SES and MDA Announce First Satellite Life Extension Agreement

SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and MDA, a global communications and information company, announced today an agreement for an initial satellite life extension mission using an on-orbit refuelling vehicle being built by SSL, a US based subsidiary of MDA and a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems. SES will be Read more about SES and MDA Announce First Satellite Life Extension Agreement[…]

Phantom Express is envisioned as a highly autonomous experimental spaceplane

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are collaborating to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. Boeing will develop an autonomous, reusable spaceplane capable of carrying and deploying a small expendable upper stage to launch small (3,000 pound/1,361 kg) satellites into low Read more about Phantom Express is envisioned as a highly autonomous experimental spaceplane[…]

World’s Most Powerful Emulator of Radio-Signal Traffic Opens for Business

We are not referring here to the storied concrete Colosseum in Rome, which was completed in 80 A.D. and remains famous for its ancient gladiatorial spectacles. We are talking here about DARPA’s Colosseum, a next-generation electronic emulator of the invisible electromagnetic world. Though it resides in a mere 30-foot by 20-foot server room on the Read more about World’s Most Powerful Emulator of Radio-Signal Traffic Opens for Business[…]

Molecular storage concepts for future data storage, retrieval and processing

As the complexity and volume of global digital data grows, so too does the need for more capable and compact means of processing and storing data. To address this challenge, DARPA has announced its Molecular Informatics program, which seeks a new paradigm for data storage, retrieval, and processing. Instead of relying on the binary digital Read more about Molecular storage concepts for future data storage, retrieval and processing[…]

RadioBio: What role does electromagnetic signaling have in biological systems?

For decades scientists have wondered whether electromagnetic waves might play a role in intra- and inter-cell signaling. Researchers have suggested since the 1960s, for example, that terahertz frequencies emanate from cell membranes, but they’ve lacked the technology and tools to conduct reproducible experiments that could prove whether electromagnetic waves constitute purposeful signals for biological function—or Read more about RadioBio: What role does electromagnetic signaling have in biological systems?[…]

OrbitOutlook Integrates Largest and Most Diverse Network of Space Sensors Ever to Help Avoid Collisions in Space

More than 500,000 pieces of manmade space debris—including spent rocket stages, defunct satellites, and fragments as small as flecks of paint—currently hurtle around the Earth at roughly 17,000 miles per hour. At those speeds, impacts involving even the smallest of those items can damage satellites and spawn chain reactions of collisions, increasing the amount of Read more about OrbitOutlook Integrates Largest and Most Diverse Network of Space Sensors Ever to Help Avoid Collisions in Space[…]

Accelerated Computation for Efficient Scientific Simulation (ACCESS) program

DARPA seeks proposals for innovative hybrid analog-digital computing architectures to enable petaflop super-computing performance in a desktop form factor. Whether designed to predict the spread of an epidemic, understand the potential impacts of climate change, or model the acoustical signature of a newly designed ship hull, computer simulations are an essential tool of scientific discovery. Read more about Accelerated Computation for Efficient Scientific Simulation (ACCESS) program[…]

New Tools for Human-Machine Collaborative Design

Advanced materials are increasingly embodying counterintuitive properties, such as extreme strength and super lightness, while additive manufacturing and other new technologies are vastly improving the ability to fashion these novel materials into shapes that would previously have been extremely costly or even impossible to create. Generating new designs that fully exploit these properties, however, has Read more about New Tools for Human-Machine Collaborative Design[…]

WiFi Capacity Doubled at Less than Half the Size

Last year, Columbia Engineering researchers were the first to invent a technology—full-duplex radio integrated circuits (ICs)—that can be implemented in nanoscale CMOS to enable simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency in a wireless radio. That system required two antennas, one for the transmitter and one for the receiver. And now the team, led Read more about WiFi Capacity Doubled at Less than Half the Size[…]

Novel electronic-photonic integrated circuit debuts

Integrated circuits traditionally have been a domain reserved for electrons, which course through exquisitely tiny transistors, wires and other microscopic structures where the digital calculations and data processing that underlie so much of modern technology unfold. Increasingly, however, chip designers have been acting on a long-ripening vision of enlisting photons instead of, or in tandem Read more about Novel electronic-photonic integrated circuit debuts[…]

Boosting Synaptic Plasticity to Accelerate Learning

The body’s branching network of peripheral nerves connects neurons in the brain and spinal cord to organs, skin, and muscles, regulating a host of biological functions from digestion to sensation to locomotion. But the peripheral nervous system can do even more than that, which is why DARPA already has research programs underway to harness it Read more about Boosting Synaptic Plasticity to Accelerate Learning[…]

Cool Technology Turns Down the Heat on High-Tech Equipment

Thousands of electrical components make up today’s most sophisticated systems – and without innovative cooling techniques, those systems get hot. Lockheed Martin is working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) on its ICECool-Applications research program that could ultimately lead to a lighter, faster and cheaper way to cool high-powered Read more about Cool Technology Turns Down the Heat on High-Tech Equipment[…]