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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2010, 09:40:03 am »
DARPA Tasks NGC to Demo Autonomous Aerial Refueling
Two Global Hawk UAVs Will Accomplish a World's First
Published on ASDNews: Jul 2, 2010

(San Diego, July 1, 2010) -- DARPA announced the award of a $33 million contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) to demonstrate aerial refueling of a NASA Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) by a sister ship. The program will be designated KQ-X.

Northrop Grumman will retrofit two of the high altitude long endurance (HALE) UAVs, one aircraft pumping fuel into the other in flight through a hose-and-drogue refueling system. The aerial refueling engagement will be completely autonomous.

"Demonstrating the refueling of one UAV by another is a historic milestone," said Carl Johnson, vice president, Advanced Concepts for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "It adds aerial refueling to the list of capabilities that can be accomplished autonomously by Global Hawks; it opens the door to greatly expanded operational utility for UAVs; and, as a side benefit, it promises to increase the safety and reliability of aerial refueling between manned aircraft by reducing pilot workload."

There are several revolutionary aspects to the KQ-X program. Not only will the aerial refueling be autonomous, but since Global Hawks are HALE UAVs, it will also take place at a much higher altitude than has been previously demonstrated with manned aircraft. It will also be the first time that HALE UAVs have flown in formation.

"The importance of aerial refueling is clear in the way military aviation depends on it today," said Jim McCormick, the DARPA program manager for KQ-X. "This demonstration will go a long way towards making those same advantages a reality for the next generation of unmanned aircraft."

Engineering work will be accomplished at the Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Development Center in Rancho Bernardo, California. Pilots from NASA, NOAA, and Northrop Grumman will fly the Global Hawks from the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, also in California. Sargent Fletcher, Inc. and Sierra Nevada Corporation are major KQ-X subcontractors.
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2010, 09:46:38 am »
Great.  They'll be able to keep their drones up there continuously without having to land to refuel.

Wish I had my Vulcan cannon.

If there was still a second ammendment you'd be able to park one of those in your back yard.

But no, seriously, you'd be able to own your own Stinger Missiles/MRADS etc...

It says "arms", not "rifles".

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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2010, 09:49:23 am »
Reminds me of that part of the story in STEALTH, where the autonomous plane goes to a drone baloon in the high atmosphere to refuel.
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2010, 08:24:50 pm »
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Location:  SAN DIEGO, CA / USA   |   Sector:  AEROSPACE SYSTEMS
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Will perform various Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) tasks for the Global Hawk KQ-X Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) Program. KQ-X is a DARPA funded initiative whose objective is to demontrate aerial re-fueling of two Global Hawk vehicles. GNC activities include non-linear 6DOF Simulation analysis, linear MATLAB analysis, embedded flight control software design/code/test, and supporting flight testing. Other duties include document analysis and make presentations to management and the customer, as required. Responsible to keep abreast of or develop new or improved GandC methods or processes in order to maintain current state-of-the-art tools for the department. May be called upon to support proposal preparation efforts and new project activities, including technical, cost, and schedule. BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Candidate must have excellent communication, analysis and problem solving skills and be able to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment. Must be skilled in the area of flight sciences, control law development, and control system analysis. MS in Aerospace Engineering with 4 yrs applicable experience is required.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of Matlab, C/C++ and UAV's is preferred. Flight Test Experience is also preferred. (FCENG )


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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2010, 09:03:15 am »
DARPA’s New Sniper Rifle Offers a Perfect Shot Across 12 Football Fields

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“Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes,” American revolutionaries supposedly yelled at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Legend has it that the rebels were trying to conserve ammunition, given the inaccuracy of their 18th century guns.

But things have come a long way since 1775. With DARPA’s new “One Shot” sniper system [PDF], scheduled to be in soldier’s hands by the fall of 2011, the U.S. military will give snipers the ability to take out an enemy at a distance of .7 miles in winds around 10 to 20 miles per hour. Military brass hopes the system will give snipers a perfect shot at least six times out of ten.

The One Shot system still wouldn’t come close to matching the record for shooting accuracy: In November of last year, British Army sniper Corporal Craig Harrison made two shots at a distance of 1.53  miles in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. But Harrison modestly thanked perfect shooting conditions: no wind, great visibility, and mild weather. The DARPA program aims to give soldiers the technology to hit a target despite adverse conditions.

To meet that goal, engineers first had to figure out what to do about wind. The prototype gun can’t get rid of the wind, but it needs to correct for it. Otherwise, over long distances, the bullets will veer off course; DARPA notes that a 10 mph crosswind can produce a miss even at a distance of a quarter of a mile.

The One Shot sniper scope has a computer system that uses lasers to track not only distance, but also the wind turbulence in the path of the bullet. A set of crosshairs appears not in direct line with the gun’s barrel, but instead where the bullet will actually hit, and also displays the confidence of that shot.

US military trials have found that a laser beam shone on the target can do more than just determine the range: it can also be used to “measure the average down range crosswind profile”. The laser information can be combined with automatic readings of temperature, humidity etc and a “ballistic solution” computed. [The Register]

But there’s more work to be done on the One Shot system before it arrives in combat zones. These high-tech systems can’t require a lot of training or give off a lot of heat.

What the agency really wants is a battle-ready system that doesn’t require tricky in-field optical alignment and fiddling with lasers. Night and day accuracy also means that the laser, which is used to help calculate and subtract wind turbulence between the predator and his prey, can’t be infrared. Enemies with night-vision goggles would see that from a mile away. [Wired]

DARPA has just finished its first phases of the project, developing and testing the computer targeting system. Among other things, the next steps include making the system the right size and weight for battle, and completing some tweaks to the target crosshairs. With these improvements, according to a DARPA announcement this month, the Agency will ask for 15 “fully operational and field hardened systems” for field testing.

