It seems inconceivable that an aircraft that can travel from New York to Los Angeles in 12 minutes — less time than it takes to wake up, whip together a proper breakfast and soak in the world news exists. But it does and DARPA's planning to test the unmanned Falcon HTV-2 aircraft today!
Back in May, we showed you the winner of DARPA's XC2V crowd-sourced military vehicle competition, which supposedly was going to get turned into a fully functional prototype by June. Well, it's June, and in a remarkably non-governmental display of punctuality, they've actually gone and built the thing.
Even through traumatic brain injury has the word "traumatic" in it, it's often the case that soldiers in combat are exposed to things blowing up that leave mild to moderate brain injuries that go undetected. DARPA's new field blast gauge is designed to help medics tell exactly how much blast exposure someone has, and whether they need treatment.
Apparently, a spooked caterpillar is one of the speediest creatures in nature. It'll simply roll up into a wheel and flick itself away. Interesting! And now a team from Tufts, with cash from DARPA, as made an unsettling robot that does the same thing.
DARPA's looking for a way to give soldiers on the ground more direct access to air support, and the solution that they've come up with involves a nifty-looking set of holographic sunglasses.
DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is one of those super secret government agencies that dreams up wild new technology for the US military, so it's kind of a shock to discover that their latest project is a video game that anyone can download and play.
DARPA decided to take a stab at crowdsourcing a new concept vehicle on a common chassis designed for both combat reconnaissance and combat delivery & evacuation. They allowed the public to provide feedback and vote on different proposals, and here are the winners.
DARPA's budget for next year includes funding for all kinds of wild new medical technologies for military medicine, from electromagnetic tissue regeneration to a machine that can suck your blood out, clean it, and then fill you back up.
Stealth drones save troops, but they get shot down easily. DARPA's given the engineers at Boston Dynamics the green light to build the world's fastest four-legged robot based on a cheetah. Sounds like Beast Wars' Cheetor to us!
In 2007, DARPA committed to funding the development of a prototype unmanned aircraft called "Blackswift" that would be able to take off from a runway unassisted and be anywhere in the world within a few hours. The program was canceled just a year later, but now, it's back.