces Researchers to Tackle Common Travelers’ Issues that Impact Force Readiness

Mon, 2021-05-10 00:00
While jet lag and foodborne pathogens are inconveniences for an average traveler, they are critical challenges to operational readiness for a warfighter and can be the difference between mission success or failure. To maximize warfighter performance, the ADvanced Acclimation and Protection Tool for Environmental Readiness (ADAPTER) program will develop systems to provide warfighters control over their own physiology.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/05/07 DARPA Seeks “Always On” Interconnected Networks for Multidomain Missions

Fri, 2021-05-07 00:00
Available and reliable tactical data and communications networks are critical in modern warfare - especially as adversaries seek to disrupt the flow of information across space, air, maritime, ground, and cyber nodes. Current military networks, however, are manually and statically configured, stove piped, prone to error, and don't scale easily.
Categories: Department of Defense

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