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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 …

darpaRocket Lab Launching DARPA Membrane Antenna Satellite

Today Rocket Labs is counting down to launch a DARPA called Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration (R3D2) that will test technologies for deployable antennas. Once in orbit, R3D2 will deploy a Kapton membrane that will expand to a diameter …

artificial intelligenceEconomic Growth and AI Progress Depends on Better Hardware

Improved computer performance has been driving the boom in deep learning and artificial intelligence. 50% of the productivity growth for the world for the past 40 years in the US and the world came from the massive improvements in computer …

artificial intelligenceThe End of Moore’s Law in Detail and Starting a New Golden Age

John Hennessy talked about the end of Moore’s Law and the start of a new golden age. He described the specifics of how general computer chips from Intel and others were sped up over decades. Speed came from scaling, parallelism …

darpaDARPA Developing Next Generation Materials for Hypersonic Planes and Weapons

There two main challenges for hypersonic weapons and vehicles are for engines and rockets to generate the speed and for materials that can survive at the extreme temperatures. Moving at hypersonic speeds of 5 to 25 or more times the …