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May 25th, 2010 2:23 PM Tags: computers, DARPA, gadgets, guns, weapons & security
by Joseph Calamia in Technology 

http://mblogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/05/25/darpas-new-sniper-rifle-offers-a-perfect-shot-across-12-football-fields/

Police May Soon Use Pain Guns That Heat Skin With Microwaves

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In several years police officers may have laser or microwave guns to point at miscreants, according to the Justice Department’s research and development agency. These nonlethal weapons build on knowledge gained from the Pentagon’s controversial Active Denial System (ADS) – first demonstrated in public last year, which uses a 2-metre-[wide] beam of short microwaves to heat up the outer layer of a person’s skin and cause pain. Like the ADS, the new portable devices will also heat the skin, but will have beams only a few centimetres across. They are designed to elicit what the Pentagon calls a “repel response” – a strong urge to escape from the beam [New Scientist]. But the idea of giving cops a tool capable of instantly inflicting pain from across a town square is raising protests from human rights advocates.

The Justice Department is working on two separate weapons. One, the Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response, or PHaSR, uses an infra-red laser to heat a patch of skin about 4 inches in diameter, and pairs that heat with another bright laser that dazzles the eyes. The PHaSR looks like a bulky rifle, and law enforcement officials say that a cheap, portable version could be very useful to police and prison guards. Sid Heal, formerly a Commander in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (and before that a Marine) , has long been an advocate of non-lethal weapons and thinks the new devices might have potential. “Needless to say, the “market” is so vacant with alternatives that ANYTHING is going to be appealing at this point” [Wired News], says Heal.

The other weapon is a scaled down version of the Pentagon’s Active Denial System, and uses a microwave beam to heat the target’s skin. This device isn’t as far along as the PHaSR–so far it’s a tabletop prototype with a range of about a meter–but researchers say it could ultimately be more effective, as its waves are better able to penetrate clothing and heat the skin underneath. But some critics say that the more effective these devices are, the less they like them. Security expert Steve Wright … describes the new weapons as “torture at the touch of a button”. “We have grave concerns about the deployment and use of any such devices, which have the potential to be used for torture or other ill treatment,” says Amnesty International’s arms control researcher Helen Hughes [New Scientist].

There’s no word yet on when these weapons might be tested in city streets or prison corridors, and many ambivalent commentators seem content to have the ray guns confined to the Justice Department’s labs for the time being. Says one pundit: It’s good news that the police are developing weapons that don’t kill people, but when you look at the way police are all-too-eager to use Tasers, you might consider whether this is a good thing or not. We’re thinking they can be either good or bad, depending on who wields them. While we’re wondering why we can’t all get along, we’re also thinking to ourselves, “Don’t microwave me, bro!” [DVICE].

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December 29th, 2008 4:36 PM Tags: Defense Department, Justice Department, lasers, weapons & security
by Eliza Strickland in Technology 


http://mblogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2008/12/29/police-may-soon-use-pain-guns-that-heat-skin-with-microwaves/


District 9: Smart Guns That Read Your DNA

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It’s not much of a spoiler to say the aliens in District 9have the snazziest trigger lock around. The Prawns, as they are known in the movie, have some strange ideas for safety, though. Their trigger lock is DNA-encoded not to keep little Prawns away from dangerous gear, but to prevent any other species from activating the weapons. (That’s the sort of detail that raises all sorts of questions about just who the Prawns were fighting that they needed this kind of security, and whether the enemy also had DNA-locked rifles.)

While the Prawns seem to have mastered DNA-detecting technology, it remains a bit beyond our reach out here in the real, human world. But that may be the next big frontier in biometrics. Because, let’s face it, the typical kinds of biometric security used in of the lairs of movie super-villains isn’t science-fiction anymore—it’s reality.

Fingerprint scan? We can do that on a laptop, or even a mere thumb drive. Palm scan? Pssh. Placing a hand on the scanner is passé. Retinal scan? Of course. Facial recognition? Voice recognition? Done and done. All of these different biometrics has been exploited by security companies trying to make money in a world where verifying authenticity is becoming an increasing problem. But the biological signature big business and national governments really want to capture is DNA. Unlike our faces and voices, it never changes. Unlike our fingerprints, it’s very difficult to fake. And except for identical twins, it’s totally unique to each individual (and it may soon be possible to distinguish even identical twins [pdf]). Because this technology would be so valuable, everyone from the Austrian national government to major corporations is toiling away (pdf) in their R&D departments to  develop a DNA biometric lock.

But fear not, defenders of privacy: Science is still reasonably far (pdf) from using DNA for a biometric lock. First, there’s the sampling problem. There was a time when the only way to get a useful DNA sample was to get a drop of blood or a swab of tissue from inside the person’s mouth. And while it would probably be fair to force Tom Cruise to prick his finger every time he wanted to gain entry to the Mindhead—err, the Scientology—err, his secret hideaway, useful DNA can be extracted from skin cells just by using a simple adhesive piece of paper. Still, not optimal for a lock and key device.

Then the DNA has to be amplified and sequenced. It’s a staple of Hollywood crime shows that DNA this process can be accomplished in a matter of minutes, but in reality it takes hours to run the polymerase chain reaction. Then the amplified DNA has to be sequenced, and only then can it be matched up to an encoded “lock” to see if the person can be admitted. Again, watching Tom Cruise stand fuming for three hours outside the fortress of solitude is a pleasing thought, but it’s not really going to happen.

Still, there are a number of other DNA-oriented tricks companies are trying. Applied DNA Sciences, a company in Stony Brook, NY, has discovered a way to layer plant DNA into one-of-a-kind objects, like art work, or antiques, that they swear will have no effect on the object. They also can layer the DNA into ink and toner, allowing the possibility of printing money or credit cards with a DNA signature that could be read with a special scanner.

Of course, the fast way to figure this stuff out would be to reverse-engineer some handy alien weapons and see just what makes the weapons work or not work. Did the human scientists in District 9 think of that? Well, that would be a spoiler, now wouldn’t it?

