U.S. Air Force experimental test spaceship lands after a record 780 days in orbit

The X-37B, a test vehicle operated by the U.S. Air Force, has returned from orbit and landed successfully at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, over two years after it originally launched on its latest mission aboard a SpaceX rocket. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, as its formally known, was on its fifth mission, which […]

DARPA aims to make networks 100 times speedier with FastNIC

Having a slow connection is always frustrating, but just imagine how supercomputers feel. All those cores doing all kinds of processing at lightning speed, but in the end they’re all waiting on an outdated network interface to stay in sync. DARPA doesn’t like it. So DARPA wants to change it — specifically by making a new network interface a hundred times faster.

DARPA is sending robots underground to teach them to save lives

What does the ultimate search-and-rescue robot look like? And how would it cope in an underground disaster zone? That’s what DARPA set out to discover in its Subterranean Challenge.

DARPA’s latest pursuit? Stealth gliders that dissolve when exposed to sunlight

What happens if spies or soldiers must travel into enemy territory without leaving behind any evidence? DARPA thinks the answer might involve a glider that self-destructs in the sunlight.