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darpa's Media: DARPA's Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration (R3D2) is set for launch in late Fe

DARPA's Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration (R3D2) is set for launch in late February on a @RocketLabUSA Electron rocket from the company's launch complex on the Mahia Peninsula of #NewZealand. The goal is to space-qualify a new type of membrane reflectarray #antenna. The antenna, made of a tissue-thin Kapton membrane, packs tightly for stowage during launch and then will deploy to its full size of 2.25 meters in diameter once it reaches low-Earth orbit (LEO). R3D2 will monitor the dynamics of antenna deployment, survivability, and the radio frequency (RF) characteristics of a membrane antenna in LEO. A successful demonstration will help prove out a smaller, faster-to-launch, lower-cost capability, allowing the Department of Defense and other users to make the most of the new commercial market for small, inexpensive launch vehicles. Satellite design, development, and launch took approximately 18 months. Rocket Lab plans to host a webcast and live stream the launch from its website. #satellite #spacelaunch #military #engineering #origami #space

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darpa's Media: Things are heating up in our Subterranean Challenge! Nine teams have qualified to take part in the

Things are heating up in our Subterranean Challenge! Nine teams have qualified to take part in the SubT Integration Exercise, known as STIX, this April at the Edgar Experimental Mine in Idaho Springs, Colorado. The exercise provides an opportunity for them to try out their technologies, including robotics, sensors, and communications solutions, in a representative environment prior to the Circuits Stage of the SubT Challenge later this year. We have not yet announced the location of the Circuits Stage competition. The overall SubT Challenge pushes teams to develop and integrate technologies that rapidly and remotely map, navigate, and search subterranean environments including natural cave systems, human-made tunnels, and urban underground settings -- spaces that are too dangerous, dark, deep, and unknown to risk human lives. Shown here is the entrance to the Edgar Mine, run by @coloradoschoolofmines. #subtchallenge #military #subterranean #cave #explore #robotics #subway #tunnel #navigation

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darpa's Media: Can understanding the highly integrated sensory and nervous systems of miniature insects help engin

Can understanding the highly integrated sensory and nervous systems of miniature insects help engineers develop smaller, lighter, more power-efficient artificial intelligence systems? DARPA's latest AI Exploration Opportunity, called μBRAIN (short for Microscale Bio-mimetic Robust Artificial Intelligence Networks), aims to find out. μBRAIN invites proposers to submit innovative basic research concepts aimed at emulating insects' impressive function in prototype computational models that can be mapped onto suitable hardware. Nature has forced on small insects drastic miniaturization and energy efficiency, some having only a few hundred neurons in a compact form-factor, while maintaining basic functionality. The primary goal of the μBRAIN effort is to understand the computational principles, architecture, and neuronal details of small bio-systems driven by extreme size, weight, and power needs in nature. Studying miniaturized insects may reveal fundamental innovations in architecture and computation analogous to their simultaneous simplicity, efficiency, and complex functionality. Compared with larger-brained organisms, these insects may hold the keys to strategies for AI that combine operational efficiencies in the use of energy, time, and space. DARPA aims to identify new computing paradigms that will enable improved AI with considerably reduced training times and power consumption. (Image: Leafhopper courtesy of ekamelev via Pixabay) #artificialintelligence #ai #insects #techgeek #entomology #electronics #microelectronics

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darpa's Media: Our Materials Architectures and Characterization for Hypersonics (MACH) program seeks new materials

Our Materials Architectures and Characterization for Hypersonics (MACH) program seeks new materials and designs for cooling the hot leading edges of hypersonic vehicles traveling more than five times the speed of sound. At those incredibly high speeds, hypersonic vehicles experience intense friction with the surrounding air. According to program manager Bill Carter, "The key is developing scalable materials architectures that enable mass transport to spread and reject heat. In recent years we've seen advances in thermal engineering and manufacturing that could enable the design and fabrication of very complex architectures not possible in the past. If successful, we could see a breakthrough in mitigating aerothermal effects at the leading edge that would enhance hypersonic performance." The MACH program seeks expertise in thermal engineering and design, advanced computational materials development, architected materials design, fabrication and testing (including net shape fabrication of high temperature metals, ceramics and their composites), hypersonic leading-edge design and performance, and advanced thermal protection systems. This image shows an artist's concept of what a hypersonic vehicle in flight might look like. #military #techgeek #aviation #aviationlovers #technology #avgeek #aircraft #hypersonics #materialsscience #engineering #manufacturing #materials #flight #computationaldesign #airforce

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darpa's Media: What does a competition among radios look like? And why should you care? The picture answers the fi