September 15th, 2009 Tags: biometrics, District 9, DNA, Tom Cruise
by Eric Wolff in Biotech 


http://mblogs.discovermagazine.com/sciencenotfiction/2009/09/15/district-9-the-dna-key-to-that-trigger-lock/


MIT Team Uses 4,600 Informants to Win DARPA Scavenger Hunt

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How long does it take to solve a nationwide scavenger hunt? If you’re a bunch of MIT whiz kids, just less than nine hours.

As DISCOVER covered last week, DARPA, the Defense Department’s mad scientists, devised a contest to study the spread of information with $40,000 of prize money for the winning team. The task was to be the first to find all 10 red balloons scattered at secret locations around the country and report them to the DARPA Web site.

More than 4,000 groups eventually registered to take part, but although the organisers had given players up to nine days to track the balloons down, the team from MIT scooped victory within nine hours of the launch [The Guardian]. MIT’s team members set up an elaborate web of incentives and information networks to solve the puzzle so quickly. $4,000 in prize money was assigned to each of the 10 balloons–$2,000 for the first person to see one, and slightly less for each person in the information chain who led that person to the MIT team.

In all, MIT received contributions from more than 4,600 people. “They got a huge amount of participation from shockingly little money,” said Peter Lee, a DARPA project manager who was one of the organizers of the Network Challenge [The New York Times]. Perhaps, though, the widespread help leading to swift victory shouldn’t be a shock: People do love scavenger hunts.

The team has yet to announce the exact details about how the operation found each balloon—or whether there was any friendly skulduggery afoot. “It’s a huge game theory simulation,” said Norman Whitaker of DARPA’s Transformational Convergence Technology Office. The only way to win the hunt was to find the location of every balloon, but a savvy participant would withhold his sighting until he’d amassed the other nine locations, or disseminate false information to throw others off the trail [San Francisco Chronicle].

http://mblogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2009/12/07/mit-team-uses-4600-informants-to-win-darpa-scavenger-hunt/

DARPA Loses Contact with Mach 20 “Hypersonic Glider” During Test Flight

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It was a big week for experimental military aircraft, with the Air Force’s secretive X-37B space plane and the Navy’s biofuel-powered “Green Hornet” both achieving successful test flights. But the most ambitious—the HTV-2 hypersonic glider under development by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)—lost contact with its operators during its run.

Launched from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. on April 22, the unmanned HTV-2 was planned to cross the Pacific and impact the ocean north of Kwajalein Atoll in the first of two flights to demonstrate technology for a prompt global strike weapon [Aviation Week]. It successfully achieved separation from its booster rocket high in the atmosphere; however, nine minutes into the test the glider lost communication. Now the military is studying the test flight telemetry to figure out where the HTV-2 would have crashed down.

Thursday’s mission was the first of two planned in the HTV-2 program, which uses Minotaur 4 boosters developed by Orbital Sciences Corp. from decommissioned Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missiles. The U.S. military is trying to develop technology to respond to threats around the globe at speeds of Mach 20 or greater, according to DARPA [AP]. DARPA is being fairly tight-lipped about possible uses for the HTV-2, but it’s not hard to see why the military would be excited about an aircraft that travels about 13,000 miles per hour and can strike on the other side of the world with “little or no advanced warning,” as the agency says.

Program manager Paul Erbland says the key to HTV-2 flying at such speed and height is its carbon shell, which is capable of withstanding extreme heat and pressure. It doesn’t burn off material to get rid of heat. The vehicle is designed to fly at a low angle of attack relative to other hypersonic vehicles. “Shuttle and similar vehicles fly at roughly 40°; HTV-2 is substantially below that,” he said [Aviation Week]. As for the communications failure, DARPA has some time to address the problem before the craft’s second planned test flight next March.

http://mblogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/04/27/darpa-loses-contact-with-mach-20-hypersonic-glider-during-test-flight/
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2010, 09:10:13 am »
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Raytheon Co.’s BBN Technologies unit said today that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BBN an additional $6.14 million to develop a prototype system that translates foreign language documents and signs for military personnel without the use of linguists or analysts.

The work is being conducted under the Multilingual Automatic Document Classification, Analysis and Translation (MADCAT) program. BBN said the award follows its success in meeting milestones during the first two years of the MADCAT program.

In a press release, Prem Natarajan, head of speech and language processing, Raytheon BBN Technologies, said: “Foreign language translation on the battlefield is slow, dangerous and expensive. The MADCAT system will help our troops understand road signs, print media and captured documents that could be of immediate importance to their safety and to the successful completion of their missions.”

The new funding will enable BBN, acquired by Raytheon last year, to refine a prototype translation system developed under previous awards in this program that can be deployed on a laptop computer. BBN is integrating optical character recognition with translation and distillation techniques and developing novel methods to process handwritten text.

Last month, BBN took in $17 million from the DARPA funds for use in developing rapid translation software to apply to Arabic and Chinese news sources.

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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2010, 08:58:59 am »

Darpa’s Lab-Grown Blood Starts Pumping 
By Katie Drummond
July 9, 2010  |  4:45 pm  | 


More troops than ever are surviving their battlefield injuries, often overloading the military’s health care system. Massive blood shortages continue to plague military trauma care, and the problem is complicated by the remote, inaccessible locations of today’s war zones.

In 2008, Darpa, the Pentagon’s blue-sky research arm, launched the Blood Pharming program, with the goal of manufacturing mega doses of universal-donor red blood units (O-negative) using a compact, self-contained system. “Pharming” is the process of genetically engineering animals or plants to generate mass quantities of medically useful substances, like hormones or antibodies. In this case, Darpa wants a synthetic platform that’s engineered to cultivate blood cells.

