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image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "Our Gremlins program aims for airborne launch and recovery of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems. We look forwar" - 1761989201752372802
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Our Gremlins program aims for airborne launch and recovery of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems. We look forward to working with Defense Department integration partners to deliver new capabilities, and a Phase 3 contract to Dynetics furthers the cause. (Artist’s concept)

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "Ready! Launch! Repeat! The DARPA #LaunchChallenge, announced yesterday, aims to accelerate capabilities for industry to " - 1761057528999182167
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Ready! Launch! Repeat! The DARPA , announced yesterday, aims to accelerate capabilities for industry to deliver flexible and responsive launch solutions—promoting rapid access to space. The Challenge, with its $10 million top prize, is designed to address emerging Department of Defense needs for flexible and responsive space launch. That means being ready to launch payloads to orbit on short notice, with no prior knowledge of the payload, destination, or launch site. And then, do it all over again, quickly. DARPA is hosting a Competitors Day on May 23 to provide more details.

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "April is Limb Loss Awareness Month, so take a minute to learn about the efforts of Claudia Mitchell, a @Marines veteran " - 1759568627449086430
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April is Limb Loss Awareness Month, so take a minute to learn about the efforts of Claudia Mitchell, a @Marines veteran and upper-limb amputee, who is participating in a cutting-edge research project run by @ClevelandClinic to restore touch sensation to users of prosthetic limbs. Claudia, an Arkansas native, lost her arm to a motorcycle crash. She tried other prosthetic limbs, but without sensation even managing simple tasks was a challenge. Now that she has sensors in her prosthesis connected to the nerves and muscles in her chest, she can control her new arm naturally and feel when her arm touches things. The research was funded by DARPA's RE-NET and HAPTIX programs. (Image: Cleveland Clinic)

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "Coatings, thin films, and advanced surfaces contribute important properties to critical Department of Defense systems, d" - 1754494703719747056
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Coatings, thin films, and advanced surfaces contribute important properties to critical Department of Defense systems, devices, and technologies. However, the traditional processes for applying these coatings can be destructive to the substrate, requiring very high temperatures generated in a vacuum, and thus limiting applications. Our now-complete Local Control of Materials Synthesis (LoCo) program invested in new technologies for applying surface films and coatings. Program performer @SouthwestResearchInstitute developed new High-Power Impulse Plasma Source technology that can generate room-temperature plasmas for applying advanced coatings to materials without the need for vacuum chambers. Hi-PIPS, as it's known, can generate plasmas safe enough to touch, as shown here.

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "We invite you to participate in DARPA's inaugural Electronics Resurgence Initiative Summit, July 23-25, 2018, in San Fra" - 1751719527043166834
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We invite you to participate in DARPA's inaugural Electronics Resurgence Initiative Summit, July 23-25, 2018, in San Francisco! This annual event will bring together those most impacted by the coming inflection in Moore's Law, including senior representatives from the commercial sector, defense industrial base, academia, and government, to promote collaboration and cooperation on shaping the future direction of U.S. innovation. Among the speakers are John Hennessy, chairman of Alphabet; Gary Dickerson, president and CEO of Applied Materials, Inc.; Walden Rhines, president and CEO of Mentor, a Siemens Business; Aart de Geus, chairman and co-CEO of Synopsys; Bill Dally, chief scientist at NVIDIA and senior vice president of NVIDIA Research; and Mike Mayberry, CTO of Intel Corporation and senior vice president and managing director of Intel Labs. The event will also highlight progress and opportunities within DARPA's ERI research programs. Registration opens May 1.

