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darpaAstra Rocket Vertical for Launch Rehersal

Astra rocket “1 of 3” has been vertical position at the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska. Today the team is going through “wet dress rehearsal” in which the liquid propellant will be added to the rocket, but not fired. See …

darpaAstra Launching Rockets Moved in a Shipping Container Needing Only Days to Prepare

Astra Space is developing pump-fed, liquid bipropellant propulsion engines for DARPA and NASA. The current vehicle, Rocket 3.0, is designed to have a payload capacity of approximately 100 kg to low earth orbit. The first Rocket 3.0 vehicle has completed …

businessBoeing Cancels Spaceplane as Fourth Quarter Could See $1 Billion Loss

Boeing canceled a vertical takeoff, horizontal landing (VTHL) rocket called the Phantom Express. It was going to be 100 feet (30 m) tall and have a 62 foot (19 m) wingspan. The Phantom express would use an Aerojet Rocketdyne AR-22 …

darpaDARPA Nucleic Technology Funded to Get Virus Response to 1-60 Days

DARPA launched the Pandemic Prevention Platform program (P3) to stop pandemic treatments within 60 days of detection. The P3 program, which began in 2017, seeks to halt the spread of any infectious disease outbreak before it can escalate into a …

darpaPre-Cooler for Hypersonic Spaceplane Cools From 1,000°C in Less Than 0.05 Seconds

Reaction Engines has successfully tested its innovative precooler at airflow temperature conditions representing Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound, marking a significant milestone in the development of its SABRE™ engine and paving the way for a revolution …

brain interfacesDARPA Funds Wearable Brain Interfaces

DARPA funds Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program to make wearable brain interfaces. Battelle Memorial Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Rice University, and Teledyne Scientific are leading multidisciplinary teams to develop …

darpaDARPA Wants to Include Scalable Defense Mechanisms into Chip Designs

Cybersecurity threats have moved from high in the software stack to towards the underlying hardware. The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) has driven the creation of a rapidly growing number of accessible devices and a multitude of complex …

darpaSwarms of 250 Drones Will Support US Troops in Urban Combat

DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program wants swarms of 250 collaborative autonomous systems providing critical capabilities to ground units in urban areas where challenges such as tall buildings, tight spaces, and limited sight lines constrain essential communications, sensing, maneuverability, and …