Now Arteriocyte, the Cleveland, OH biotech firm that got $1.95 million for the project, has sent off an initial shipment of their pharmed blood product to the Food and Drug Administration for an independent evaluation of the company’s blood-growing process. It hopes to pass muster with agency’s safety regulators.

The blood was produced using hematopoietic cells, derived from umbilical cord-blood units. It’s a trick that scientists have pulled off for years. The hard part is making quantities of red stuff that are large enough for military or medical utility. Currently, it takes Arteriocyte scientists three days to turn a single umbilical cord unit into 20 units of RBC-packed blood. The average soldier needs six units during trauma treatment.

“We’re basically mimicking bone marrow in a lab environment,” company CEO Don Brown tells Danger Room. “Our model works, but we need to extrapolate our production abilities to make scale.”


Darpa’s largely after an endless stream of war-zone blood. Brown, whose company completed its Darpa work earlier this year and uses technology created at Johns Hopkins, thinks pharmed blood would have several advantages over relying on the real stuff.

Because most blood used in military operations is donated on U.S ground, it’s usually three weeks old by the time it hits the front lines. The shelf-life of donated blood is still disputed. The Red Cross tosses RBC units after 42 days, but some medical experts think that fresh blood “expires” after 28 days, and cite increased risk of infection and organ failure once blood is older than two weeks.

“Until now, the military’s strategy has mainly been contained to basically using stale blood,” says Brown. “And they’ll set up mobile blood banks in a war zone, but even every troop rolling up their sleeve might not be enough when you’ve got a crisis with dozens or more injuries.”

And because the method can get so much blood from a single cord unit, it’d also minimize risks associated with multiple-donation transfusions, which are common when a patient needs several units.

But while Arteriocyte think they’ve mastered the formula for pharmed blood, the company’s got a ways to go to make it financially viable. A single unit of pharmed blood currently runs them $5,000.

Still, given the price tag of transporting and storing donated blood, Darpa’s betting that a unit of pharmed blood will make financial sense once it costs less than $1,000.

Human trials aren’t likely until 2013, but the Pentagon could invoke “emergency protocol” to snag the blood sooner — Brown predicts military use within five years.

http://m.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/07/darpas-blood-makers-start-pumping
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MOBILE TECHNOLOGY
DARPA's Surface Navigation Concept - without GPS
By Mike Hanlon

Imagine the United States attempting to fight a war if the Global Positioning System (GPS) were suddenly unavailable. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has obviously thought about it has just awarded a concept development contract to a team of corporations led by Boeing. The objective of the Robust Surface Navigation (RSN) program is to develop technologies that can exploit various "signals of opportunity" -- electronic waves emanating from satellites, cell phone towers and even television transmission towers -- to provide precise location and navigation information to ground troops when GPS signals are being electronically jammed or blocked by natural or man-made obstacles, such as foliage or buildings. The team includes ROSUM, the only company that has used broadcast television signals to locate mobile assets. It's also the first company to combine television and GPS signals for truly robust situational awareness in all environments.
"The challenge is to develop an integrated system that can use all available signals -- not just GPS -- to provide accurate navigation information through one small receiver, thereby eliminating the need for an expensive, fixed infrastructure," said Bart Ferrell, Boeing Phantom Works program manager for Precision Navigation Programs.
The Boeing-led Robust Surface Navigation team is beginning its 15-month Phase 1 concept development contract.
The team includes ROSUM, NAVSYS and Shared Spectrum. "Leveraging the technical expertise and capabilities of this exceptionally strong team will help ensure the development of a very robust integrated system for surface navigation," Ferrell said.
ROSUM is the only company that has used broadcast television signals to locate mobile assets. It's also the first company to combine television and GPS signals for truly robust situational awareness in all environments. ROSUM's leadership comes from GPS, cellular and television industries.
NAVSYS provides high-quality technical products and services in GPS hardware design, systems engineering, systems analysis, and software design. Founded in 1986 by Dr. Allison Brown, NAVSYS is dedicated to promoting the use of GPS in a wide variety of commercial and military applications. It offers services in three primary areas: GPS, Inertial Navigation Systems, and Communications Systems.
Shared Spectrum has developed innovative cognitive radio technologies for government and commercial customers with challenging radio communications and networking needs. The company's expertise includes defense communications in extremely challenging RF conditions and commercial communications involving novel approaches to sharing and managing spectrum access.
Shared Spectrum Company (SSC) is currently demonstrating its neXt Generation (XG) radio system at the IEEE Symposium on New Frontiers on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN) in Dublin, Ireland - the first time that SSC’s technology has been demonstrated in an open public forum. The XG system employs cognitive radio technology developed for DARPA. At a DARPA test last summer, SSC demonstrated for the first time that multiple frequencies can be accessed automatically and dynamically without interference to various legacy radios using the same frequencies. The Company’s research is expected to revolutionize military field communications, making it possible for commanders and soldiers to make optimum use of limited spectrum capacity in battle conditions. Potential commercial and public safety applications will similarly improve spectrum efficiency, radio range and user density. As part of the demonstration in Dublin, SSC engineers will perform an analysis of spectrum use in the city, establishing a baseline measurement for the operating frequencies provided by the conference organizers for the SSC tests. The demonstration will highlight the capability of SSC’s current XG radio prototype to detect available spectrum, avoid hostile attempts to jam the network, conform to policy commands, and network with other XG nodes. The company’s next version of its XG radios will also be shown for the first time. In addition to the demonstration, SSC engineers and regulatory experts will present papers on policy-based network management, dynamic spectrum sharing detectors and regulation of “smart” radio technology. Along with SSC, the DySPAN demonstrations will feature other emerging wireless communication techniques and involve many of the leading companies, universities and research institutions focusing on this topic worldwide. The conference is sponsored by the Communications Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Additional information about the conference is available at www.ieee-dyspan.org.

