DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has been on the front line as far as technological breakthroughs are concerned. Its goals are to expand in the technologies supporting national security which are probable to lead to major advancements. There are many amazing DARPA projects which not make it to the real world but there have also been many which have changed the image of the world that we live in.
There is a bright chance that we have at least once used a GPS device. If it wasn’t for the DARPA funding the project which supported the first five primary satellites made as the forerunner constellation of what is known to us as a GPS device would not have been launched.
There are many other amazing DARPA projects that could be added to this list. Let’s take a look at some of them.
ASW Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) has one objective and that is to build up a water-based drone which is anti-submarine and requires not even a single crew member to be onboard. High-tech sensors will deal with the observing and control from the shore.
An average soldier has to carry around a great deal of weight in rigging and hardware. DARPA’s Warrior Web initiative has been taking up the responsibility to lessen injuries through the advancement of a delicate and light weighted exoskeleton which would secure the legs, ankles, knees backs, back and shoulder of the person wearing it.
While SpaceX has been exceptionally fruitful in creating technologies taking into consideration space shuttles to be reused, DARPA is building up its own “booster technology”. That has some quite elevated objectives at the top of the priority list: 3,000 pounds of cargo, launching after every ten days, without the cost surpassing $5 million for each dispatch. 12 to 15 dry flights have been booked for 2020, with arranged velocities of up to Mach 5. They are now flying ten times more than ten back to back days.
The dream of bringing large capacity cargo transport was brought to reality when Carrier Company Worldwide Aeros Crop. Which joined hands with amazing DARPA projects developing a team to make a semi-inflexible hull airship. Dragon Dream was a preparatory test airship which was half of the objective size. It was built and flown for the first time in 2013. The full-sized airship is hypothetically thought to be ready to carry around 500 tons.
which is more than three times the weight of the second best transport aircraft worldwide known as the Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy.
The technological limitations which withhold the hypersonic flight especially when it comes to maintaining the supersonic speed for a long period of time are many. DARPA’s Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) was produced to beat this huge obstacle. As per DARPA’s website, the ultimate goal is “an ability that can reach any place on the planet in under 60 minutes.” In 2010 and 2011, two test flights took off. But they were canceled in the early stages before any long duration hypersonic could occur. The main goal of the final iteration of Falcon HTV-2 id to go around the earth’s atmosphere at the speed of Mach 20 which is over 20,000 km/ h.
There is more armor and weight on the ground vehicles that results in less mobility, higher cost, and a larger crew. The DARPA’s ground X-Vehicles project intends to create an off the road terrain vehicles. Which would be equipped with tackling practically any type of terrain, slope, or elevation while improving agility. The other main objects of this project are to enhance onboard sensors to kill the need for windows, be almost impossible to detect by infrared, make minimal noise, and emit close to nothing electromagnetic radiations.
The BRAIN Initiative was announced in the year 2013. This is a gigantic endeavor by various agencies spread across the country that includes universities, technology companies, and neuroscientists. The Initiative includes many programs developed to bring down the boundaries between the human brain and the computerized world. The main objective of this project is to comprehend the way the human brain processes the information. Reaching it and find new technologies which can end and anticipate disorders.
This project initiated in 2015. Landing and departure on uneven and moving surfaces were made possible by this project. The traditional landing gear of a helicopter demands a steady and leveled surface. A test flight occurred close to Atlanta in the year 2015. It depicted the ability to land partially on a raised platform and partially on the ground by the use of a scaled-down helicopter model.
One of many amazing DARPA projects is Engineering Living Materials. Which started during the summer of 2016, with the idea to develop building materials which grow. The main objective of this venture was to manufacture constructing buildings materials. Which repair themselves and adapt to any living conditions around them.