Archive: DARPA


DARPA Launch Challenge Program Nears Releasing RFI For Potential Payloads

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) will soon issue a request for information on commercial and government payloads it could use in an upcoming launch competition, an agency official said May 23. The RFI will be “coming out in the next week or two,” said Todd Master, program manager for the DARPA Launch Challenge. […]


DoD Nominee: U.S. Talent Not Focused On Future Weapons

China has shot ahead of the United States in developing futuristic military technologies like hypersonics and artificial intelligence because the Pentagon’s risk-averse culture repels the innovative talent needed to tackle those problems, according to a prospective Defense Department scientist. The United States is falling behind its most potent strategic competitor not because it lacks the […]


DARPA Sees Strong Interest In Competition To Spur Rapid Space Launches

More than 20 teams have indicated they might participate in the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA’s) Launch Challenge, a competition designed to promote rapid access to space for the Department of Defense, the agency said May 7. During the challenge, which is slated for late 2019, each participant will be expected to launch a […]

Under DARPA's Gremlins program, Dynetics Inc. will launch and recover unmanned aerial vehicles from a C-130. (Artist's rendering courtesy of Dynetics)

DARPA Picks Dynetics To Launch, Recover UAVs From Manned Plane

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has tapped Dynetics Inc. to conduct a demonstration in which a manned C-130 transport plane will launch and recover small unmanned aerial vehicles in mid-air. The Dynetics-led team has received a 21-month, $38.6 million contract award to carry out the test for DARPA’s Gremlins program, the Pentagon announced late April 17. By […]

Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity

To Attract Innovation, DoD Spy Lab Lets Researchers Keep Intellectual Property

When it poses a scientific problem to the world, the Pentagon’s research laboratory for spies never asks respondents to surrender their intellectual property because doing so scares off innovative startup businesses “We leave it to the inventor,” said Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, often referred to as the Defense Advanced […]

DARPA Director Steven Walker

DARPA Pushing Hypersonic Missile Development To Meet Russia, China Capabilities

The head of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is looking to speed up the development of hypersonic missile capabilities to meet those of Russia and China, including seeking more funding to grow the number of test facilities. DARPA is moving forward with several projects to advance flight testing and build new engines for […]

Frank Kendall

Former Chief Weapon Buyer: Open Systems Requirements Need Better Enforcement

Requiring that new weapons have some degree of openness to upgrades has been a Pentagon policy for decades, but the Defense Department needs to better enforce that expectation so emerging technologies can be integrated when available and appropriate, according to a former chief weapon buyer. Frank Kendall, who was the last undersecretary of defense for […]

Photo illustration of DARPA's Mobile Force Protection counter-drone system.

DARPA Launches Development Of Plug-And-Play Counter-Drone System

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has hired three firms to find ways of defeating the small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) that have become one of the most pervasive threats to the military at home and abroad. Three teams – Dynetics Inc., Saab Defense and Security USA and nonprofit development firm SRC Inc. – […]

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ManTech To Support DARPA’s Military Technology Office

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected ManTech International Corp. [MANT] as the main support firm for its Strategic Technologies Office (STO) with a potentially $200 million multi-year contract announced Tuesday. ManTech will provide critical analysis and risk assessment for the DARPA office tasked with researching and developing military technologies, specifically Command, Control, Communications, […]

Artist's illustration of DARPA's proposed RSGS satellite. Photo: DARPA.

Orbital ATK Loses Bid To Block DARPA Satellite Servicing Program

A federal judge has told the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that it can proceed with developing a satellite-servicing spacecraft, rebuffing Orbital ATK [OA], which charged that the government program unfairly backs a competitor. Orbital ATK, which is developing its own satellite servicer, argued in a lawsuit filed in February that the DARPA program, which […]