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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2010, 10:07:03 am »
DARPA to Turn Humans into Batteries

9:00 PM - July 14, 2010 - 

By Rico Mossesgeld - Source : Tom's Guide US
Soon, machines will use us for power.

A research project by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) seeks to exploit the untapped power reserve of the human body. By utilizing piezoelectric and thermodynamic power generation components, the researchers hope to provide enough energy for a suite of planned embedded technologies.

Some readers may be familiar with piezoelectric components, which generate electricity from the vibrations created by movement. The DARPA initiative is also looking into generating power from thermodynamic reactions—such as the difference between body temperature and the surrounding air—much like how these boots from Orange generate electricity to recharge gadgets.

The main objective of the project is to create enough power to drive a bunch of military-friendly gadgets. Examples include "Sensor-studded clothing worn by a soldier tracks his movements and vital signs", and "contact lenses that function as computer screens" and receive information via radio.

In The Matrix franchise, robots enslaved humankind as a source of power. They turned humans into giant living batteries, tapping the thermal and kinetic energies produced by our bodies. While machines intelligent enough to take over are awhiles away, they'll at least know how to use as batteries when the time comes.

Embedded Technologies: Power From the People (Image: josephwharton on Flickr)

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/duracell-energizer-batteries-the-matrix,news-7464.html
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« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2010, 10:20:25 am »
AVX Aircraft Presents DARPA With A New Combat Vehicle Capable Of Transformation
Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 18:14 By Rajeev Saxena 
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The U.S Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been well renowned for its futuristic projects, with which the agency tries to provide a technological  edge to the U.S armed forces. The latest creation to have come for DARPA, is a twin rotor combat vehicle designed by Texas based firm, AVX Aircraft, that can not only fly in the skies, but can easily transform into an all terrain 4X4 vehicle.

This incredible vehicle has been part of DARPA’s Transformer (TX) program., where in the agency is planning to place bids for combat vehicles that can fulfill the roles of a Helo and that of a ground vehicle. This particular project has specifically been initiated for the US Army’s Armed Aerial Scout outfit and AVX Aircraft has proposed to convert the currently serving OH-58 Kiowa Warrior combat helos into a multipurpose transformative vehicle. The prototype designed by the company has been given coaxial rotors and duct fans and this incredible vehicle is claimed to reach an impressive 80 mph on ground and can easily attain speeds up to 140 mph while in its helicopter form, all the while cruising at an altitude of 10,000 feet. The maximum range of this multipurpose combat vehicle is said to be 250 miles.



As per AVX Aircraft, the multipurpose vehicle can transform either way in just 60 seconds, that includes the unfolding of the rotor blades.

http://trendsupdates.com/avx-aircraft-presents-darpa-with-a-new-combat-vehicle-capable-of-transformation/
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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2010, 11:38:24 pm »
DARPA-funded prosthetic arm reaches phase three, would-be cyborgs celebrate
Posted Jul 18th 2010 10:47AM by Sean Hollister

Last we heard from Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, it wanted a neurally-controlled bionic arm by 2009. Needless to say, the school overshot that goal by a tiny bit, and have now been beaten (twice) to the punch. But DARPA sees $34.5 million worth of promise in their third and final prototype, which will enable the nine pound kit (with 22 degrees of freedom and sensory feedback) to begin clinical trials. Rechristened the Modular Prosthetic Limb, it will be grafted onto as many as five real, live persons, the first within the year. Using the targeted muscle reinnervation technique pioneered at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, patients will control these arms directly with their thoughts, and for their sakes and the fate of humanity, hopefully not the other way around. Press release after the break.
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Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Awarded DARPA Funding to Test Thought-Controlled Prosthetic Limb System

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a contract for up to $34.5 million to The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., to manage the development and testing of the Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL) system on human subjects, using a brain-controlled interface.

APL scientists and engineers developed the underlying technology under DARPA's Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 program, an ambitious four-year effort to create a prosthetic arm that would by far eclipse the World War II era hook-and-cable device used by most amputees. The program has already produced two complex prototypes, each advancing the art of upper-arm prosthetics.

The final design - the MPL - offers 22 degrees of motion, including independent movement of each finger, in a package that weighs about nine pounds (the weight of a natural limb). Providing nearly as much dexterity as a natural limb, the MPL is capable of unprecedented mechanical agility and is designed to respond to a user's thoughts.

"We've developed the enabling technologies to create upper-extremity prosthetics that are more natural in appearance and use, a truly revolutionary advancement in prosthetics," said APL's Michael McLoughlin, the program manager. "Now, in Phase 3, we are ready to test it with humans to demonstrate that the system can be operated with a patient's thoughts and that it can provide that patient with sensory feedback, restoring the sensation of touch."

The team will develop implantable micro-arrays used to record brain signals and stimulate the brain. They will also conduct experiments and clinical trials to demonstrate the ability to use implantable neural interfaces safely and effectively to control a prosthesis, and optimize arm control and sensory feedback algorithms that enable dexterous manipulation through the use of a neuro-prosthetic limb.

"We will be working very closely with the University of Pittsburgh and the California Institute of Technology for their experience in brain computer interfaces, the University of Chicago for their expertise in sensory perception, the University of Utah for its capabilities in developing implantable devices suitable for interfacing with the human brain, and HDT Engineered Technologies for their skill in building prosthetic limb systems," McLoughlin said.

Both Pittsburgh and CalTech have conducted research using chips with hair-like electrodes to record neurological signatures in the brain. Last year, in an independent effort, Pittsburgh showed that a pair of macaque monkeys with tiny chips implanted in their brains could operate a robotic arm just by thinking about it. Wires carried the signals through the skull, and then computer software converted these signals into robotic arm movements.

Within the year, the APL-led team will initiate testing with a high spinal cord injury patient. "Initially, we have targeted the quadriplegic patient population because they have the most to gain," McLoughlin explained. "Unlike most amputee patients who have other options in terms of care and independence, these patients are totally dependent on others for most things. There is no alternative. Their lives will be truly transformed by this advancement."

