Archive: DARPA

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 […]


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 […]

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DARPA Awards Prime Contracts For VTOL X-Plane Phase 1

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said Wednesday it awarded prime contracts to Boeing [BA], Aurora Flight Sciences, Karem Aircraft and United Technologies Corp. [UTX] unit Sikorsky for the agency’s vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) experimental plane (X-Plane) program. DARPA seeks to innovate cross pollination between the fixed-wing and rotary-wing worlds to enable radical […]

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DARPA Green Lights Raytheon Phase 3 Persistent Close Air Support Program

Raytheon [RTN] is beginning the 18-month, $25.5 million Phase 3 under an option exercised by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program. The third phase of the PCAS program is to run from January 2014 through mid-2014 and is scheduled to culminate in a series of flight tests and […]