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2020/01/22 Protecting Wideband RF Systems in Congested Electromagnetic Environments

Wed, 2020-01-22 00:00
Today's electromagnetic (EM) spectrum is a scarce resource that is becoming increasingly congested and contested as friendly, unfriendly, and neutral entities vie for available spectrum resources at any given time, location, and frequency. Within the Department of Defense (DoD), radio frequency (RF) systems, such as communications networks and radar, must operate within this congested environment and contend with mission-compromising interference from both self- and externally generated signals. A desire to support wideband EM spectrum operations also adds to the burden, as current approaches to mitigating wideband receiver interference are sub-optimal and force compromises around signal sensitivity, bandwidth usage, and system performance.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/01/17 Gremlins Program Completes First Flight Test for X-61A Vehicle

Fri, 2020-01-17 00:00
DARPA's Gremlins program has completed the first flight test of its X-61A vehicle. The test in late November at the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah included one captive-carry mission aboard a C-130A and an airborne launch and free flight lasting just over an hour-and-a-half.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/01/14 Operational Fires Program Advances to Phase 3, Targets System Development and Integration

Tue, 2020-01-14 00:00
The joint DARPA/U.S. Army Operational Fires (OpFires) program is moving into Phase 3 to further develop and integrate ongoing propulsion system designs into a missile system, including the launcher, electronics, and payload. OpFires aims to develop and demonstrate a novel ground-launched system, enabling hypersonic boost glide weapons to penetrate modern enemy air defenses and rapidly and precisely engage critical time-sensitive targets from a highly mobile launch platform.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/01/10 DARPA Names Qualifiers for the Subterranean Challenge Urban Circuit

Fri, 2020-01-10 00:00
Seventeen teams have qualified to participate in the DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Urban Circuit. Eleven teams will compete in the Systems competition at Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington, Feb. 18-27, 2020. Eight teams qualified to participate in the Virtual competition, which will run Jan. 23-30. Two teams will compete in both Virtual and Systems events.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/12/12 Drinking Water, on Demand and from Air

Thu, 2019-12-12 00:00
Providing potable drinking water to deployed troops operating in low resource or contested environments is no simple undertaking. Logistics teams face great risk delivering water and often incur what would otherwise be preventable casualties. DARPA's new Atmospheric Water Extraction (AWE) program sets out to sharply reduce that risk by giving deployed units the technology to capture potable water on the spot from the air in quantities sufficient to meet daily needs of the warfighter, even in extremely dry areas of the world.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/11/22 Researchers Set to Decode Biological Circuitry That Drives Peak Performance and Resilience

Fri, 2019-11-22 00:00
DARPA's Measuring Biological Aptitude (MBA) program begins and ends with the men and women of the United States military. The program - first announced in January 2019 - centers on how service members can access the potential of their own biological systems to achieve peak results across a range of military specializations, and aims for a detailed understanding of how measurement of those systems in real time can help service members perform at their maximum potential.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/11/21 Powering Future Optical Microsystems with Chip-Scale Integrated Photonics

Thu, 2019-11-21 00:00
Lasers are essential to many fields – ranging from optical communications and remote sensing, to manufacturing and medicine. While the semiconductor laser was first demonstrated nearly 60 years ago, advances in diode lasers and access to semiconductor fabrication techniques have enabled continued innovation and miniaturization of the technology. Photonic integrated circuits (PICs), which combine many photonic elements onto a single chip, have also transformed the way lasers and other optical systems are engineered, creating improvements in size, weight, and power (SWaP), system performance, and enabling new functionality. Despite these advances, a number of obstacles still hamper the proliferation of optical systems for defense and commercial applications.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/11/15 Gene Editors Could Find New Use as Rapid Detectors of Pathogenic Threats

Fri, 2019-11-15 00:00
In a twist on how gene editing technology might be applied in the future, DARPA's newest biotechnology funding opportunity aims to incorporate gene editors into detectors for distributed health biosurveillance and rapid, point-of-need diagnostics for endemic, emerging, and engineered pathogenic threats. The "Detect It with Gene Editing Technologies" (DIGET) program could help the Department of Defense maintain force readiness by informing rapid medical response and increasing the standard of care for troops, and preserve geopolitical stability by preventing the spread of infectious disease from becoming a driver of conflict.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/11/13 DARPA’s Angler Program Awards Contracts to Advance Autonomous Underwater Systems

