Archive: DARPA

The Marine Corps' short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B performs a vertical landing. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Kendall Announced Aerospace Innovation Initiative to Support 6th-Generation Fighter Jet

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall announced the creation of the Aerospace Innovation Initiative in the fiscal year 2016 budget request, which would fund technology development and competitive prototyping of sixth-generation fighter jet engines and airframes. The idea behind the initiative is to “position us for the next generation after F-35.” “At some point we’re going […]

DARPA Selects BAE For Radar Countermeasures Program

The Defense Advanced Research projects Agency (DARPA) selected BAE Systems for Phase 2 of its Adaptive Radar Countermeasures (ARC) program, the company said on Monday. The ARC program is aimed at developing technology to automatically generate effective countermeasures against adversaries’ new, unknown, and adaptive radars in real-time in the field. As part of Phase 2, […]

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DARPA Chief: Specialized Computing Architectures Needed as Moore’s Law Winds Down

As most defense technologies are shifting to an open systems architecture, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said computers and microprocessors may only become more advanced if they switch to specialized architectures. Arati Prabhakar, who launched DARPA’s Microelectronics Technology Office and spent years in Silicon Valley before taking over as DARPA’s […]

Illustration demonstrating how the C2E program develops reliable networked communications. Image: BAE.

BAE Wins DARPA Contract for Communications Framework

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a $3.2 million contract to BAE Systems to develop a new framework of jam-resistant, reliable networked communications as part of the Communications in Contested Environments (C2E) program, the company said on Thursday. The contract will develop a new open system architecture (OSA) for the first phase […]

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Raytheon Begins Testing On DARPA Air Support Program

Raytheon [RTN] has begun flight testing of a DARPA air support program designed to ensure sharing of real time information to improve coordination and enable quicker response times, the company said Wednesday. The testing marks the third phase for Persistent Close Air Support, or PCAS, and is an 18-month $25.5 million effort that will conclude […]

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Schafer Corp. To Support DARPA Information Innovation Office

Schafer Corp.’s Government Services Sector was awarded a three-year task order to provide Scientific, Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) to support the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Innovation Office (I2O). The task order is under the company’s Seaport-e prime contract with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. “We are honored DARPA has […]

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DARPA Aims To Break The ‘More Armor’ Approach To Future Armored Vehicles

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to develop future armored fighting vehicles that are more mobile, effective and affordable, so it has initiated the Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program. DARPA aims to develop GXV-T technologies over 24 months after initial contract awards, which are currently planned on or before April 2015. “GXV-T’s goal […]

Artist's illustration of Northrop Grumman's XS-1 experimental spaceplane concept. Photo: Northrop Grumman.

Northrop Grumman Releases XS-1 Experimental Space Plane Concept

Northrop Grumman [NOC] is developing a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 program, according to a company statement. Northrop Grumman is working with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic on the program. XS-1 has a reusable booster that, when coupled with an expendable upper stage, […]

Instead of using traditional glass mirrors or lenses, MOIRE seeks to diffract light with Fresnel lenses made from a lightweight membrane roughly the thickness of household plastic wrap. Photo: DARPA.

Ball Aerospace Develops MOIRE Mirror-Less Space Telescope

Ball Aerospace [BLL] is participating in a technology demonstration program for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that has an eventual goal of providing persistent, real-time tactical video to warfighters via a light weight, more transportable and more cost-effective telescope. Known as the Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploration (MOIRE), Ball incrementally demonstrated the […]

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Defense Research Officials: R&D Tax Credit Helps, Doesn’t Replace Gov’t Funding for Military Research

The defense research and development community needs healthy levels of investment from both government and industry, but industry’s internal research and development funding has dropped “fairly dramatically” over the past decade, Defense Department research officials told the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee Wednesday. Subcommittee chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked a panel of six witnesses what they […]