Tag Archives: DARPA

Cardboard delivery drone has a one-way ticket

by Nick Lavars, New Atlas

Once the goods have arrived, the drones biodegrade in a matter of days

In developing regions where lack of road infrastructure is problematic for those in the business of moving goods, drones are already having an impact. But also problematic is the fact that the people sending drones off to do the courier work kinda need them back again. A new cardboard drone being funded by DARPA won’t concern itself with such limitations, with the ability to deliver vital goods and disappear soon after the job is done.

Back in 2015 we learned of a typically futuristic DARPA program called ICARUS, which stands for Inbound, Controlled, Air-Releasable, Unrecoverable Systems. As the title suggests, the name of the game is to develop small, single-use aircraft that can be deployed from larger aircraft, carry supplies to isolated locations and evaporate thereafter.

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This Device From DARPA Makes Water-Cleaning Chlorine From Salt And A Car Battery

by Ben Schiller, Fast Company

Now retrofitted for civilian use, the Community Chlorine Maker makes enough chlorine to treat water for a whole village – We just need to get it to them

Mountain Safety Research’s Community Chlorine Maker (now on Indiegogo) was first developed at DARPA; it was standard issue for the Marine Corps for a time. But it’s taken new engineering and user experience design to make it a mainstream device, usable even by people with little education or training. Continue reading This Device From DARPA Makes Water-Cleaning Chlorine From Salt And A Car Battery