October 7, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S. Army soldiers launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for surveillance and reconnaissance in Germany. Research by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) aims to provide UAVs, along with various small handheld devices, with power sources providing twice the energy and 10 times the shelf life of conventional batteries in extreme environments. Credit: U.S. Army photo

Future unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets may be able to operate in hot conditions for long periods of time if new power source research bears fruit. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has launched a program to develop portable power sources for unmanned and autonomous systems operating in extreme environments.

Known as the Robust Energy Sources for Intelligence Logistics in Extreme, Novel and Challenging Environments (RESILIENCE) program, the effort is tapping corporate and academic expertise to build power sources, largely batteries, that can provide an extended supply of power in the face of conditions that otherwise sap conventional batteries.

August 24, 2020
By George I. Seffers
New York City was one of the early hotspots for the spread of COVID-19. New York University researchers funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation have been studying human behavior near medical facilities to help inform policies on pandemics and other potential disasters. Credit: GagliardiPhotography/Shutterstock

New York University researchers are studying people’s behavior as they leave healthcare facilities to see how they physically interact with their immediate surroundings. The research will help develop localized disease-transmission models that can be applied to larger areas, such as cities. Potential models could be critical for predicting the continued spread of COVID-19 as well as future pandemics. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding the Three-dimensions to Enhance Response (DETER) one-year project.

June 24, 2011
By George Seffers

Torch Technologies, Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded more than $48 million to investigate, design, develop, and evaluate a scalable simulation enterprise for the Army's Aviation and Missile Command Research, Development, and Engineering Center. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.