Over the next two years, the team hopes to test the systems and neural interface technology in five patients.

Whereas Pittsburgh and CalTech are exploring innovative ways to record information from the brain, the University of Chicago's research will focus on closing the loop by stimulating the brain to sense pressure and touch. "The goal is to enable the user to more effectively control movements to perform everyday tasks, such as picking up and holding a cup of coffee," McLoughlin said.

The University of Utah, along with the Salt Lake City-based Blackrock Microsystems, is researching and developing advanced electrode technology for brain signal recording and stimulation. Innovative electrode designs are the enabling technology that will provide the means to control the prosthetic arm through the patient's thoughts.

Finally, the Solon, Ohio-based HDT Engineered Technologies, which designed and manufactured major components of the current MPL, will enhance its capabilities and provide the limb system hardware required for this effort.

McLoughlin commented, "The results of this program will help upper-limb amputees and spinal cord injury patients, as well as others who have lost the ability to use their natural limbs, to have as normal a life as possible despite severe injuries or degenerative neurological disease."
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http://i.engadget.com/2010/07/18/darpa-funded-prosthetic-arm-reaches-phase-three-would-be-cyborg/

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« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2010, 07:55:18 am »
AnaptysBio Gets $1.5M from DARPA
BY BRUCE V. BIGELOW
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JULY 22, 2010 AT MIDNIGHT, UPDATED JULY 12, 2010 AT 9:50 P.M.


San Diego’s AnaptysBio, which has been developing antibody-based technology with backing from Avalon Ventures, says it got a $1.5 million contract to develop military biosensors that could be used to detect specific biological agents in possible terrorist attacks. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) provided funding for the two-year effort, which will use Anaptys Bio’s proprietary somatic hypermutation (SHM) technology platform. Under a separate program, the NIH has provided funding to San Diego-based Trius Therapeutics to develop bioterror antibiotics.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/jul/22/wwwxconomycom92487/
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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2010, 11:58:39 am »
Advanced Imaging: An Overview of DARPA/MTO Imaging Technology

Event Description
Dr. Nibir Dhar, DARPA, MTO, will describe the imaging vision of MTO, technology challenges and projects currently fielded. New technology development under a portfolio program, “Advanced Wide Field of View Architectures for Image Reconstruction and Exploitation (AWARE)” will be described highlighting:

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Phone: 479-575-2000
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« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2010, 12:28:05 am »
Behind MIT’s DARPA Weather Balloon challenge win

December 11, 2009 

MIT team members reported that they sent out 2 million SMS messages as one of their strategies but that was a complete bust as far as finding the balloons.  Twitter and Facebook on the other hand were far more effective.  They are going to be subsequently distilling their findings on effective viral communication and sharing it at an appropriate venue.

Their victory was a victory of human connections (“social capital“) over number crunching.  A Google Team was racing them using number crunching and image recognition techniques (e.g., crawling the web in real time for images of red balloons) and had spotted 9 of the 10 balloons when the MIT Team found 10.  The MIT Team noted that the balloon finders were using Google Map to determine the coordinates of their balloon sighting (to report to the MIT team) and Google could have captured that information and used it for their own proprietary team but didn’t.

http://socialcapital.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/behind-mits-darpa-weather-balloon-challenge-win/
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« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2010, 01:09:12 am »
One of the people associated with this DARPA project redirected a URL for the "Illuminati" or "Itanimulli" to the NSA, for what it's worth.

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« Reply #17 on: September 13, 2010, 03:38:49 pm »
OEwaves will develop, demonstrate, and test an RF photonic receiver targeting DARPA’s Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) Tolerant Microwave Receiver Front End (EMPiRe) program.

 August, 30 2010
  DARPA’s challenging EMPiRe program seeks to develop a microwave receiver front-end capability that will survive and operate short pulses of high energy while maintaining high sensitivity, bandwidth, and dynamic range. 

OEwaves’ novel approach will achieve the performance goals of the EMPiRe program and result in delivery of the All-Dielectric Photonic-Assisted Radio Front-End (ADNERF) with a compact and scalable design, which is practically unmatched in compact conventional receivers. The receiver development will be based on OEwaves’ platform technology of crystalline whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonator.

"We are extremely excited to be selected as a Phase II performer in this challenging program," said Lute Maleki, President and CEO of OEwaves. “OEwaves microwave photonics success toward meeting the requirements of EMPiRe in Phase I will be extended to address the more challenging goals of Phase II.” 

The WGM optical resonances occur in circularly symmetric dielectrics structures ranging in size from tens of microns to a few mm, which trap light in a small volume. OEwaves’ crystalline WGM resonators have material properties that lead to high performance receiver operation. 

OEwaves, Inc. headquartered in Pasadena, Calif., is a leader in innovative microwave photonic products and solutions. OEwaves develops and offers state-of-the-art technologies and products in support of radar, communications, and test and measurement systems for military and commercial markets. OEwaves was founded in 2000 and has maintained an Intellectual Property Portfolio of 75 cases, 26 of which were licensed via and exclusive agreement with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), to establish a secure path in which to develop our initial core technologies.

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« Reply #18 on: September 19, 2010, 02:09:57 pm »
Darpa Vulture Goes To Boeing

Sep 17, 2010

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has chosen Boeing’s concept for the second phase of the Vulture long-endurance unmanned aerial system (UAS) program over an offer from Lockheed Martin.

The $89 million contract calls for Boeing, which is teamed with Qinetiq, to develop a heavier-than-air platform capable of keeping 1,000 lb. of payload with 5 kw. of power aloft for five years. Work on this capability, which is described as a “pseudo satellite” system, will run through February 2014.

Darryl Davis, president of Boeing Phantom Works, says the Vulture win, which follows the Navy’s recent selection of the Integrator UAS for ship and Marine use, is a major step for the company and its plans to grow a robust unmanned aircraft business.

