darpa News of 01/24/20
U.S. Air Force Experimental Test Spaceship Lands After A Record 780 Days In Orbit
The X-37B, a test vehicle operated by the U.S. Air Force, has returned from orbit and landed successfully at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, over two years after it originally launched on its latest mission aboard a SpaceX rocket. ...
DARPA Aims To Make Networks 100 Times Speedier With FastNIC
Having a slow connection is always frustrating, but just imagine how supercomputers feel. All those cores doing all kinds of processing at lightning speed, but in the end they’re all waiting on an outdated network interface to stay in sync. ...
Experimental U.S. Air Force Space Plane Breaks Previous Record For Orbital Spaceflight
The Boeing-built X-37B space plane commissioned and operated by the U.S. Air Force has now broken its own record for time spent in space. Its latest mission has lasted 719 days as of today, which is one day longer than its last mission which ended in ...
This New Autonomous Startup Has Designed Its Delivery Robot To Conquer Winter
Refraction, a new autonomous delivery robot company that came out of stealth Wednesday at TC Sessions: Mobility, sees opportunity where most AV startups are avoiding: regions with the worst weather. The company, founded by University of Michigan ...
Vector, Virgin And A Mystery Team Will Compete In DARPA’S $34m Launch Challenge
DARPA wants to be able to launch anywhere, any time, and several times in a row. Is that too much to ask? Not for Vector Space, Virgin Orbit, and an unnamed startup that just qualified to take place in the agency’s Launch Challenge, which ...
CMU Team Develops A Robot And Drone System For Mine Rescues
On our final day in Pittsburgh, we find ourself in a decommissioned coal mine. Just northeast of the city proper, Tour-Ed’s owners run field trips and tours during the warmer months, despite the fact that the mine’s innards run a constant 50 ...
Watch Rocket Lab’S First Launch Of 2019 Lift A DARPA Experiment Into Orbit
Rocket Lab, the Kiwi operation working on breaking into the launch industry with small but frequent launches, has its first launch of the year today, due to take off in just a few minutes. Tune in below! The company recently, after the numerous ...
Seraphim Attracts The UK’S Ministry Of Defence To Its SpaceTech Accelerator
In the US the links between private sector technology and the defense industry are long and well known. And in the realm of startups, DARPA , has long fostered new technologies such as those around drones . But despite the world-class defense ...
DARPA Wants Smart Bandages For Wounded Warriors
Nowhere is prompt and effective medical treatment more important than on the battlefield, where injuries are severe and conditions dangerous. DARPA thinks that outcomes can be improved by the use of intelligent bandages and other systems that ...
Rocket Lab Snags DARPA Launch Contract For First 2019 Mission
Launch startup Rocket Lab is following the success of its first couple commercial launches by adding a prestigious (and deep-pocketed) new client: DARPA. The New Zealand-based company will send an experimental satellite called R3D2 into low Earth ...
DARPA Wants To Build An AI To Find The Patterns Hidden In Global Chaos
That most famous characterization of the complexity causality, a butterfly beating its wings and causing a hurricane on the other side of the world, is thought-provoking but ultimately not helpful. What we really need is to look at a hurricane and ...