DARPA Picks Boeing, Masten, Northrop for Hypersonic Spaceplane Program

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Boeing (NYSE: BA), Masten Space Systems and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) have been awarded prime contracts to develop a reusable unmanned launch vehicle for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA intends to use the vehicle to send small satellites into low-Earth orbit by using expendable upper stages, the agency said Tuesday. The companies will work to build a demonstration vehicle,...

DARPA Tasks Lockheed to Fast-Track $200M Stealth Missiles Project

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Lockheed Martin has been tasked to ready its long-range anti-ship missiles in three years for use onboard Navy and Air Force bombers under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency accelerated acquisition program, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Monday. John Keller writes the agency has obligated $33 million of the potential $200 million contract for Lockheed to ready the program...

Northrop, DARPA Partner to Build Navigation Sensor Chips; Charles Volk Comments

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Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) will help the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency develop an integrated microsystem to help warfighters manage navigation, targeting, guidance and positioning tasks. The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with the Army has a $648,000 initial value to Northrop and the potential value is $13.4 million over a 12-month base period with multiple options, Northrop said Thursday. DARPA...

Report: Lockheed’s Skunk Works Aims to Build Payload Carrying Drone

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Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is building an unmanned aerial system for carrying military payloads, vehicles and supplies, Yahoo News Canada reported Friday. Scott Sutherland writes Lockheed’s Skunk Works unit derived the idea for the Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System from its Transformer TX program in 2009. The company is building the multi-purpose, vertical take-off and landing UAS for Defense...

BAE, Boeing, IBM to Help Air Force Develop Cooling Technology

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BAE Systems, Boeing (NYSE: BA) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) are working with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to integrate electronic cooling systems into embedded computing devices and radio frequency power amplifiers, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Friday. John Keller writes the AFRL gave 30-month contracts to BAE and Boeing, with BAE awarded $2.4 million and Boeing for $2.1 million. IBM...

DARPA Adds University to Spectrum Sharing Program Which Already Includes Lockheed, SAIC

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The Michigan Technological University has won a 1,050 contract under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s program to build a radio frequency spectrum sharing technology for military and commercial usage, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Wednesday. John Keller writes Michigan Tech researchers will work to consolidate spectrum resource manager technology and to integrate spectrum...

DARPA Picks 5 Contractors to Develop Long-Range Drone for Small Ships

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Five companies have won contracts from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to help design unmanned aircraft that can launch from small ships, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Sunday. John Keller writes the agency’s Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node program envisions smaller vessels as mobile launch and recovery platforms for medium-altitude long-endurance drones. DARPA...

Lockheed, SAIC Join DARPA Shared Spectrum Tech Program

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Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Science Application International Corp. (NYSE: SAI) have respectively won .6 million and .1 million in contracts to engineer a radio frequency spectrum sharing technology for military and commercial use, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Tuesday. John Keller writes the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants a technology that limits radar and communications...

Northrop, L-3 to Build Aircraft Radar Sensors Under DARPA Program

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Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has won a .6 million contract to develop a radar system intended to help the U.S. Air Force find targets in harsh environments, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Monday. John Keller writes Northrop and L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) will engineer prototype imaging radar sensors under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Video Synthetic Aperture...

DARPA to Develop Unmanned Submersible Mothership

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The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has released a broad agency announcement for a five-year unmanned submersible project, Military and Aerospace Engineering reported Tuesday. John Keller’s post indicated the submersible will function as a mothership that can launch unmanned aerial and underwater vehicles undetected. The report said DARPA has set an Oct. 22 deadline for industry proposals. The...