Boeing’s vehicle is called the Solar Eagle. It will use solar and fuel cell technologies from Qinetiq, which builds the Zephyr UAS, coupled with a new airframe.

Ultimately, an objective system could carry communications equipment or intelligence-collecting payloads augmenting or perhaps — in some cases — supplanting services now offered by satellites.

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=defense&id=news/asd/2010/09/17/04.xml&headline=Darpa%20Vulture%20Goes%20To%20Boeing

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« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2010, 05:15:13 pm »
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has called for his country to adopt a United States-style defence research agency to innovate new arms technology

Sept 22 2010

http://nextbigfuture.com/2010/09/52-years-after-darpa-was-formed-russia.html

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« Reply #20 on: September 22, 2010, 05:22:36 pm »
QinetiQ

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QinetiQ

(what a tangled web governments and defense contractors weave!)


http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/career_and_jobs/top_100_graduate_employers/article796657.ece

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From Times Online December 21, 2006

QinetiQQinetiQ is Europe’s largest science and technology solutions company, founded from the laboratories of the Ministry of Defence. Its website advertises work "from aeroelasticity to zzzzzzzz", but that doesn't mean that a career at QinetiQ (pronounced kinetic, like the energy) is boring. Recent projects include developing and testing materials for use on the new 800-seater Airbus A380 passenger aircraft; holographic imaging work for the Ford Motor Company; working with the Department of Trade and Industry to investigate the implementation of wind farms; and the development of an all-weather scanner for use at border crossings to check trucks for stowaways. QinetiQ is now one of the ten largest recruiters of graduates in the UK and hires large numbers of science and technology graduates.

QinetiQ - the bottom line:

Ranked #48 in the 2006 Top 100 Graduate Employers survey
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« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2010, 12:22:04 pm »
OCTOBER 12, 2010

DARPA gives Pratt & Whitney $33.8M for new turbine tech

The CVC technology was developed as a much more efficient way to burn fuel and air in a hypersonic aircraft travelling at speeds and heights where traditional turbine-based jet engines can’t properly function. Because of that increased operating efficiency, DARPA is looking at using CVC as the “burner” element in a power-generating turbine for naval vessels. The goal of Pratt & Whitney’s part of the Vulcan 2 program is to demonstrate a 20 percent fuel burn reduction for a ship-based power generation turbine.

http://www.thekathrynreport.com/2010/10/darpa-gives-pratt-whitney-338m-for-new.html
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« Reply #23 on: October 18, 2010, 10:56:47 am »
NASA Ames’ Worden reveals DARPA-funded ‘Hundred Year Starship’ program

October 18, 2010 

NASA Ames has “just started a project with DARPA called the Hundred Year Starship,” with $1 million funding from DARPA and $100K from NASA.

...“We also hope to inveigle some billionaires to form a Hundred Year Starship fund,”...

...“The human space program is now really aimed at settling other worlds,”...

...“NASA needs to build a true starship, probably using electric propulsion, probably also using solar energy and nuclear energy."...

...One new propulsion concept is electric propulsion...

“We are funding a young scientist to develop microwave thermal propulsion. The idea is if you can beam power to the spaceship, so you don’t have to carry all the fuel; and then you use that energy from a laser or microwave power to heat a propellant; it gets you a pretty big factor of improvement. I think that’s one way of getting off the world.”

KurzweilAI has been speaking to this scientist, Dmitriy Tseliakhovich, who has formed a company called Escape Dynamics LLC. The concept is based on a PhD thesis by Kevin L.G. Parkin and his work at Caltech, where NASA is teaming with Caltech scientists and engineers in building a prototype. Tseliakhovich said his team is also working with Autodesk on this project, which is a spinoff of a team project at Singularity University this past Summer.

...“The microwave thermal thruster using beamed propulsion is an excellent idea,”...

...140 GHz window, which apparently offers strong advantages in absorption by the materials that he uses in the propulsion system...

...“If you’re a conservative, you worry about it killing us; if you’re a liberal, you worry about us killing it. I think things like synthetic biology have lot of potential for that. I think rather than make an environment on Mars like Earth, why don’t we modify life … including the human genome … so it’s better suited to [Mars]?...

...Wordon also thinks we should go to the moons of Mars first...

...“The long-term answer [to the rapidly accelerating growth of travel in the developing world and the increase in greenhouse gas] is a 
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“Tesla in the air” —
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 using high-density batteries powered off ground-based solar grids, so your airliner stays plugged in overnight, and it’s got an electrical engine rather than a chemical engine. I think within ten years we’ll have small-scale business-level ones, and within 20, they’ll be the airliners.

...If we don’t, I think aviation’s through.”...

http://www.kurzweilai.net/nasa-ames-worden-reveals-darpa-funded-hundred-year-starship-program

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« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2010, 02:47:55 pm »
Single-chip navigation and guidance device that combines inertial measurement and timing is goal of DARPA TIMU program

Oct 18 2010

-- Scientists at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, VA, are asking industry to develop a miniature, power-efficient inertial navigation and guidance device that combines precision timing and inertial measurement on one chip for applications like personal navigation, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), and compact munitions.

DARPA issued a broad agency announcement (DARPA-BAA-11-10) Friday for the Single Chip Timing and Inertial Measurement Unit (TIMU) program to address key challenges and potential benefits of developing microscale components for advanced precision navigation, guidance, and control for military systems. The focus is on a single-chip, self-contained system that provides precise timing, location, and orientation information.