What does a competition among radios look like? And why should you care? The picture answers the first question. As for the second, RF spectrum is essential to communications and connectivity, but we live in a spectrum-limited world. As more and more wireless, connected devices come online -- think smartphones, speakers, watches, fitness trackers, cameras, etc. --- the demand for spectrum spikes. For the past century, regulators have allocated static chunks of spectrum to a relatively small group of broadcasters and service providers, as well as government and military users, and these organizations have to work within their defined spaces. As demand increases, however, society needs to make better use of all available spectrum by dynamically shuffling traffic. DARPA is exploring autonomous, software-defined radio technology that uses artificial intelligence to deconflict wireless traffic and help optimize spectrum usage. Our Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) is pushing teams to refine that technology. Last week, during the second preliminary event before the SC2 finale in 2019, teams gathered at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory to see how their radios performed when tested in different fictional scenarios, such as enabling communications by firefighters and air crew responding to a wildfire. All fifteen teams are now eligible to participate in the finale, which will occur at Mobile World Congress Americas 2019 in Los Angeles.

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darpa's Media: The scientists and engineers we fund @usnistgov are experts at building atomic clocks. Their newest

The scientists and engineers we fund @usnistgov are experts at building atomic clocks. Their newest ytterbium optical lattice clocks have set performance records for stability, reproducibility, and minimizing systematic uncertainty. Owing to their extreme performance, the clocks are useful tools for taking hard-to-conduct measurements. For instance, differences in the clocks' readouts would suggest an external factor is at play, which means the clocks could be very useful for measuring gravity. (NIST image) #instascience #laboratory #technology #innovation #scientist #clock #watchesofinstagram #military #techgeek

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darpa's Media: It's easy to not think about manufacturing, but fortunately some very innovative people do. As with

It's easy to not think about manufacturing, but fortunately some very innovative people do. As with its foundational role in the field of materials science, DARPA's investments in cost-efficient, advanced manufacturing technologies have transformed what is possible with military systems and how they are made. DARPA has led the way in areas such as additive techniques (a.k.a., 3-D printing), affordable missile production, and pioneering processes to ensure confidence through performance prediction in new manufacturing techniques, including composite bonding. See the link in our profile or visit DARPAtv on YouTube for a video explaining DARPA's manufacturing research portfolio. #manufacturing #military #engineering #engineeringlife #3dprinting #additivemanufacturing

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darpa's Media: Last week, DARPA, the Department of Energy, the National Guard, and the Department of Homeland Secu

Last week, DARPA, the Department of Energy, the National Guard, and the Department of Homeland Security tested technologies developed for DARPA's Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems (RADICS) program. The goal of RADICS is to enable black-start recovery of the power grid amidst a cyber-attack on the U.S. energy sector's critical infrastructure. RADICS research is developing technology that cybersecurity personnel, power engineers, and first responders can utilize to accelerate restoration of cyber-impacted electrical systems. Program technologies seek to accelerate recovery by maintaining situational awareness, enabling network isolation, and rapidly characterizing cyber-attacks. For this test, which took place on Plum Island, New York, DARPA set up two mock utility systems, taking advantage of some of the existing electrical infrastructure on the island. RADICS response teams were presented with a scenario in which both utilities had been taken offline by a cyber-attack several days before. The teams had to assess the damage and then implement strategies to restore power, prioritizing designated critical assets (in this case, the command center for "Utility B" and... no joke... some inflatable dancing people). The inflatable dancers provided a visual indication that power had been restored, and were a welcome site to the successful RADICS teams. @energy @dhsgov @nationalguard #techgeek #electricity

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darpa's Media: Our Subterranean Challenge asks a lot of competing teams. They must develop systems that can rapidl

Our Subterranean Challenge asks a lot of competing teams. They must develop systems that can rapidly navigate, map, assess, and sustain operations in challenging and diverse underground environments. The team led by Endeavor Robotics is pursuing an interesting potential solution in the form of a robot "marsupial" that transports a range of smaller robots for use as needed. They've produced a concept video showing potential solutions for improving wireless communication, vertical exploration, and traversing rough terrain. Link in profile or https://youtu.be/xe9eBSYqZBA. #robotics #military #subterranean #cave #explore #subway #tunnel #navigation #drone #uav

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darpa's Media: What lies beneath? It’s a question that nine DARPA-funded teams (seven physical Systems track, two

What lies beneath? It’s a question that nine DARPA-funded teams (seven physical Systems track, two Virtual track) and other independently funded teams will have the chance to answer as part of our Subterranean Challenge! See the link in our profile (or visit www.darpa.mil) to meet the teams and learn more. Why focus on the underground environment? The world beneath us leaves much to be discovered. These uncharted environments pose immense challenges to military and emergency personnel as they respond to threats from adversaries or natural disasters. #military #subterranean #cave #explore #robotics #subway #tunnel #navigation

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darpa's Media: Investments in vaccine technology made under DARPA's Blue Angel program continue to pay dividends y

