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CODE Makes Headway on Collaborative Autonomy for Unmanned Aerial Systems

DARPA’s Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program aims to extend the capability of the U.S. military’s existing unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to conduct dynamic, long-distance engagements of highly mobile ground...

DARPA Assured Autonomy Seeks to Guarantee Safety of Learning-enabled Autonomous Systems

[email protected] Building on recent breakthroughs in autonomous cyber systems and formal methods, DARPA today announced a new research program called Assured Autonomy that aims to advance the ways computing systems...

DARPA Smart Quadcopters Find their Way without Human Help or GPS

Phase 1 of DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program concluded recently following a series of obstacle-course flight tests in central Florida. Over four days, three teams of DARPA-supported researchers...

Dynetics advances to DARPA’s Gremlins Phase 2

Dynetics, Inc. has been awarded a contract for Phase 2 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Gremlins program, an innovative technology program that seeks to enable aircraft...

DARPA sort of copies Insitu, Tern SideArm

Catching drones in flight is not new. Insitu's Skyhook has been doing a great job of it since 2008. DARPA and Aurora Flight Systems are working on SideArm to...

Vanilla Aircraft Claims World Record 56-hour Drone Flight

Vanilla Aircraft, LLC today announced that on December 2, their VA001 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) completed a non-stop, unrefueled 56-hour flight. The flight was submitted for a world duration...

Wanted: Ideas for Protecting Against Small Unmanned Air Systems

The rapid evolution of small unmanned air systems (sUAS) technologies is fueling the exponential growth of the commercial drone sector, creating new asymmetric threats for warfighters. sUASs’ size and...

Northrop Grumman TERN

In what shall become known as The Force Awakens week I can only hope that it was this concept platform that made the grade. An early X wing if ever...

Establishing the CODE for unmanned aircraft to fly as collaborative teams

The U.S. military’s investments in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have proven invaluable for missions from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to tactical strike. Most of the current systems, however,...

Wanted: Ideas for transforming planed into “Aircraft carriers in the sky”

Military air operations typically rely on large, manned, robust aircraft, but such missions put these expensive assets—and their pilots—at risk. While small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can reduce or...