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Sikorsky Awarded DARPA ALIAS Phase 3 Contract to Increase Aircraft Autonomy

Sikorsky Awarded DARPA ALIAS Phase 3 Contract to Increase Aircraft Autonomy

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, has won the contract for Phase 3 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. DARPA’s ALIAS program is leveraging advances in autonomy to reduce pilot workload, augment mission performance, and improve aircraft safety and reliability. DARPA is working with Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 16-Jan-17

Honeywell Develops Next Generation Precision Navigation Technology

Honeywell Develops Next Generation Precision Navigation Technology

Honeywell has signed an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further develop the next generation of precision inertial technology. As a legacy supplier of this navigation technology for commercial and military applications, Honeywell is working to improve the accuracy of inertial measurement unit (IMU) technology by three orders of magnitude compared… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 19-Oct-16

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Sikorsky demonstrates 30 mile autonomous flight for DARPA

Sikorsky demonstrates 30 mile autonomous flight for DARPA

Sikorsky has successfully demonstrated a 30-mile autonomous flight using a Sikorsky S-76® commercial helicopter to complete Phase 1 of an $8 millionaward from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. Sikorsky’s ALIAS system directed the rotorcraft flight demonstration from Sikorsky’s Stratford, Connecticut, facility to Robertson Airport in Plainville,… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 01-Jun-16

Aurora Successfully Flies Subscale VTOL X-Plane Aircraft

Aurora Successfully Flies Subscale VTOL X-Plane Aircraft

Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that a subscale vehicle demonstrator (SVD) of its LightningStrike, Vertical Take-off and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL x-plane) for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was successfully flown at a U.S. military facility. The flight of the subscale aircraft met an important DARPA risk reduction requirement, focusing on validation of… Read more »

Source: Aurora, 26-Apr-16

AVX working with Northrop Grumman on Phase 3 of DARPA Tern program

AVX working with Northrop Grumman on Phase 3 of DARPA Tern program

AVX Aircraft Company announced today that it is part of a team with Northrop Grumman Corporation that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected to complete Phase 3 of Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). AVX will be responsible for the final design, fabrication… Read more »

Source: AVX Aircraft, 22-Mar-16

DARPA Selects Aurora to Build VTOL X-Plane Technology Demonstrator

DARPA Selects Aurora to Build VTOL X-Plane Technology Demonstrator

Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the company the prime contract for Phase 2 of the Agency’s Vertical Takeoff and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program. VTOL X-Plane seeks to develop a technology demonstrator that could: Achieve a top sustained flight speed of 300 kt-400 kt… Read more »

Source: Aurora, 06-Mar-16

Honeywell to integrate synthetic vision system under DARPA contract

Honeywell to integrate synthetic vision system under DARPA contract

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to continue improving three-dimensional visibility and safety for U.S. military helicopter pilots experiencing inclement weather and harsh environments. Among the visual challenges faced by pilots are issues with rain, snow, dust, fog and other elements that reduce the ability to… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 17-Feb-16

Aurora Flight Sciences awarded $15M more for UH-60 ALIAS program

Aurora Flight Sciences awarded $15M more for UH-60 ALIAS program

Aurora Flight Sciences Corp.,* Manassas, Virginia, has been awarded a $15,350,660 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00003) to exercise the Phase II Option of previously awarded HR0011-15-C-0027 for the Aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. Phase II will focus on refinement of the overall ALIAS system, risk reduction, demonstration of rapid installation time, and more in-flight demonstrations…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Sep-15

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PCAS Demo shows MV-22 integration with Switchblade UAS

PCAS Demo shows MV-22 integration with Switchblade UAS

Close air support (CAS)—delivery of airborne munitions to support ground forces—is difficult and dangerous because it requires intricate coordination between combat aircrews and dismounted ground forces (for example, joint terminal attack controllers, or JTACs). DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program focuses on technologies to enable sharing of real-time situational awareness and weapons systems data… Read more »

Source: DARPA, 23-Apr-15

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Sikorsky Awarded $8M Contract for Phase 1 ALIAS Program from DARPA

