DARPA is having Boeing build its amazing, experimental spaceplane

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Boeing a contract to build its spaceplane in an effort to make launching space satellites cheaper and easier.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/05/25/darpa-is-having-boeing-build-its-amazing-experimental-spaceplane.html

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DARPA aims to develop smarter, nimbler vehicles

DARPA announced on Tuesday that it has awarded contracts to eight organizations to develop smarter, more agile ground vehicles that aren’t burdened by extra armor.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/04/27/darpa-aims-to-develop-smarter-nimbler-vehicles.html

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DARPA wants to use AI to squeeze more bandwidth out of the airwaves

DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has launched its latest Grand Challenge, this time to bring advanced machine-learning capabilities to the way the radio frequencies are used.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/04/01/darpa-wants-to-use-ai-to-squeeze-more-bandwidth-out-airwaves.html

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Microfluidics: DARPA is betting embedded water droplets could cool next-gen chips

Ivy Bridge die... on fire!
DARPA and Lockheed Martin have a plan to build microfluidic cooling into modern microprocessors. This could dramatically improve CPU cooling and break the bottleneck on clock speed scaling — at least, for a little while.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/224516-microfluidics-darpa-is-betting-embedded-water-droplets-could-cool-next-gen-chips

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DARPA's latest project? A brain implant capable of restoring lost memories

Any time a new technology is either backed by President Obama or developed by DARPA, you know it’s serious business.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/11/23/darpas-latest-project-brain-implant-capable-restoring-lost-memories.html

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New Xerox PARC processor can self-destruct, destroy cryptographic keys on command

A new cryptographic processor from DARPA could store keys inside a chip on a glass substrate — and shatter when ordered to do so, locking the keys away forever.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/214185-new-xerox-parc-processor-can-self-destruct-destroy-cryptographic-keys-on-command

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NASA, DARPA collaborating on Deep Web search to analyze spacecraft data

Iceberg (CalTech)
Researchers at JPL have joined with DARPA to develop Deep Web search tools for mining vast data stores from NASA spacecraft and other science-related objectives.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/206499-nasa-darpa-collaborating-on-deep-web-search-to-analyze-spacecraft-data

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Unmanned drones, robots, and missiles could win the next war: DARPA

DARPA recently announced a new program that they call a “system of systems” approach, which would bring together manned and unmanned aircraft, missiles, sensors, and mission systems into a very sophisticated network with distributed intelligence.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/202385-unmanned-drones-robots-and-missiles-could-win-the-next-war-darpa

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DARPA plans to launch satellites from jets

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been making strides in being able to deliver small satellites into orbit faster and cheaper. On Feb. 5, DARPA gave updates on the Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) program at the 18th Annual Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation Conference. So far, DARPA successfully completed the first phase of the program by drafting a design, and also announced that the Boeing Company was chosen to realize the second phase, which involves conducting 12 orbital prototype test launches, according to a press release.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/02/06/darpa-plans-to-launch-small-satellites-from-jets/

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DARPA's Silicon "System On A Chip" Is Pretty

DARPA ELASTx Microchip
ELASTx stands for “Efficient Linearized All-Silicon Transmitter ICs”

The future of silicon transmitters looks a lot like an 8-bit adventure game. Developed by DARPA, the Efficient Linearized All-Silicon Transmitter ICs (ELASTx) is a complete, all-on-one chip system that operates at 94 gigahertz. This means it transmits in the millimeter-wave frequencies, which are a relatively untapped part of the electromagnetic spectrum that’s particularly useful for radar, guidance systems, and other military tech. It’s the first time those frequencies have been achieved on a silicon-only chip, which is lighter and cheaper than the gallium-based alternatives.

Essentially, the ELASTx chip boosts the power of transmitted signals, to deliver large amounts of data at fast speeds. Satellites, especially, could take advantage of this breakthrough because of its high power and miniscule weight. The transmitter can also change the frequencies it uses, so it can communicate across different types of waves.

The original article can be found here: http://www.popsci.com/article/gadgets/darpas-silicon-system-chip-pretty

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