Articles Tagged: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

DARPA is developing a robotic space transportation hub needing no humans

DARPA has a history of making things that sound fantastic a reality. One of the latest projects that DARPA is working on is reportedly a space-based transportation hub that would be able to build, refuel, and repair spacecraft in orbit around the Earth. The coolest part about this space hub is that it would operate without humans on board.

DARPA issues contracts to build hypersonic space plane XS-1

The problem of achieving cheap and reliable access to space has vexed engineers since the dawn of the space age. The recent run of launch failures, including the midair destruction of a Falcon 9 rocket previously reported by the Verge, proves that space flight is still a tricky business. DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is seeking to change all of that with its XS-1 space plane project. According to a Friday story in the UK Telegraph, DARPA has awarded contracts to three aerospace firms to develop a prototype of the space plane and to come with a design for the final model.

DARPA Names 7 Finalists in $2M Challenge for Automated Cyber Defense

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has chosen the seven finalists in its program to develop an automated computer system that will work to detect, mitigate and defeat cyber vulnerabilities, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

DARPA “Brandeis” Program Aims to Ensure Online Privacy Through Technology

DARPA has announced plans to research and develop tools for online privacy, one of the most vexing problems facing the connected world as devices and data proliferate beyond a capacity to be managed responsibly.

Fighter Jets May Launch Small Satellites to Space

Small satellites could hitch rides to space on an F-15 fighter jet by next year, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency responsible for developing new technologies for the U.S. military.

Delivering Big Things (to SPACE) in Small Packages

Through its Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) program, DARPA has been developing new concepts and architectures to get small satellites into orbit more economically on short notice. Bradford Tousley, director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, provided an update on ALASA today at the 18th Annual Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Commercial Space Transportation Conference in Washington, D.C.

DARPA XS-1 space plane could allow rapid deployment of satellites, fuel depots

According to a Monday story on DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is having another go at developing a space plane that can deliver a payload to low Earth orbit, land, and then be rapidly turned around to do it again. The dream is as old as the original space shuttle program, but has thus far eluded researchers. Three teams have been selected to pursue initial study contracts.

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