Pentagon loses hypersonic aircraft over Pacific Ocean



The Pentagon lost contact with the Falcon HTV-2 as it attempted to conduct a hypersonic test flight over the Pacific Ocean.

Mach-20 vehicle to launch today

An experimental vehicle that can fly at 20 times the speed of sound and reach anywhere in the world within an hour is due to lift off today.

Pentagon targets "insider" cyber threats

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Raytheon have teamed up to develop an insider threat research program.

DARPA woos hackers to improve military tech

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says it's prepared to dish out funds to hackers who can help it with cybersecurity.

Pentagon tries to grok social media

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is stepping up its efforts to wage effective propaganda campaigns on various social networking sites.

Video: Project GreenVax targets potential biothreats

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has released a video documenting the progress of Project GreenVax.

Video: DARPA showcases nano "hummingbird" flyer

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) kicked off its Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) program in 2005, with the goal of developing agile flying systems that could fit in one hand.

DARPA wants you to design its next UAV

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has had a great idea about how to develop the next generation of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - it wants you to do it.

DARPA eyes next-gen MEMS gyroscope technology

Northrop Grumman and the Georgia Institute of Technology have been tapped to develop a next-gen Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) gyroscope for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

DARPA's new telescope is ready for aliens

The Air Force and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have just created the world’s coolest telescope, strong enough to see all those aliens on other planets. 

This 3D holographic display is ready for combat

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Zebra Imaging have designed a real-time, 360-degree 3D holographic display to assist battle planners.

US military wants a universal translator - STAT

Since 1954, there has been a definite need for an automated method of translating communications - as evidenced by IBM's introduction of its 701 computer that was tasked with crunching Russian text into English.

Hummingbird spy drone developed for DARPA

Under a contract from DARPA, AeroVironment Unmanned Aircraft Systems has created a hummingbird spy drone, the first two-wing, flapping-wing aircraft that carries its own energy source and can hover as well as move forwards.

DARPA recruits AI powered vehicles for surveillance missions

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has kicked off an initiative to develop advanced machine-based visual intelligence capabilities for camera-equipped, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs).

Photon technology accelerates data transfers

A new photon-based optical network being researched by the U.S. government could potentially deliver huge amounts of data and images much faster than current optical networks.

DARPA plans to sniff round cities to detect chemical attack

We're not sure if this is genius or utter lunacy - actually, we think we've got a pretty good idea - but the Defense Department has decided that it wants to know how each major city in the US smells, in order to help detect chemical attacks.

NASA wants to build a 100-year Starship

NASA and DARPA are teaming up to examine the feasibility of designing a "100-year Starship" capable of interstellar travel.

Battery of the future not yet assembled.

The average consumer of electronic devices wishes for a longer lasting, rechargeable battery that gives them more charges. Nanotechnology that is already being used in most conventional batteries and new research could give birth to a tiny generation of rechargeable batteries that hold more energy than ever before.

Boeing SolarEagle will stay aloft for five years

Boeing has clinched a lucrative $89 million deal with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and fly an unmanned aircraft capable of staying aloft for up to five years.

DARPA redefines extreme supercomputing

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing an "ExtremeScale" supercomputer to overcome the "limitations" of current systems.