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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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DARPA inks deal with private company to develop satellite-fixing space robot

DARPA inks deal with private company to develop satellite-fixing space robot

DARPA has revealed the partner that will work with it on developing 'advanced robotic capabilities in space.' The project aims to deploy a space robot that will be able to fix and improve US satellites that are already in orbit. The work is being performed under DARPA's Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program; the development of the robot is described as the first step in the program.

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DARPA taps four companies for critical unmanned underwater vehicle tech

DARPA taps four companies for critical unmanned underwater vehicle tech

DARPA has announced the four companies it has selected to work under its Manta Ray Program. Three of the companies will be tasked with developing 'an integrated solution' for the program's operational and technology areas, according to DARPA. The fourth company will instead focus on the topic of undersea energy harvesting options capable of working at the depths DARPA has planned.

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DARPA-backed living bricks could reproduce, self-heal, and slurp CO2

DARPA-backed living bricks could reproduce, self-heal, and slurp CO2

Researchers have discovered a method with which they're able to create living bricks that turn carbon dioxide into CaCO3, the main ingredient for cement. Studies with Synechococcus cyanobacteria (we'll just refer to it as bacteria from here on out) showed great potential for future building projects when used in combination with sand, carbon dioxide, and a specific range of humidity conditions. Cutting the resulting bricks results in self-healing and reproduction.

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DARPA project seeks bacteria that can detect hidden bombs

DARPA project seeks bacteria that can detect hidden bombs

Raytheon has announced that it is working with DARPA on a project for detecting buried explosives using a unique method: bacteria. The work is taking place under a contract from the agency; Worcester Polytechnic Institute joins Raytheon in 'programming' two different bacteria strains to detect bombs located underground.

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DARPA seeks psychedelic drugs that don’t cause hallucinations

DARPA seeks psychedelic drugs that don’t cause hallucinations

The government research agency DARPA has announced a new program called Focused Pharma that seeks drug innovations that offer the mental health benefits of psychedelics without the 'significant side effects.' The agency detailed its new program earlier this week, revealing that it has reviewed the growing body of private research on the potential benefits of psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin.

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DARPA Subterranean Challenge kicks off tomorrow

DARPA Subterranean Challenge kicks off tomorrow

DARPA is hosting its DARPA Subterranean Challenge Systems Competition this week. The challenge runs August 15 to 22 and is being held in mining tunnels under Pittsburgh. Among the teams from around the world participating in the event will be a NASA JPL team that has wheeled rovers, drones, and climbing robots that can scale obstacles.

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