The primary goal of the DARPA TIMU program finding ways to develop a self-sufficient navigation system no larger than 10 cubic millimeters that operates on 200 milliwatts or less, and drifts less than one nautical mile per hour. DARPA scientists are interested in innovative manufacturing and advanced architectures that integrate timing and inertial measurement units.

http://www.electroiq.com/index/display/nanotech-article-display/2787320041/articles/small-times/nanotechmems/industry-news/2010/october/darpa_mems_single_chip.html

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« Reply #25 on: October 18, 2010, 03:56:48 pm »
Cyberspace is the New Domain of Warfare

Oct 18 2010

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=61310

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Real Life ‘Pre-Crime’ Technology

Oct 18 2010

...Today, we spend hundreds of millions on Internet Search Engine Optimization (SEO). And, what is that all really about? Isn’t it just trying to figure out what we’re interested in knowing more about and buying? When we wander about the Internet, we leave trails behind us. We call these footprints, ‘cookies’ when they’re on our PCs, but even if we clean those out of our Web browsers, on every Web site we visit we leave our tracks.

Is there any reason we can’t use search engine technology to predict crimes? No, there is not. In fact, we’re edging closer to doing it all the time...

http://m.zdnet.com/blog/networking/real-life-8216pre-crime-8217-technology/249
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« Reply #26 on: October 20, 2010, 11:45:17 pm »
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« Reply #27 on: October 21, 2010, 05:37:02 am »
Interesting . . .

ESPECIALLY as the "budget cyts" our lovely UK gov are imposing will banish most of our manned recon / response jets from the sky leaving only unmanned UAVs.

AND leaving the UK WIDE OPEN to a strike by . . . well whatever, whomever . . .

I see a massive FF coming guys - and after that an agreement between poor cash strapped UK and the US who will guard our skies for us - with starwars type things no doubt
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« Reply #28 on: November 02, 2010, 05:20:32 pm »
DARPA's T3: Rise of the triple-role missile

Nov 2 2010 

...Depending on the target, today's missiles offer a choice between anti-aircraft (AMRAAM), anti-radiation (HARM) and anti-cruise-missile (AERAM). 

...DARPA's triple target terminator (T3) program, awarded to Raytheon on October 22, could replace all three. Few details about T3 have been released, but Raytheon is expected to perform a T3 flight demonstration in 2014...

...That's shortly before the US Air Force plans to launch full-scale development of a dual-role (think AMRAAM + HARM) air dominance missile... 

...While Raytheon pursues DARPA's T3, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has funded Boeing to develop three enabling technologies for JDRADM. The MR ROKM program is developing essentially a shaped-charge warhead for the missile. The SITES program is integrating the guidance sensor and fuse mechanism. And, finally, DRADM-T is developing thrust-vectored controls for the rocket technology...

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2010/11/darpas-t3-rise-of-the-triple-r.html

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Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS)

...Solicitation Number: DARPA-BAA-10-87...

...Sept 16 2010...

...The Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program will demonstrate a new capability in Close Air Support (CAS) to provide firepower at the fingertips of the ground troops in contact. Key improvements are a positively controlled kill chain, digitally connected equipment for the Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), and a system growth capable architecture to support both current and future CAS systems...
...The program goal is to demonstrate the capability for a JTAC to visualize, select and employ weapons at the time of his choosing from an airborne platform. The airborne system then responds autonomously to the JTAC request for CAS weapons delivery. This provides a JTAC the ability to rapidly request and control airborne fire support. The PCAS system will provide the capability to deliver accurate weapons on target(s) within a shortened time limit...

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=bb8207248a5956dc98cf133bdb32bdc4&tab=core&_cview=0

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DARPA Effort Speeds Biothreat Response

Nov 2 2010

...New vaccine technologies not only will speed the U.S. government response to infectious diseases, but also will give officials better options for fighting bioterror attacks...

...“We’ve used H1 as an example, a proof of concept,” “We hope these technologies that are established will move on to address other issues besides influenza.”...

...Eighteen months and $100 million later, Blue Angel and the companies it funds have created new technologies for developing, testing and quickly mass-producing new vaccines...

...AMP set out to speed up the process by looking at a range of animals and plants whose cells could produce high-quality proteins that would work well in people, Magill said. What emerged from the first round of experiments were tobacco plants...

...Four companies are working to transform protein-producing tobacco plants from a proof of concept to a demonstration of the capability. The next step will be to develop full industrial processes for producing the proteins...

...The companies are Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology in Delaware, Kentucky Bioprocessing in Owensboro, a consortium called Project GreenVax, whose partners are the Texas A&M University system and a Texas company called G-Con, and Medicago USA in North Carolina...

...The full potential of MIMIC -- to take the place of clinical trials...

...Technologies developed for Blue Angel eventually will apply to a range of flu viruses and other diseases... 

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=61520

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« Reply #29 on: November 17, 2010, 10:03:22 am »
Darpa: Now We Know Why Our Mach-20 Ship Crashed

Nov 16 2010

...Higher-than-predicted yaw, which coupled into roll, thus exceeding the available control capability at the time of the anomaly.”...

...In other words, the HTV wobbled too much. Rather than risking an out-of-control flight, the bot self-destructed. On the bright side, according to a chipper Darpa release, the failed test “demonstrated successfully the first-ever use of an autonomous flight-termination system.”...

...Lockheed built two HTV-2 test vehicles, but Darpa held off on further flights until engineers could say for sure what killed the first HTV. Now the agency is ready to try again, with a few tweaks. “Engineers will adjust the vehicle’s center of gravity, decrease the angle of attack flown, and use the on-board reaction-control system to augment the vehicle flaps when HTV-2 flies next summer.”...

...Time was, Pentagon planners anticipated adapting HTV into a weapon capable of striking any target in the world within minutes of launch from a base in the United States. With that ambition running afoul of (very sensible) diplomatic concerns, planners instead envisioned using hypersonic technology in a new, superfast bomber...

...Now it’s clear the Pentagon wants a less-ambitious bomber similar to models already in service. So instead, HTV-2 and its ilk are likely to lead to a new generation of missiles that can be carried by today’s manned planes...

http://m.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/11/darpa-now-we-know-why-our-mach-20-ship-crashed/
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