Sikorsky Awarded $8M Contract for Phase 1 ALIAS Program from DARPA

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the company an $8 million contract for Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The objective of DARPA’s ALIAS program is to develop and insert new automation into… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 04-Mar-15

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Aurora Awarded Funding to Continue Development of DARPA VTOL X-Plane Program

Aurora Awarded Funding to Continue Development of DARPA VTOL X-Plane Program

Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the company Phase 1B funding to continue participation in the DARPA Vertical Take Off and Landing Experiment Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program. The award is intended to carry Aurora’s participation in the project through a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) milestone in… Read more »

Source: Aurora Flight Sciences, 02-Oct-14

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DARPA selects Rockwell Collins to develop new antenna technology

DARPA selects Rockwell Collins to develop new antenna technology

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Rockwell Collins a contract to develop new electronically scanned array (ESA) antenna technology as part of the Arrays at Commercial Timescales (ACT) program. The ACT program is focused on shorter design cycles and creating a commercial market approach to developing antenna arrays.  This program aims to… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 14-Jul-14

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Aurora Flight Sciences wins DARPA VTOL X-Plane contract

Aurora Flight Sciences wins DARPA VTOL X-Plane contract

Aurora Flight Sciences announced today the award of a Phase I contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) X-Plane program. Aurora’s innovative VTOL X-Plane, known as LightningStrike, is designed for efficient hover and high speed, meeting DARPA’s ambitious goals for performance and useful load capacity. LightningStrike leverages Aurora’s… Read more »

Source: Aurora, 10-Feb-14

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Aurora Flight Sciences awarded contract for Phase 1 DARPA X-Plane Program

Aurora Flight Sciences awarded contract for Phase 1 DARPA X-Plane Program

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today reported that the Department of Defense has awarded a $14.0 million competitive contract to Aurora Flight Sciences in Columbus to assist in the development of a new aircraft for the Department of Defense. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded the contract under its X-Plane program to support development… Read more »

Source: Senator Thad Cochran, 15-Dec-13

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Sikorsky Innovations Awarded Contract for Phase 1 DARPA X-Plane Program

Sikorsky Innovations Awarded Contract for Phase 1 DARPA X-Plane Program

Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., today announced it has won a contract for Phase 1 of the Vertical Take-Off and Landing Experimental Aircraft (VTOL X-Plane) program by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The proposed effort is valued at $15 million to develop the preliminary design for the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 13-Dec-13

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Rockwell Collins works with Raytheon on Persistent Close Air Support program

Rockwell Collins works with Raytheon on Persistent Close Air Support program

Rockwell Collins has been selected by Raytheon to integrate a suite of advanced technologies for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program. As a teammate to Raytheon for the design and development phase of the program, Rockwell Collins seeks to streamline CAS workflows and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC)… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 11-Sep-13

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DARPA looks to the next generation of vertical flight

DARPA looks to the next generation of vertical flight

One of the greatest challenges of the past half century for aerodynamics engineers has been how to increase the top speeds of aircraft that take off and land vertically without compromising the aircraft’s lift to power in hover or its efficiency during long-range flight. The versatility of helicopters and other vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)… Read more »

Source: DARPA Story, 26-Feb-13

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Rockwell Collins and DARPA collaborate to push GPS boundaries

Rockwell Collins and DARPA collaborate to push GPS boundaries

Imagine having GPS navigation capability embedded on something as small as a hummingbird-size unmanned aerial vehicle. That day may be coming soon, thanks to ongoing research and successful testing completed by Rockwell Collins and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). DARPA’s Dynamics Enabled Frequency Sources (DEFYS)  effort has created tiny electronic oscillators and Rockwell… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 23-Jan-13

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DARPA funds trials of unmanned hovering UAV with robot arm

DARPA funds trials of unmanned hovering UAV with robot arm

When a person reaches out to place an object in just the right place, their mind makes a series of judgments requiring vision, stability and careful movement. Trying to do the same thing robotically from a hovering unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) requires several technology advances. A DARPA-funded technology demonstration recently finished a successful testing of… Read more »

Source: DARPA, 11-Dec-12

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Rockwell Collins chosen to develop helicopter synthetic vision avionics backbone

