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DARPA reveals the teams that’ll target superbugs under HEALR project

DARPA reveals the teams that’ll target superbugs under HEALR project

DARPA has revealed the three teams that will work under its Hearnessing Enzymatic Activity for Lifesaving Remedies (HEALR) program to help develop new medical technologies targeted at "emerging microbial threats." DARPA seems to be particularly interested in addressing 'superbugs,' which refers to bacteria that is resistant to multiple different drugs typically used to treat infections.

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DARPA’s non-explosive drone takedown system uses giant ‘party streamers’

DARPA’s non-explosive drone takedown system uses giant ‘party streamers’

DARPA has wrapped up work on a system designed to take down small drones operating over places where an explosive countermeasure wouldn't be acceptable. Put simply, this system involves launching a device into the air that, once it detects a drone, launches giant streamers into the air, not unlike the kind you may see shooting out of a small cannon at a party.

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DARPA’s latest program seeks a new type of PPE made for soldiers

DARPA’s latest program seeks a new type of PPE made for soldiers

The term 'PPE' is something we're all familiar with due to the important role this protective equipment has played during the pandemic. There is a downside to this personal equipment, however -- it is typically bulky, uncomfortable, and slows down your ability to work. That's why DARPA has announced a new project that seeks to revolution PPE for the battlefield with the development of 'PPB.'

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DARPA selects three prime contractors for DRACO program

DARPA selects three prime contractors for DRACO program

DARPA has announced that it has awarded contracts for the first phase of the Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) program. The program's stated goal is to demonstrate a nuclear thermal propulsion system above low Earth orbit by 2025. The trio of prime contractors selected by DARPA includes General Atomics, Blue Origin, and Lockheed Martin.

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DARPA awards contracts for major spacecraft nuclear propulsion system

DARPA awards contracts for major spacecraft nuclear propulsion system

DARPA has announced the recipients of its phase-one Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) contracts, an initiative that paves the way for future nuclear thermal propulsion spacecraft systems. In explaining the purpose of its DRACO program, DARPA says that current space propulsion systems aren't able to offer the 'rapid maneuver' capabilities it needs.

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DARPA Air Combat Evolution program is on track for live flights this year

DARPA Air Combat Evolution program is on track for live flights this year

DARPA has a collaborative air combat autonomy program that has made significant strides in recent months. The program is called Air Combat Evolution (ACE), and DARPA has announced that it's halfway through phase 1. During its progress so far, ACE has eclipsed several key accomplishments in anticipation of live subscale aerial dogfights in phase 2 later this year.

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DARPA taps three companies to develop LongShot UAV missile concept

DARPA taps three companies to develop LongShot UAV missile concept

DARPA has announced the three companies it selected to develop concepts for its LongShot program. The agency didn't reveal the financial details for its selection, but did state that the contracts are for concepts on a UAV that would be launched in the air, after which point the drone would be able to launch its own air-to-air weapons.

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DARPA launches ENVision program to transform night vision goggles

DARPA launches ENVision program to transform night vision goggles

Night vision technology is nothing new, but despite modern innovations, the goggles remain fairly large and bulky. In addition to adding weight to a soldier's helmet and potentially putting a strain on their neck muscles, the goggles also have a small field of view, making it more tricky to evaluate one's surroundings. DARPA aims to change that.

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DARPA Gremlins project closer than ever to grabbing drones in flight

DARPA Gremlins project closer than ever to grabbing drones in flight

DARPA has announced that its Gremlins project came closer than ever to snatching a drone out of the air. The series of flight tests kicked off in late October, with the most recent having taken place earlier this month. According to officials, the aircraft came within 'inches' of retrieving a Gremlins drone in flight.

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DARPA says Gremlins X-61A UAS drone ‘beautifully’ passed second test

DARPA says Gremlins X-61A UAS drone ‘beautifully’ passed second test

DARPA says its Gremlins Air Vehicle X-61A 'beautifully' passed its second round of testing, paving the way for airborne recovery tests scheduled to take place later on this year. The second flight test took place at the US Army Dugway Proving Ground in Utah and involved a series of demonstrations, including autonomous formation station-keeping and rendezvous, testing of its recovery system, and more.

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DARPA virtual dogfight will include battle between AI and human pilot

DARPA virtual dogfight will include battle between AI and human pilot

DARPA has revealed its plans for the final of three AlphaDogfight Trials, a competition that will -- this time around -- take place entirely online. Anyone will be able to register and stream the competition, giving them a chance to see the latest and greatest artificial intelligence algorithms compete against each other in fighter jets, as well as against a human fighter pilot who will use a simulator.

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DARPA seeks an implantable ‘travel adapter’ for soldiers’ bodies

DARPA seeks an implantable ‘travel adapter’ for soldiers’ bodies

Military research agency DARPA has announced a new program that seeks a 'travel adapter' designed for the human body. The device, as with other DARPA projects, is intended for potential use with military personnel, helping them overcome common problems on the battlefield and beyond. In this case, the 'travel adapter' would help reduce jet lag and protect against illness caused by foreign food and water sources.

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