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Experimental U.S. Air Force space plane breaks previous record for orbital spaceflight

Experimental U.S. Air Force space plane breaks previous record for orbital spaceflight The Boeing-built X-37B space plane commissioned and operated by the U.S. Air Force has now broken its own record for time spent in space. Its latest mission has lasted 719 days as of today, which is one day longer than […]

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This new autonomous startup has designed its delivery robot to conquer winter

This new autonomous startup has designed its delivery robot to conquer winter Refraction, a new autonomous delivery robot company that came out of stealth Wednesday at TC Sessions: Mobility, sees opportunity where most AV startups are avoiding: regions with the worst weather. The company, founded by University of Michigan professors Matthew Johnson-Roberson […]

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CMU team develops a robot and drone system for mine rescues

CMU team develops a robot and drone system for mine rescues On our final day in Pittsburgh, we find ourself in a decommissioned coal mine. Just northeast of the city proper, Tour-Ed’s owners run field trips and tours during the warmer months, despite the fact that the mine’s innards run a constant […]

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Watch Rocket Lab’s first launch of 2019 lift a DARPA experiment into orbit

Watch Rocket Lab’s first launch of 2019 lift a DARPA experiment into orbit Rocket Lab, the Kiwi operation working on breaking into the launch industry with small but frequent launches, has its first launch of the year today, due to take off in just a few minutes. Tune in below! The company […]

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Seraphim attracts the UK’s Ministry of Defence to its SpaceTech accelerator

Seraphim attracts the UK’s Ministry of Defence to its SpaceTech accelerator In the US the links between private sector technology and the defense industry are long and well known. And in the realm of startups, DARPA, has long fostered new technologies such as those around drones. But despite the world-class defense sector […]

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DARPA wants smart bandages for wounded warriors

DARPA wants smart bandages for wounded warriors Nowhere is prompt and effective medical treatment more important than on the battlefield, where injuries are severe and conditions dangerous. DARPA thinks that outcomes can be improved by the use of intelligent bandages and other systems that predict and automatically react to the patient’s needs. […]

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Rocket Lab snags DARPA launch contract for first 2019 mission

Rocket Lab snags DARPA launch contract for first 2019 mission Launch startup Rocket Lab is following the success of its first couple commercial launches by adding a prestigious (and deep-pocketed) new client: DARPA. The New Zealand-based company will send an experimental satellite called R3D2 into low Earth orbit sometime in late February […]

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DARPA wants to teach and test ‘common sense’ for AI

DARPA wants to teach and test ‘common sense’ for AI It’s a funny thing, AI. It can identify objects in a fraction of a second, imitate the human voice and recommend new music, but most machine “intelligence” lacks the most basic understanding of everyday objects and actions — in other words, common […]

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DARPA dedicates $75 million (to start) into reinventing chip tech

DARPA dedicates million (to start) into reinventing chip tech The Defense Department’s research arm, DARPA, is throwing a event around its “Electronics Resurgence Initiative,” an effort to leapfrog existing chip tech by funding powerful but unproven new ideas percolating in the industry. It plans to spend up to $1.5 billion on this […]

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DARPA design shifts round wheels to triangular tracks in a moving vehicle

DARPA design shifts round wheels to triangular tracks in a moving vehicle As part of its Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program, DARPA is showcasing some new defense vehicle tech that’s as futuristic as it is practical. One of the innovations, a reconfigurable wheel-track, comes out of Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center […]

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