Archive: DARPA

An artist's rendering of Boeing's Phantom Express. (Courtesy of Boeing)

DARPA Taps Boeing To Build Experimental Spaceplane

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has picked Boeing [BA] over two other companies to design, build and test an unmanned, reusable spaceplane that could deploy small satellites, DARPA and Boeing announced May 24. Boeing edged out competitors Masten Space Systems and Northrop Grumman [NOC] to become the prime contractor for the Experimental […]

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

DARPA’s RSGS Progresses Despite Lawsuit, Justice Department Moves To Dismiss

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is moving forward with its geostationary earth orbit (GEO) satellite servicing program despite a lawsuit that the Justice Department on Tuesday moved to dismiss. Space Systems Loral (SSL) said Wednesday it signed and executed a contract with DARPA to develop advanced capabilities for servicing and maintaining spacecraft in […]

The 20-percent scale model of the Aurora LightningStrike Vertical Take-off and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) undergoes a flight test in Maryland. Photo: Aurora Flight Sciences.

DARPA, Aurora Finish Flight Tests Of Subscale VTOL X-Plane

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Aurora Flight Sciences, which are developing an unmanned, tilt-wing, vertical-takeoff-and-landing experimental airplane (VTOL X-Plane) called LightningStrike, have a achieved a significant milestone by completing flight tests of a subscale vehicle demonstrator (SVD). The tests, which ended in early March at Webster Outlying Field in Southern Maryland, demonstrated the […]


Bridenstine Defends Intervening In DARPA’s RSGS Program; Orbital ATK Sues

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) defended intervening in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program because he didn’t want the program, and its potential commercial capability, to denigrate into the bitter feud that permeates the United Launch Alliance (ULA) versus Space Exploration Technology Corp. (SpaceX) battle. Bridenstine told an […]

The Navy's Sean Stackley (left) talks to reporters following congressional testimony on Feb. 25, 2015. Photo: Defense Daily

Navy, DARPA Get Temporary Leaders

Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley began serving as acting Navy secretary Jan. 20 following the exit of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, an Obama administration appointee. Stackley is expected to fill the temporary post until a permanent Mabus successor is nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate. Stackley has been assistant secretary of […]


DARPA Awards Raytheon $9 Million In Contracts To Develop Tech To Protect U.S. Power Grid From Cyber Attacks

The Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Raytheon [RTN] multiple contracts worth a total of $9 million to research and develop technologies to help better protect U.S. power grids from cyber attacks, the company said Monday. Awarded under DARPA’s Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems program, the contracts aim to develop […]

General Atomics unveiled a concept for an air-launched, air-recoverable unmanned air system at an Air Force Association conference Sept. 19 to 21 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Industry Awaits Next Phase of DARPA’s Gremlins UAS Program

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), whose Gremlins program is developing an air-launched, air-recoverable unmanned air system, is nearing completion of the program’s first phase and is gearing up for the second phase. Four companies – Dynetics, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI), Kratos [KTOS] subsidiary Composite Engineering Inc. and […]

The popular quadcopter UAV developed by China's DJI. Photo: DJI

DARPA Seeks Better Tracking Of Small Drones In Cities

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has unveiled a new program, Aerial Dragnet, which aims to develop technologies that provide a single, integrated picture of all small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) flying in a city. As commercial quadcopters and other low-cost, low-altitude UAVs continue to proliferate and become more widely used by potential adversaries, […]

Simulation of the Leidos Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) also known as Sea Hunter. Image: Leidos.

DoD Lays Out Sea Hunter Testing Goals

DARPA’s Sea Hunter full-scale autonomous warship prototype will help the Defense Department learn how unmanned capabilities will intermix with manned capabilities in future systems, according to a key Pentagon official. Originally envisioned as a way to track potentially stealthy diesel electric submarines, Sea Hunter could be used in other roles, according to Assistant Secretary of […]

DARPA selected Northrop Grumman Corporation as a Phase 1 Swarm Systems Integrator for the Agency’s OFFSET program

DARPA Seeks Ideas To Counter Small Drones

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting ideas from industry, universities and others on how to protect land and sea forces against the increasing number of potentially hostile small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). DARPA said Aug. 11 that the proliferation of compact, low-cost drones sold commercially has created new threats to warfighters. It […]