TAG: DARPA

DARPA Seeks Ideas for UAS Aircraft Carrier in the Sky

November 19, 2014By
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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is asking for input on how to launch and recover multiple small unmanned air systems (UAS) from existing large aircraft, such as the C-130. It has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking technical, security and business insights on “aircraft carriers in the sky.” In DARPA’s “blended approach,” a large aircraft would host a small UAS and facilitate its operations. The agency says... read more

Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Micro-Gyro Prototype for DARPA Program

October 23, 2013By
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Northrop Grumman Corporation has developed and demonstrated a new micro-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Gyro (micro-NMRG) prototype for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), providing precision navigation for size- and power-constrained applications. The development of a hermetically sealed micro-NMRG that meets precision navigation requirements along with a successful prototype demonstration marks the fourth and final phase of DARPA’s Navigation-Grade Integrated Micro... read more

Expert Advice: The Chip-Scale Combinatorial Atomic Navigator

August 1, 2013By
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By Andrei Shkel, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Future breakthroughs in microtechnology for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) will likely rely on yet-to-be-exploited physics, new materials, highly specialized fabrication technologies, batch assembly techniques, selective wafer-level trimming and polishing, a combination of passive and active calibration techniques strategically implemented right on-chip, and introduction of innovative test technologies. Such microtechnology advances... read more

Get Back, Loretta: DARPA Seeks to Eliminate GPS Dependence

July 24, 2013By
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By Alan Cameron Call it irony, poetic justice, or just the nature of the beast. The same impulse that led to the invention of GPS now has engendered a drive to beget non-GPS. In the 1970s, the U.S. military began putting together a program “to drop five bombs in the same hole.” The program office, to the wall of which... read more

Microtechnology Comes of Age

September 1, 2011By
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The aggregated DARPA Microtechnology for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (micro-PNT) program is pursuing a new wave of innovation focused on bringing to life revolutionary ideas and fabrication technologies on micro/nano/pico/femto/atto scales, packaging, ultra-low-power electronics, innovative algorithms, never-before-explored architectures, and exploitation of new integration paradigms. read more

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