Sandra Erwin for Space News: DARPA pioneered the concept of using robots for in-space repairs and more recently invested millions of dollars in a public-private partnership with Space Systems Loral to build an autonomous vehicle for servicing satellites 36,000 kilometers above Earth.
Kacey Deamer for Live Science: Researchers created a machine-learning algorithm that allowed robots to "intuit" how to behave like humans in certain situations, like being quiet in a library.
Ross Wilkers for Washington Technology: Boeing has emerged as the winner of a DARPAcompetition to design and test an unmanned reusable spaceplane.
DARPA seeks mathematical methods to enable a general-purpose design tool for optimizing human-machine teams in a diverse range of national security contexts
Data-Driven Discovery of Models (D3M) seeks to increase pace of scientific discovery and improve military planning, logistics and intelligence outcomes
Eight companies participating in Phase 2 research that aims to leverage promising open software architectures and intuitive user interfaces
Pentagon event showcases more than 60 DARPA research programs-and the teamwork with the science & technology communities that make those programs possible
"DARPA: Redefining Possible" to showcase past technological breakthroughs, current projects and future possibilities
Researchers develop a microelectronic substitute for larger-scale magnetic components and open a pathway to more efficient communications and more capable radar systems
The Front-end Robotics Enabling Near-term Demonstration, or FREND, flight prototype robotic arm performs fully autonomous grapple testing. This testing demonstrates RSGS on-board processing's ability to track and guide a robotic arm to grapple a launch vehicle adapter ring (left) that is common to many spacecraft designs.
Four teams initiate research into affordable, distributed technologies that could provide breakthrough tactical and strategic capabilities
Servicing vehicle jointly developed with a commercial partner would leverage DARPAs successes in space robotics and accelerate revolutionary capabilities for working with satellites currently beyond reach
Two-day event encourages proposals for system-level technologies and prototypes that could redefine the state of the art for capabilities, development time and cost
DARPAs "Improv" effort asks the innovation community to identify commercial products and processes that could yield unanticipated threats
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Piab's Kenos KCS gripper enables a collaborative robot to handle just about anything at any time. Combining Piab's proprietary air-driven COAX vacuum technology with an easily replaceable technical foam that molds itself around any surface or shape, the gripper can be used to safely grip, lift and handle any object. Standard interface (ISO) adapters enable the whole unit to be attached to any cobot type on the market with a body made in a lightweight 3D printed material. Approved by Universal Robots as a UR+ end effector.