Wed, 2019-11-13 00:00
DARPA has awarded six contracts for work on the Angler program, which aims to pioneer the next generation of autonomous underwater robotic systems capable of physical intervention in the deep ocean environment. This class of future unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) must overcome reliance on GPS and human intervention to support infrastructure establishment, maintenance, and resilience over the vastness of the ocean. The Angler program seeks to merge breakthroughs in terrestrial and space robotics, as well as underwater sensing, to develop autonomous robotic solutions capable of navigating and surveying ocean depths, and physically manipulating human-made objects of interest.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/11/12 Subterranean Challenge Identifies Urban Circuit Location, Updates Prize Amounts

Tue, 2019-11-12 00:00
The DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Urban Circuit will take place Feb. 18-27, 2020, at Satsop Business Park west of Olympia, Washington. In the SubT Challenge, teams deploy autonomous ground and aerial systems to attempt to map, identify, and report artifacts along two competition courses. The artifacts represent items a first responder or service member may encounter in underground environments.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/10/30 Teams Complete SubT Challenge Virtual Tunnel Circuit

Wed, 2019-10-30 00:00
With 50 total points, Coordinated Robotics finished in first place in the DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Virtual Tunnel Circuit event, and as the top self-funded team, earned $250,000. Eight teams developed, tested, and submitted their software-based solutions for simulation-based evaluation on the SubT Virtual Testbed.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/10/24 GatorWings Wins DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge

Thu, 2019-10-24 00:00
DARPA today announced that GatorWings, a team of undergraduate students, Ph.D. candidates, and professors from the University of Florida are the winners of the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) – a three-year competition to unlock the true potential of the radio frequency (RF) spectrum with artificial intelligence (AI). DARPA hosted the championship event at Mobile World Congress 2019 (MWC19) Los Angeles in front of a live audience. SC2's final 10 competitors and their AI-enabled radios went head-to-head during six rounds of competitive play. GatorWings emerged victorious, taking home first place and the $2 million grand prize.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/10/22 DARPA Updates Competitor Field for Flexible, Responsive Launch to Orbit

Tue, 2019-10-22 00:00
In early 2020, one team will attempt to win a $10 million prize in the DARPA Launch Challenge. The Challenge aims to increase the flexibility and pace of space launch to put assets into low Earth orbit to meet national security priorities.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/10/21 DARPA Picks Teams for Virtual Air Combat Competition

Mon, 2019-10-21 00:00
DARPA has selected eight teams to compete in the AlphaDogfight Trials, a virtual competition designed to demonstrate advanced artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that can perform simulated within-visual-range air combat maneuvering, colloquially known as a dogfight.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/10/17 New Generation of Intelligent Bio-Interfaces Could Overcome Aspects of Spinal Cord Injury

Thu, 2019-10-17 00:00
Spinal cord injury disrupts the connection between brain and body, causing devastating loss of physiological function to the wounded warfighter. In addition to paralysis, service members living with these injuries exhibit increased long-term morbidity due to factors such as respiratory and cardiovascular complications. Bridging the Gap Plus (BG+), a new DARPA program that combines neurotechnology, artificial intelligence, and biological sensors, opens the possibility of overcoming the worst effects of spinal cord injuries by promoting healing at the wound site and interfacing with the nervous system at points around the body to restore natural functions such as breathing, bowel and bladder control, movement, touch, and proprioception that can be lost when the spinal cord is damaged.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/10/15 Safe Genes Tool Kit Takes Shape

Tue, 2019-10-15 00:00
DARPA launched the Safe Genes program in 2017 to establish a "safety by design" strategy for guiding the development of an array of powerful, emergent genome editing technologies. Consistent with the National Biodefense Strategy published last year, DARPA's goals for Safe Genes are to mitigate the risks and security concerns related to the accidental or intentional misuse of such technologies and, at the same time, enable the pursuit of novel genetic solutions that support public health and military force protection and readiness.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/10/14 Rapidly Patching Legacy Software Vulnerabilities in Mission-Critical Systems

Mon, 2019-10-14 00:00
There are a vast number of diverse computing devices used to run the critical infrastructure our national security depends on – from transportation systems to electric grids to industrial equipment. Much like commercial or personal computing devices, these systems utilize embedded software to execute and manage their operations. To fix certain security vulnerabilities, commercial and personal devices must undergo frequent updates, and are replaced every few years – or on occasion, more frequently when an update fails. Mission-critical systems are built to last for decades, and rarely have the same short upgrade cycles.
Categories: Department of Defense