‘Digital Twins’ to Enable 3D Printing on Battlefield: U.S. Army

The U.S. Army wants to make three-dimensional models of all its replacement parts available online so that Soldiers deployed downrange will eventually be able to 3D print them, said its top acquisition official. Continue reading “‘Digital Twins’ to Enable 3D Printing on Battlefield: U.S. Army”

DARPA Plans Long-Range Communications Without Large, Power-Hungry Antennas

Establishing long-range tactical communications for U.S. troops in remote locations currently requires giant parabolic dishes, tall pole-mounted antennas, large antenna domes, and high-power amplifiers. Continue reading “DARPA Plans Long-Range Communications Without Large, Power-Hungry Antennas”

New U.S. Army Research Paves Way for Drones to Change Shape Mid-Flight

Soon, the U.S. Army will be able to deploy autonomous air vehicles that can change shape during flight, according to new research presented at the AIAA Aviation Forum and Exposition’s virtual event June 16. Continue reading “New U.S. Army Research Paves Way for Drones to Change Shape Mid-Flight”

US Air Force to Use AI to Improve Intelligence Gathering

A team working virtually came together to improve the processes for U.S. Air Force Distributed Common Ground System analysts by using artificial intelligence and machine learning and incorporating it in an agile manner. Continue reading “US Air Force to Use AI to Improve Intelligence Gathering”

Blackjack Focuses on Risk Reduction Flights and Simulations to Prepare for Full Demonstration

In partnership with the U.S. Space Force and Space Development Agency, DARPA’s Blackjack program is targeting flights to low-Earth orbit (LEO) later this year and 2021. Using a series of small risk reduction satellites, the program aims to demonstrate advanced technology for satellite constellation autonomy and space mesh networks. Continue reading “Blackjack Focuses on Risk Reduction Flights and Simulations to Prepare for Full Demonstration”

U.S. Army Converts Heat into Electricity to Power Autonomous Robots for Months

An energy-efficient generator intended to power private residences could power autonomous military vehicles for months, according to U.S. Army researchers. Continue reading “U.S. Army Converts Heat into Electricity to Power Autonomous Robots for Months”

Elbit Systems Introduces a UAS-Based Long-Range Maritime Rescue Capability

Elbit Systems introduces a unique life-saving capability to its Hermes 900 Maritime Patrol Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Continue reading “Elbit Systems Introduces a UAS-Based Long-Range Maritime Rescue Capability”

Clever New Robot Rover Design Conquers Sand Traps

Built with wheeled appendages that can be lifted, a new robot developed with U.S. Army funding has complex locomotion techniques robust enough to allow it to climb sand covered hills and avoid getting stuck. The robot has NASA interested for potential surveying of a planet or the Moon. Continue reading “Clever New Robot Rover Design Conquers Sand Traps”

Innovative Research Program on Stronger, Lighter Soldier Armor Appears Promising

Soldier armor, such as bulletproof vests and helmets, depends upon high-performance ballistic fibers for its strength and effectiveness. Continue reading “Innovative Research Program on Stronger, Lighter Soldier Armor Appears Promising”

U.S. Army Researchers Develop Innovative Sensor Inspired by Elephants

Throughout time, seismic sensing – biological as well as technology-based – have aided warfighters in making critical decisions in combat. Inspired by elephants’ unique seismic sense, U.S. Army researchers are now working on a new and more efficient sensor for today’s multi-domain battlespace. Continue reading “U.S. Army Researchers Develop Innovative Sensor Inspired by Elephants”