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "On April 1, 1960, the world's first #weather #satellite, the Television and Infrared Observations Satellite (TIROS), was" - 1748691249512324159
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On April 1, 1960, the world's first , the Television and Infrared Observations Satellite (TIROS), was launched into orbit. ARPA initiated the TIROS program in 1958 and transferred it to @NASA a year later. (NASA image)

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "Our OFFSET program (it stands for OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics) envisions future small-unit infantry forces using sma" - 1746706277494908604
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Our OFFSET program (it stands for OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics) envisions future small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aircraft systems and/or small unmanned ground systems in swarms of 250 robots or more for missions in complex urban environments. The program is structured into five "swarm sprints," each focused on a different technical challenge: Swarm Tactics, Swarm Autonomy, Human-Swarm Team, Virtual Environment, and Physical Testbed. We're now seeking concepts for our second sprint, this one focused on autonomy. Proposals are due on April 30, 2018. (Artist concept)

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DARPA-funded researchers at @WakeHealth and @USCViterbi published this week in the Journal of Neural Engineering that they have demonstrated the first successful implementation in humans of a proof-of-concept system for restoring memory function by facilitating memory encoding using the patient's own neural codes. Volunteers in the study demonstrated up to 37 percent improvement in short-term, working memory over baseline levels. The work was supported by DARPA's Restoring Active Memory program and brings DARPA closer to its goal of developing an implantable, closed-loop memory prosthesis to help military personnel overcome some of the worst effects of brain injury and illness. Shown in this figure: a conceptual model of the hippocampal memory prosthesis. (DARPA image via Wake Forest Baptist Health)

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "For many years beginning in 1994, DARPA provided substantial funding in the then emergent arena of micro-electro-mechani" - 1730727357864425821
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For many years beginning in 1994, DARPA provided substantial funding in the then emergent arena of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMs). With lineage in microelectronics technology, MEMs researchers cleverly adapted standard semiconductor-fabrication methods to fabricate miniature mechanical structures such as flexible membranes, cantilevers, and even trains of interdigitated gears, and integrated these with electronics to create a menagerie of MEM systems. Among the target deliverables for the DoD were inertial navigation devices for smartening up weapons and tracking soldiers, miniaturized "laboratories on a chip" for such uses as detecting biological weapons in the field, and optical switches and displays. DARPA's patient support is widely credited with adding consequential momentum to the field of MEMs, which since has blossomed into a multi-billion dollar market in the military and civilian sectors. Shown here for scale, a spider mite approaching a gear chain. (Image courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories, SUMMiT(tm) Technologies, www.sandia.gov/mstc, @SandiaLabs)

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "Just in case you thought for a second that this picture shows a very large #gecko, rest assured that it's simply the CBB" - 1729346903239680408
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Just in case you thought for a second that this picture shows a very large , rest assured that it's simply the CBBC's Andy Torbet demonstrating DARPA's biomimetic Z-Man climbing technology, developed by Draper Laboratory. Andy is shown here climbing the side of the EF Education First building in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The technology he's using was inspired by the pads on a gecko's feet. The Z-Man paddles combine pistons, suction cups, and a gecko skin-like surface that adheres to glass and other surfaces. With this tool, Andy was able to climb the building in 45 minutes. A gecko would have beat him handily -- clocking in at 52 seconds to cover the same distance -- but everything in moderation...

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "Just in case you thought for a second that this picture shows a very large #gecko, rest assured that it's simply the CBB" - 1729345277409920629
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Just in case you thought for a second that this picture shows a very large , rest assured that it's simply the CBBC's Andy Torbet demonstrating DARPA's biomimetic Z-Man climbing technology, developed by Draper Laboratory. Andy is shown here climbing the side of the EF Education First building in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The technology he's using was inspired by the pads on a gecko's feet. The Z-Man paddles combine pistons, suction cups, and a gecko skin-like surface that adheres to glass and other surfaces. With this tool, Andy was able to climb the building in 45 minutes. A gecko would have beat him handily -- clocking in at 52 seconds to cover the same distance -- but everything in moderation...

