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What you need to know about DARPA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military.

DARPA is independent from other military research and development and reports directly to senior Department of Defense management. DARPA has ca. 240 personnel (13 in management, close to 140 technical) directly managing a $3 billion budget.

Active projects

• 4MM (4-minute mile): Wearable jetpack to enable soldiers to run at increased speed.
• Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (formerly TX): Cargo carrying UAV.
• “Aircraft Carriers in the Sky”: Using large manned aircraft to launch and recover small UAVs.
• ACTUV: A project to build an unmanned Anti-submarine warfare vessel.
• Adaptive Execution Office: AEO provides the agency with robust connections to the war fighter community and assists the agency with the planning and execution of technology demonstrations and field trials to promote adoption by the war fighter.
• Air Dominance Initiative: Developmental technologies to be used in sixth generation jet fighters.
• ALASA: (Airborne Launch Assist Space Access): A rocket capable of launching a 100-pound satellite into low Earth orbit for less than $1 million.
• Atlas: A humanoid robot.
• Battlefield Illusion
• Big Mechanism: Cancer research.
• BigDog/Legged Squad Support System: legged robots.
• BlockADE: Rapidly constructed barrier.
• Boeing X-37
• Boomerang (mobile shooter detection system): an acoustic gunfire locator developed by BBN Technologies for detecting snipers on military combat vehicles.
• Captive Air Amphibious Transporter
• Clean-Slate Design of Resilient, Adaptive, Secure Hosts (CRASH), a TCTO initiative
• Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System
• Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE): Modular software architecture for UAVs to pass information to each other in contested environments to identify and engage targets with limited operator direction.
• Combat Zones That See: “track everything that moves” in a city by linking up a massive network of surveillance cameras
• Computational Weapon Optic (CWO): Computer rifle scope that combines various features into one optic.
• DARPA XG: technology for Dynamic Spectrum Access for assured military communications
• EATR: An autonomous tactical robotic system
• Experimental Spaceplane 1: first stage of a reusable space transport
• Ground X-Vehicle Technology
• Fast Lightweight Autonomy: Software algorithms that enable small UAVs to fly fast in cluttered environments without GPS or external communications.[44]
• High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System
• High Productivity Computing Systems
• Human Universal Load Carrier: battery-powered human exoskeleton
• Hydra: Undersea network of mobile unmanned sensors.
• Integrated Sensor is Structure
• Long Range Anti-Ship Missile
• MAHEM: Molten penetrating munition
• MEMS Exchange: MEMS[clarification needed] Implementation Environment[citation needed]
• MeshWorm: an earthworm-like robot.
• Mind’s Eye: A visual intelligence system capable of detecting and analyzing activity from video feeds.
• Near Zero Power RF and Sensor Operations (N-ZERO): Reducing or eliminating the standby power unattended ground sensors consume.
• Next Generation Tactical Wearable Night Vision: Smaller and lighter sunglass-sized night vision devices that can switch between different viewing bands.
• One Shot: Sniper scope that automatically measures crosswind and range to ensure accuracy in field conditions.
• Persistent Close Air Support
• Phoenix: A satellite project with the aim to recycle retired satellite parts into new on-orbit assets. System launches no earlier than 2016 or 2017.[34][52] Satlet tests in low Earth orbit may occur as soon as 2015.
• Protein Design: Processes
• Proto 2: a thought-controlled prosthetic arm
• Remote-controlled insects
• Satellite Remote Listening System: a satellite mounted system that can eavesdrop on a targeted area on the surface of the planet in coordination with satellite cameras. This project is in its infant stage.
• DARPA Silent Talk: A planned program attempting to identify EEG patterns for words and transmit these for covert communications.
• System of Systems Integration Technology and Experimentation (SoSITE): Combinations of aircraft, weapons, sensors, and mission systems that distribute air warfare capabilities across a large number of interoperable manned and unmanned platforms.
• Squad X Core Technologies (SXCT): Digitized, integrated technologies that improve infantry squads’ awareness, precision, and influence.
• SyNAPSE: Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics
• XOS: powered military exoskeleton
• Tactical Boost Glide (TBG): Air-launched hypersonic boost glide missile.[Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node: Ship-based long-range ISR UAV.
• UAVForge
• Upward Falling Payloads: Payloads stored on the ocean floor that can be activated and retrieved when needed.
• ULTRA-Vis (Urban Leader Tactical Response, Awareness and Visualization): Heads-up display for individual soldiers.
• VTOL X-Plane
• Vulture
• Warrior Web: Soft exosuit to alleviate musculoskeletal stress on soldiers when carrying heavy loads.
• WolfPack
• XDATA: Processing and analyzing vast amounts of information.

 

Source: Wikipedia  and DARPA

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