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darpaUS Air Force has $1.2 billion in new hypersonic weapon spending to catch up to Russia and China

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The U.S. Air Force this week awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $928 million contract to develop a prototype hypersonic cruise missile, or the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon. The project is one of two hypersonic weapon prototyping efforts the service is …

darpaBoeing HorizonX Invests in Reaction Engines which is on track to 2020 hypersonic airplane engine test

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Reaction Engines Limited (‘Reaction Engines’) today announced that it has raised a further £26.5 million in a strategic fundraising by securing backing from some of the most influential names in aerospace and finance which will support its development of SABRETM …

darpaHypersonic warhead being developed with 3D printed parts in the Hypersonic weapons race

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Orbital ATK has been developing Lethality Enhanced Ordnance technology, or LEO. Instead of submunitions, LEO relies on inert projectiles placed inside the warhead. In tests, the Orbital ATK warheads with LEO technology achieved the Army’s stated requirements for area effectiveness, …

darpaDARPA works toward coordinating swarms of 250+ drones

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DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program envisions future small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and/or small unmanned ground systems (UGSs) in swarms of 250 robots or more to accomplish diverse missions in complex urban environments. By leveraging …

darpaDARPA tries to create real life biostasis to give more time to treat injured people

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In Star Trek and other science fiction shows, Dr. McCoy and others often place their patients into stasis. Stasis freezes, stops or greatly slows the biological processes. DARPA is now trying to do this in real life. DARPA wants to …

darpaDARPA wants epigenome scanners that can detect any past exposure to WMDs

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DARPA’s new Epigenetic CHaracterization and Observation (ECHO) program aims to build a field-deployable platform technology that quickly reads someone’s epigenome and identifies signatures that indicate whether that person has ever—in his or her lifetime—been exposed to materials that could be …

cyborgDARPA wants to combine DC’s Aquaman sea life control and Cyborg powers to monitor the oceans

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DARPA wants to use genetically modified sealife that is integrated with electronics in order to monitor the oceans. The Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program envisions using the natural sensing capabilities of marine organisms to detect the presence of underwater …

darpaDARPA will kick off a space launch competition in April, 2018

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DARPA will kick off a space launch competition in two months. Currently the only details are they want fast launches. DARPA has previously funded efforts to develop a spaceplane able to achieve ten launches in ten days but this has …

darpaDARPA aims for 100-fold performance improvement for defense-related sensors and devices

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The performance and reliability of quantum sensors and devices is dependent on the length of time the underlying quantum states can remain coherent. If you wait long enough, interactions with the environment will make the state behave like a conventional …

darpaDARPA funds nanoscale magnetic materials for super computer memory and quantum info processing

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A team of Ohio State researchers has received a $6.34 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop novel magnetic materials by unlocking the power of skyrmions, nanoscale spin textures that offer promise for storage miniaturization. …