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "Twenty years and one day ago, the Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft flew for the first time i" - 1725583022205727220
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Twenty years and one day ago, the Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft flew for the first time in a test flight that took off from Edwards Air Force Base. After a 56-minute flight, the aircraft landed safely and stopped itself on the runway, just six inches off the painted centerline. DARPA funded this technology demonstrator, dubbed Air Vehicle 1, which was built by Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical (acquired by Northrop Grumman Corporation in 1999). Global Hawk aircraft have been in active operation with the United States Air Force since 2001, amassing more than 250,000 flight hours in support of military and humanitarian operations. Able to fly at high altitudes for more than 30 hours at a time, Global Hawk gathers near-real-time, high-resolution imagery in all weather, day or night.

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "Yesterday DARPA entered its seventh decade of helping to define the technologies of our times. In the sixty years prior," - 1710525098869721100
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Yesterday DARPA entered its seventh decade of helping to define the technologies of our times. In the sixty years prior, DARPA became widely known as a driver of technological developments that have girded national security (think stealth, precision munitions, and unmanned aerial vehicles) and that sometimes have transformed daily civilian life (think the internet, miniaturized GPS, and emerging fleets of driverless vehicles). But while technology changes all the time, our agency logo has remained remarkably consistent (for better or worse). Here we present sixty years' worth of DARPA/ARPA logos.

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "Our new Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program turns to marine organisms to help monitor strategic waters such" - 1706145964609559699
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Our new Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program turns to marine organisms to help monitor strategic waters such as straits and littoral regions. The program will explore how highly adapted sea life could help the U.S. military detect adversary activity over these large maritime areas.

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "Our "Sea Hunter" prototype vessel, created under the ACTUV program, has transitioned to @usnavyresearch for further deve" - 1704586230165249692
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Our "Sea Hunter" prototype vessel, created under the ACTUV program, has transitioned to @usnavyresearch for further development! Sea Hunter is a highly autonomous unmanned ship; the crew and wheelhouse seen here were only present for testing. ONR will now continue developing the prototype as the Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV), the first of what could ultimately become an entirely new class of ocean-going vessel able to traverse thousands of kilometers over open seas for months at a time, without a single crew member aboard.

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "While the Grand and Urban Challenges really put things into gear, DARPA was already experimenting with self-driving tech" - 1700338936343465199
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While the Grand and Urban Challenges really put things into gear, DARPA was already experimenting with self-driving technology with our Crusher unmanned ground combat vehicle, developed by Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center circa 2005. Crusher could autonomously negotiate forests, deserts, mountains, wetlands, and other obstacle-riddled, off-road terrain. @carnegiemellon

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "Engineers from Cornell University and Honeywell Aerospace have demonstrated a new method for remotely vaporizing electro" - 1694527539038879499
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Engineers from Cornell University and Honeywell Aerospace have demonstrated a new method for remotely vaporizing electronics into thin air, giving devices and their data the ability to vanish on command. The new method uses a silicon-dioxide microchip attached to a polycarbonate shell. Within the shell are microscopic cavities filled with rubidium and sodium biflouride, chemicals that can thermally react and decompose the microchip. The thermal reaction can be triggered remotely by using radio waves to open graphene-on-nitride valves that keep the chemicals sealed in the cavities. The work was funded in part by DARPA's VAPR program. (Image courtesy of @cornelluniversity) @honeywell_aero

image by DARPA (@darpa) with caption : "Noise is an obstacle in the race to realize systems that can be used to develop quantum computing technologies. Among th" - 1690818782651915000
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Noise is an obstacle in the race to realize systems that can be used to develop quantum computing technologies. Among the approaches for quantum computing is the superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), shown at the bottom of this @energy figure. Researchers have demonstrated that the main source of noise is magnetic defects on the SQUID, which are produced by molecular oxygen (O2) adsorbed on its surface. This artist's concept shows magnetic noise caused by O2. The twisted magnetic field lines are induced by harmful fluctuating magnetic spins (arrows) of O2 (spheres) on the surface of a SQUID quantum bit. The ability to develop SQUID-based quantum computers will require that stored magnetic data can survive for long times. This discovery of the origin of magnetic noise in SQUIDs--funded by DARPA, U.S. Department of Energy, Army Research Office, and others--will help inform design strategies for development of tunable superconducting qubits with long lifetimes.