Established in 1958, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military.


Skyworks and Scaled in Partnership for Vertijet, 10-Jul-19 : #Vertijet Skyworks Global and Scaled Composites (Scaled) announced partnership to build prototype of the VertiJet, an aircraft based on the 1950s Fairey Rotodyne incorporating techs developed by the GBA/DARPA Heliplane program

US Army in Autonomous Helicopter Demonstration, 30-Oct-18 : #Autonomy The Sikorsky/DARPA SARA (Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft, a modified S-76) optionally-piloted helicopter was at Fort Eustis in a first-of-its-kind demonstration to the US Army

Sikorsky Awarded DARPA ALIAS Phase 3 Contract, 11-Jan-17 : Sikorsky won the contract for Phase 3 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency s (DARPA) Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program to increase Aircraft Autonomy.

DARPA’s ALIAS Phase 2 Flight Tests, 23-Dec-16 : DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program Phase 2 completed flight tests with a Cessna 208 Caravan fixed-wing aircraft and the Sikorsky S-76 MATRIX helicopter

Sikorsky Completes DARPA ALIAS Phase 1, 31-May-16 : Sikorsky demonstrated a 30-mile autonomous flight with a S-76 to complete Phase 1 of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program

Aurora Flies Subscale X-Plane Aircraft, 18-Apr-16 : A subscale vehicle demonstrator (SVD) of the Aurora Flight Sciences LightningStrike (VTOL X-Plane) developed for DARPA was successfully flown at a U.S. military facility

DARPA Awarded Next Gen US Navy UAV Demonstrator, 21-Mar-16 : DARPA, AVX and Northrop Grumman developing full-scale technology demonstrator of next-generation unmanned system designed for small-deck ships

DARPA Selects Aurora to Build VTOL X-Plane, 03-Mar-16 : Aurora LightningStrike Vertical Takeoff and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) has the first-ever distributed hybrid-electric propulsion system

Honeywell Provides Clearer Picture For Helicopter Pilots, 16-Feb-16 : Honeywell and DARPA to continue improving 3D visibility and safety in bad weather by testing synthetic vision in US Army Black Hawk

UGV/UAV Joint Autonomy demonstration for US Army, 20-Jan-16 : Carnegie Mellon University and Sikorsky used an autonomous helicopter and an autonomous ground vehicle in UGV/UAV Joint Autonomy demonstration for the US Army

10-Sep-15 - DARPA Robotic Landing Gear
04-Mar-15 - Sikorsky Awarded $8M for DARPA Phase 1 ALIAS Heli-Expo 2015
21-Apr-14 - Optionally Piloted Black Hawk First Flight
12-Aug-13 - Sikorsky Unveils Matrix Technology

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