Rockwell Collins chosen to develop helicopter synthetic vision avionics backbone

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected Rockwell Collins to develop the synthetic vision avionics backbone for next generation helicopter operations under the Multi-Function Radio Frequency (MFRF) program. Rockwell Collins is teamed with BAE Systems on the first two phases of the $5.1 million contract. An optional third phase would bring the contract… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 07-Jun-12

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Helicopter survivability enhanced with MFRF contract

Helicopter survivability enhanced with MFRF contract

BAE Systems has been awarded a $34 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract to develop the next generation Multi-Function Radio Frequency (MFRF) Advanced Rotary Wing Multifunction Sensor (ARMS) system for helicopter operations. The MFRF ARMS system improves aircraft survivability in degraded visual environments (DVE) while enhancing platform lethality and minimizing size, weight, power… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 27-Mar-12

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Carter to partner AAI for DARPA Transformer program

Carter to partner AAI for DARPA Transformer program

AAI, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that its team has been selected to participate in Phase I of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Transformer program. The winning team also includes fellow Textron businesses Bell Helicopter and Textron Marine & Land Systems, as well as… Read more »

Source: Carter Aviation Technologies, 11-Dec-10

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A160T program awarded $12.8M to develop payload integrations

A160T program awarded $12.8M to develop payload integrations

Frontier Systems, Inc., Irvine, Calif., is being awarded a $12,800,000 (NTE) cost plus fixed-fee contract modification (HR0011-07-C-0100).  This modification provides for the development of necessary planning, payload integrations, and air vehicle improvements in support of an operational demonstration to further evaluate the military utility of the A160T integrated with a modified ARGUS-IS pod which includes… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Dec-10

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AAI-led team selected for ground-breaking DARPA Transformer program

AAI-led team selected for ground-breaking DARPA Transformer program

Nov 15, 2010 — AAI, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that its team has been selected to participate in Phase I of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Transformer program. The winning team also includes fellow Textron businesses Bell Helicopter and Textron Marine & Land… Read more »

Source: AAI, 16-Nov-10

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DARPA launches Transformer program – combining helicopters with ground vehicles

DARPA launches Transformer program – combining helicopters with ground vehicles

To meet much of transportation needs of today’s deployed Warfighter, either highly mobile multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV) are used, or helicopters, which have limited availability, are used. DARPA’s Transformer (TX) program seeks to combine the advantages of ground vehicles and helicopters into a single vehicle equipped with flexibility of movement. The concept is to provide… Read more »

Source: DARPA, 15-Oct-10

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AVX Submits Proposal for Fly-Drive Vehicle to DARPA

AVX Submits Proposal for Fly-Drive Vehicle to DARPA

AVX Aircraft Company has responded to a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) seeking designs for a tactical fly-drive vehicle known as the Transformer (TX).  The DARPA stated objective of the program is “to demonstrate a four (4) person flyable/roadable vehicle that provides the warfighter terrain-independent mobility.  This presents… Read more »

Source: AVX, 17-Jul-10

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Sikorsky Innovations Expected to Develop Mission-Adaptive Rotorcraft Under Prospective DARPA Contract

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that its Sikorsky Innovations group has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for a contract to develop active rotor technologies that will allow aircraft to adapt to a changing environment and dynamically enhance performance. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Once… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 22-Feb-10

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Boeing A160T Unmanned Helicopter Flies With Foliage-Penetrating Radar in DARPA Tests

Boeing A160T Unmanned Helicopter Flies With Foliage-Penetrating Radar in DARPA Tests

The Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned helicopter successfully completed 20 test flights from Aug. 31 to Oct. 8 with the Foliage Penetration Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Tracking and Engagement Radar (FORESTER). The tests, conducted at Fort Stewart, Ga., validated the radar-carrying A160T’s flight characteristics with more than 50 hours of flying time.

Source: Boeing, 15-Oct-09

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Boeing Begins Work On DARPA DiscRotor

Source: Aviation Week, 24-Mar-09

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Boeing’s Ridley plant working on new style of military aircraft – the DiscRotor program

Source: Philadelphia Business Journal, 03-Feb-09

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Pentagon researchers revisit technology of variable-length rotor blades

Source: The Register, 02-Feb-09

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