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DARPA’s VTOL X-Plane program

VTOL X-Plane program

DARPA’s VTOL Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program seeks to enable radical improvements in vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) flight through innovative cross-pollination between the fixed-wing and rotary-wing worlds.

By |March 25, 2014|Aviation|

The Future of Tilt-Rotor Drone

The Future of Tilt-Rotor Drone 1

Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (ARES), a program developed by DARPA, demonstrate a modular transportation system built around a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) flight module operated as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

By |February 14, 2014|Aviation|

First Folding Space Telescope

First Folding Space Telescope

First Folding Space Telescope aims to “break the glass ceiling” of traditional designs. MOIRE program creates first-ever images using lightweight membrane optics, which could help redefine how we build, launch and use orbital telescopes.   Watch the video…

By |December 7, 2013|Space|

Boeing’s Phantom Swift X-Plane

Boeing's Phantom Swift X-Plane  1

Boeing Phantom Works engineers in Philadelphia designed and built a flying sub-scale model of the innovative Phantom Swift X-Plane, as a proposal for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) vertical takeoff and landing X-Plane competition. Watch the video…

By |September 16, 2013|Aviation|

CHIMP Human-Scale Rescue Robot

CHIMP Human-Scale Rescue Robot

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on a human-scale rescue robot, named the CHIMP Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform, that can take on both humanoid and tank forms, like a Transformer.

AlphaDog- Man’s mechanical best friend

AlphaDog- Man's mechanical best friend

DARPA‘s AlphaDog by manufacturer Boston Dynamics, could soon become a soldier’s best friend, autonomously following them across the battlefield and carrying their equipment.   Watch the video

100-Year Starship project

Project Daedalus Starship

Former President Bill Clinton adds his support to the 100-Year Starship initiative, a project started by DARPA the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, to research interstellar travel. The massive craft, from Project Daedalus, needed to escape our solar system next to St Pauls cathedral.   Image credit: Adrian Mann/British Interplanetary Society

By |September 10, 2012|Space|

DARPA Captive Air Amphibious Transporters (video)

DARPA Captive Air Amphibious Transporters

The Captive Air Amphibious Transporters (CAAT) has air-filled pontoons on a tank tread-like design, enabling them to carry containers over water and directly onto shore. Have a look at the video…

By |August 24, 2012|Boats, Vehicles|

X-51A Waverider hypersonic aircraft test flight fails

X-51A Waverider hypersonic aircraft

A flight test of the the X-51A Waverider scramjet experimental aircraft, ended abruptly as a faulty control fin caused the craft to be lost over the Pacific.  Artists concept of the X-51A Waverider. Credit: US Air Force

By |August 16, 2012|Aviation|

100 Year Starship project for human interstellar flight

Starship Enterprise

DARPA awarded US$500,000 funding to the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence to form 100 Year Starship (100YSS). The goal is to ensure that the capability for human interstellar travel exists within the next 100 years.  Image credit: Wikimedia

By |May 25, 2012|Space|
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