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DARPA In Talks With New Robot Sat Servicing Company

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The robot satellite known as RSGS will provide four types of service: inspection of anomalies that appear in a satellite’s operations; assist with adjustments to a satellite’s orbit; correct mechanical problems; and, help install new payloads to upgrade capabilities.

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DARPA’s Mosaic Warfare — Multi Domain Ops, But Faster

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“Kill webs,” not kill chains. Instead of exquisite platforms like the F-35 fighter, exquisite functional technology nodes (such as an advanced infrared sensor) that can be mixed and matched via AI-enhanced networks.

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Astroscale US Targets DoD Sat Servicing Market

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“DoD is a customer like any other, with a future need for servicing its own satellites to extend mission life,” says Astroscale US President Ron Lopez.

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Raytheon Aims to Straddle DoD Missile Defense Satellite Portfolio [Sponsored]

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Wallis Laughrey, Raytheon Vice President for Space and Airborne Systems, says it is possible that the Air Force will keep both Raytheon and Northrop Grumman as Next-Gen OPIR GEO payload providers “if funding is available.”

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RUMOR: Mike Griffin May Be Next Space Leader to Go

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Insiders say dysfunction within Griffin’s office is creating concerns within the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill.

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Raytheon Designs Sensors For Blackjack — & OPIR

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“We work both sides” of DoD’s upstairs-downstairs approach to missile warning architectures in both high and low Earth orbits, says Wallis Laughrey, vice president of Raytheon Space Systems.

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Artificial Intelligence: Will Special Operators Lead The Way?

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“The SOF guys are less risk averse than conventional ground forces, so they’re more apt to push the limit,” said Bob Work, father of the AI-driven Third Offset Strategy. “Their commanders also have embraced AI and autonomous ops…. so I think all the conditions are set for SOF to lead the way in the more direct combat applications of AI and autonomy.”

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DARPA Program Mired In Controversy As Orbital ATK Files Suit

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WASHINGTON: A robot satellite repair system under development by DARPA has drawn the baleful glances of half-a-dozen congressmen and a lawsuit to block it by aerospace company Orbital ATK. The technology, known as Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites, would offer enormous benefits to both the National Reconnaissance Office, operator of our spy satellites, as well as the… Keep reading →

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Faster Than Thought: DARPA, Artificial Intelligence, & The Third Offset Strategy

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ARLINGTON: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing artificial intelligence that can help humans understand the floods of data they unleashed 50 years ago with the Internet and make better decisions, even in the heat of battle. Such “human-machine collaboration” — informally known as the centaur model — is the high-tech holy grail… Keep reading →

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Pentagon Struggles To Get Small-Biz Tech

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WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is not nimble. That’s more of a problem than ever in an era where even terrorist groups can increasingly download, buy, or steal sophisticated technology. So how can America’s bureaucratic military stay ahead? While Congress is wrestling with acquisition reform, some experts both inside the Pentagon and out argue that there’s more… Keep reading →

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