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DARPA-Funded Research Offers Faster, Better Views of Entire Brain

June 23, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

A new research protocol developed at Stanford University and sponsored by DARPA improves on a previous technological breakthrough, reducing the imaging process that lets neuroscientists visualize a brain across multiple scales from 80 years to 220 days.

Aurora Receives X-Plane Contract Modification

June 11, 2014

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, Manassas, Virginia, has been awarded a $10,457,663 modification (P00003) exercising the first option period on a seven-month base contract (HR0011-14-C-0014), with one 16-month option period. The contractor shall provide the personnel, equipment, materials, tools, facilities and program management and technical effort to design, develop, integrate, test and deliver the contractual requirements of the program for building two X-Plane aircraft. The contracting activity is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia.

Gecko-Inspired DARPA Technology Helps Humans Scale Walls

June 6, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Spider-Man goes green, and we don’t mean environmentally friendly. How a DARPA project involving gecko-inspired paddles could help humans scale walls.

Sikorsky Receives X-Plane Contract Modification

June 6, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $10,043,483 modification (P00004) exercising the option one period on a seven-month base contract (HR0011-14-C-0010) with one 17-month option period for air-vehicle design to meet the objective of the DARPA Vertical Take-Off and Landing experimental aircraft (X-Plane) program. The contracting activity is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia.

Ibis to Develop Biosensor System

June 4, 2014

Ibis Biosciences Inc., Carlsbad, California, has been awarded a $7,217,926 cost-plus fixed-fee contract. The contract is to develop the PUMA Biosensor system, which is a new point-of-care hand-held device suitable for use in the field with molecular diagnostics for screening viruses, respiratory pathogens and bio threats. The contracting activity is DARPA, Arlington, Virginia (HR0011-14-C-0083).

Teams to Vie for $2 Million Prize in DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge

June 3, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

In the two-year Cyber Grand Challenge, 35 teams will vie for a $2 million grand prize and the honor of trying to devise a fully automated system to defend against cyber attacks.

DARPA Unveils Hack-Proof Drone, Bomb Bot

May 23, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has unveiled a drone and a mini bomb-detecting bot that operate on secure software that officials say make them hack-proof.

DARPA Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program

May 22, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

It took four decades for Fred Downs to be able to pinch himself with his left hand. Or open a jar. Or turn a key in the front door of his Virginia home. Downs now sports a new prosthetic arm funded by DARPA, and which only last week received Food and Drug Agency approval for commercial use.

DARPA Awards BLADE Phase 3 Contract

May 2, 2014

Lockheed Martin Advanced Technologies Lab, Cherry Hill, N.J., has been awarded a $13,362,252 modification (P00016) to previously awarded contract (HR0011-11-C-0033) to incorporate new add work, Phase 3, to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Behavioral Learning for Adaptive Electronic Warfare (BLADE) program. The modification brings the estimated face value of the contract to $29,367,326 from $16,005,074. The objectives of the Phase 3 BLADE program are to refine and technically mature algorithms and software developed during Phase 2 of the program and to apply them in tactically relevant environments and timeframes on tactical military electronic attack platforms. The program will culminate in over-the-air and on-the-move testing and valuation of the BLADE system in an operationally representative environment. The contracting activity is DARPA, Arlington, Virginia.

DARPA Awards Shadow UAV Mobile Hotspots Contract

March 14, 2014

L-3 Communications Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded a $16,458,470 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The work will support the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Mobile Hotspots program for phases 2 and 3 (if option is exercised). If successful, the phase 2 effort is expected to deliver a solution consisting of radio and router pods for mounting on Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles, with all mobile hotspots subsystems wholly contained within the pods. The contracting activity is DARPA, Arlington, Va., (HR0011-14-C-0047).

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