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Boeing backs out of military spaceplane project

January 24th, 2020

To say it’s been a rough couple of years for Boeing would be an understatement. The company has endured a number of significant setbacks — from the multiple crashes and subsequent worldwide grounding of its 737 Max aircraft to delays of its Starliner spacecraft which it eagerly wants to deliver to NASA — and now …

DARPA develops digital copilot for military aircraft

October 27th, 2016

ALIAS can fly a military helicopter and then move into another aircraft and fly that too— and ALIAS is not human. Driverless cars may have been making headlines of late, but DARPA’s ALIAS program has also been making great strides in the development of “digital pilot” technology.

‘Mayhem’ rules as DARPA’s battle of the machines hits Las Vegas

August 8th, 2016

What if machines could outsmart would-be attackers to protect national security? A system called “Mayhem” has clinched the $2 million top prize in DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge in a competition to use software that automatically defends networks against attacks. In the Cyber Grand Challenge, DARPA challenged the world to create software that can defend networks …

DARPA aims to develop smarter, nimbler vehicles

April 27th, 2016

DARPA announced on Tuesday that it has awarded contracts to eight organizations to develop more intelligent, more agile ground vehicles that aren’t burdened by extra armor. The problem that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said that it wants to address is that as weapons get better at piercing armor, adding armor to ground vehicles …

DARPA VTOL X-Plane Phase 2 Design

DARPA’s crazy plane design could allow for vertical takeoffs

March 4th, 2016

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has helped develop a lot of wondrous technology over the years, including most notably the Internet. This week, the U.S. government agency released a concept for a new kind of plane that would be a hybrid of a plane and a helicopter and could enable vertical takeoffs. DARPA’s new VTOL …