Investments in vaccine technology made under DARPA's Blue Angel program continue to pay dividends years after the program concluded. Researchers recently reported positive results in Science Advances, describing "preclinical and clinical trials that demonstrate the feasibility of an adjuvanted, intradermal vaccine that induced single shot protection in ferrets and seroprotection in humans against one of the more lethal strains of pandemic flu, Indonesia H5N1." DARPA funded development of the method for producing vaccine antigen in tobacco plants (shown here), along with the use of adjuvant that, according to an article in The Washington Post, "speeds up and strengthens the body's response to the vaccine." The results come at the 100th anniversary of the influenza outbreak of 1918, a reminder of the deadly potential of pandemic illnesses. According to the CDC, the death toll from the 1918 pandemic was higher than from World War I. DARPA's Biological Technologies Office has an entire portfolio of research programs aimed at removing the pandemic threat. DARPA is developing technology to detect and characterize bio-threats anytime, anywhere, and coming up with fast-acting, new countermeasures that can be produced and distributed rapidly and at scale.

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darpa's Media: This morning at sunrise, the American flag was unfurled on the west side of the Pentagon near the 9

This morning at sunrise, the American flag was unfurled on the west side of the Pentagon near the 9/11 Memorial. Though we cannot fill the void left by those lost, their memory inspires us every day to bolster our efforts to keep our country and fellow citizens safe and secure, and we are grateful to the millions of women and men stationed at home and abroad who share in that mission.

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darpa's Media: Last week at D60, attendees got to see a demonstration of our Z-Man climbing technology. The now-co

Last week at D60, attendees got to see a demonstration of our Z-Man climbing technology. The now-complete program developed new tools for scaling a variety of surfaces, even glass. @draperlab created the technology, and it is now being commercialized by @atlasdevices. The paddles shown here blend a gripping material inspired by the structure of a gecko’s foot with vacuum seals created by the downward force of the climber’s legs. #darpa60 #military #techgeek #climbing #physics

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darpa's Media: A theme of our D60 symposium is the need for DARPA-developed technology to move from the lab into a

A theme of our D60 symposium is the need for DARPA-developed technology to move from the lab into application. We have a long history of successful transitions, such as the Javelin Anti-Tank System shown here. Javelin was developed as part of the Assault Breaker suite of programs. For current and future DARPA technologies to be as successful, we need active partnerships with the military, government, commercial industry, and other investors and organizations. #darpa60 #history #military

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darpa's Media: At the D60 symposium we’re celebrating DARPA’s past, present, and future. But let’s focus on the pa

At the D60 symposium we’re celebrating DARPA’s past, present, and future. But let’s focus on the past for a moment. Here are a few #tbtsnaps of technologies on display in our expo hall: the EXACTO self-steering round; our “Virginia Slims” miniaturized GPS receiver; the Spot #robot; and the Transit #satellite, the first satellite in what would become the world’s first global satellite navigation system. #DARPA60 #history

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darpa's Media: We’re opening the doors to the demo hall at D60 and happy to share some of the exhibits online, too

We’re opening the doors to the demo hall at D60 and happy to share some of the exhibits online, too. Here we have technologies from our Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program, including multi-mode extreme travel suspension from Pratt & Miller and the reconfigurable wheel-track from Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center. #DARPA60 #military #instatech #instacars #driving @carnegiemellon @prattmiller

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darpa's Media: The D60 symposium got off to an early start this morning with a poster session and competition amon

The D60 symposium got off to an early start this morning with a poster session and competition among our new class of "DARPA Risers" -- junior researchers selected and mentored by DARPA program managers who represent the future of defense-relevant research. From a pool of fifty Risers, three will ultimately be selected to present their research on Friday to the general session. All of them, however, are making impressive contributions to their fields, and we're excited to share their work with our guests at #DARPA60.

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darpa's Media: Smaller. Lighter. Faster. Smarter. Our engineers have been hard at work refining software and adapt

Smaller. Lighter. Faster. Smarter. Our engineers have been hard at work refining software and adapting commercially available sensors to enable small UAVs to autonomously navigate unknown environments. Operating as part of human-machine teams, smart UAVs could scout an area and report back to a squad without putting humans at risk. Why autonomy? According to the program manager, unmanned systems equipped with these algorithms need no remote pilot, no GPS guidance, no communications link, and no pre-programmed map of an area to operate. The onboard software, lightweight processor, and low-cost sensors do all of the work in real-time. And because the system doesn't require a communications link back to its base, the chances of an adversary detecting troop presence based on radio transmissions is reduced. There would be similar applications in disaster zones, where FLA-equipped UAVs could survey damaged buildings to evaluate risks to first responders. #uav #drone #robot #robotics #techgeek #military #flight #UAVmapping

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