The US’s defense against missiles will become more influential in the future as a $ 19.6 million contract was awarded by the US Defense Department. The agreement was received by Aerojet Rocketdyne, a missile propulsion and rocket manufacturer.
The technology will be known as Glide Breaker, and the announcement was made at the beginning of the month. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) claims that this program was designed to counteract hypersonic vehicles.
Hypersonic Defense Interceptor To Be Developed By DARPA and Aerojet Rocketdyne
“Advancing hypersonic technology is a national security imperative. Our team is proud to apply our decades of experience developing hypersonic and missile propulsion technologies to the Glide Breaker program,” explained Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake.
This is not the first time Aerojet Rocketdyne works for a DARPA initiative. As it appears, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is improving its high-tech military assets. Recently, it asked for 13.27 million for a flying gun that could target both air and ground threats. Another exciting possibility is utilizing insect brains for robots, and it appears that this is also something that DARPA is interested in.
Moreover, in August, the Agency posted strange Twitter requests for an underground lair. Furthermore, Buffalo University received $316,000 for a study that should help them develop Artificial Intelligence capable of controlling military robots. The research will focus on eye movements and brain waves of gamers.
Launch Challenge With Astra
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has big plans for 2020, and it is currently preparing for a launch in a dual mission launch challenge. This time the contractor is Astra, and they are now making the final preparations. The two missions will be launched in Kodiak, Alaska, from the Pacific Spaceport Complex. The first launch should take place on February 28.