Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 program.
The Pentagon this week edged closer to mounting missile-destroying lasers on unmanned and manned aircraft, awarding $26 million to defense contractors to develop the technology. (more…)
Lockheed Martin’s famed Skunk Works has finally unveiled the long-awaited successor to the SR-71 Blackbird. Aviation Week and Space Technology’s Guy Norris pulled the covers off the project that Lockheed Martin is simply calling the SR-72. The new airplane will be roughly the same size as the record-setting Blackbird, but will be able to fly twice as fast as the jet that still holds the speed records. (more…)
Meet Atlas, a humanoid robot capable of crossing rough terrain and maintaining its balance on one leg even when hit from the side. (more…)
The Pentagon’s blue-sky research agency is readying a nearly four-year project to boost artificial intelligence systems by building machines that can teach themselves — while making it easier for ordinary schlubs like us to build them, too. (more…)
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is currently working on an initiative that would allow large drones to take off and land from the surface of small warships – rather than gigantic aircraft carriers. (more…)
The US Department of Defense (DoD) is currently testing a pair of iOptik contact lenses to determine if the advanced optics are capable of providing greater situational awareness for soldiers in the field. (more…)
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We have heard about the DARPA exoskeleton’s that have been under development for several years now. Now it’s not only being used for super soldiers, but for those with Physical disabilities. (more…)
The face of war and the war machine’s in it is changing rapidly.
CNN has a great article outlining many of the new systems being researched at DARPA and how they are changing the face of war.
U.S. Army Tests Secret Hypersonic Weapon | Fox News.
OtherSources: Wired, DefenceUpdate, AFP
I’ve long enjoyed reading and watching Black Projects, and often wonder what they are testing and what it will become. Here is what the military seems to have planned for one of the recent HyperX projects.