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DARPA's Top 10 wicked cool high-tech aviation systems

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posted on Apr, 8 2008 @ 11:08 AM

DARPA's Top 10 wicked cool high-tech aviation systems

When it comes to developing leading edge aviation technologies, few organizations can match the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The advanced scientific outfit was formed 50 years ago this year and has in its history introduced the world to a host of revolutionary aviation technologies such as Have Blue, which became the F-117 stealth fighter as well as the Predator and Global Hawk, unmanned air vehicles flying today in Iraq.
(visit the link for the full news article)

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posted on Apr, 8 2008 @ 11:08 AM
Here's a neat article with video and pictures on some
of DARPA's recent programs, including:

  • Falcon - Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle capable of delivering 12,000 pounds of payload at a distance of 9,000 nautical miles from CONUS in less than two hours.
  • Blackswift - A reusable Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, strike or other national need missions.
  • Rapid Eye - A high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft that can be put on existing space launch systems, withstand atmosphere re-entry, and provide efficient propulsion in a low oxygen, low-speed environment.
  • Oblique Flying Wing (OFW) - A design concept for a new class of efficient supersonic aircraft capable of flying in a swept configuration with low supersonic wave drag and a non-swept configuration increasing subsonic efficiency.
  • X-Plane - DARPA says it has completed the baseline X-plane design, and conducted ground-breaking, high-speed wind tunnel testing of a subscale model tailless oblique flying wing last September.
  • A160 Hummingbird - An unmanned helicopter designed for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions with long endurance - up to 18 to 20 hours - and the ability to hover at high altitudes.

The Tactical Technology Office engages in high-risk, high-payoff advanced technology development of military systems, emphasizing the "system" and "subsystem" approach to the development of Aerospace Systems and Tactical Multipliers.

If those sound interesting, check out the other programs
DARPA's Tactical Technology Office (TTO) has in store:

Thoughts and comments?
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Apr, 8 2008 @ 12:25 PM
Falcon and Blackswift will forever change the face of War when they are eventually introduced. For the first time forces in the Continental United States will have the ability to be projected anywhere on the planet in Two Hours. Thats troops, equipment, supplies, and bombs.

Two Hours and without barely any warning bombs could be raining down followed by "Space Marines" from the SUSTAIN program

[edit on 8/4/08 by MikeboydUS]

posted on Apr, 8 2008 @ 01:03 PM
reply to post by MikeboydUS

Pretty impressive programs I must say.
I had not heard of SUSTAIN before, so I had to look it up.
Here's some of the information I pulled up on the HCV's
and the SUSTAIN Space Marines concept:

wiki: SUSTAIN (military)

Small Unit Space Transport and Insertion or SUSTAIN is a concept first proposed in 2002 by the United States Marine Corps to deploy Marines via spaceflight to any location on Earth. Project Hot Eagle, launched by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force Research Laboratory, is an investigation into the development and use of suborbital spacecraft to fulfill this vision. Hot Eagle would use a craft based on a design similar to Space Ship One, which could launch a squad on a suborbital trajectory in two stages and deliver them anywhere on two hours notice.

Semper Fly: Marines in Space

As any battlefield commander will tell you, getting troops to the fight can be as difficult as winning it. And for modern-day soldiers, the sites of conflict are so far-flung, and the political considerations of even flying over another country so complicated, that rapid entry has become nearly impossible. If a group of Marine Corps visionaries have their way, however, 30 years from now, Marines could touch down anywhere on the globe in less than two hours, without needing to negotiate passage through foreign airspace. The breathtaking efficiency of such a delivery system could change forever the way the U.S. does battle.

Marines in Spaaaaaace!

"After three years of being laughed out of meetings, the U.S. Marine Corps' futuristic plans to deploy through space may finally be getting some traction," notes Aviation Week's spunky new spin-off, Defense Technology International.
Although the chuckle factor hasn't altogether disappeared, the Air Force Research Laboratory and Darpa are beginning a study of options for a reusable upper-stage space travel vehicle -- the same kind of technology that the Marines might need for a ride halfway across the globe.

I suppose I should link to all of DARPA's Technical sites,
because all of the programs are quite interesting.

DARPA Technical Offices Programs

[edit on 4/8/08 by aecreate]

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