DARPA

Dispersed Team Nabs $1 Million Prize in DARPA FANG Challenge

It’s no surprise that the winner of the $1 million prize in DARPA’s Fast Adaptable Next-Generation Ground Vehicle (FANG) mobility/drivetrain challenge was a three-person team with members dispersed in Ohio, Texas, and California.

The challenge, the first of which kicked off in January, aims to spark innovation around the design of the vehicle, not only from inside traditional defense industry circles, but also from the outside world. Equally important to the competition, however, was putting a new genre of development tools to the test in the hopes of significantly compressing the design-to-production cycle of complex defense systems, according to Army Lt. Col. Nathan Wiedenman, program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Continue reading

DARPA’s FANG Challenge Showcases New Set of Design Tools

As DARPA gets ready to kick off the first of three FANG (Fast, Adaptable, Next-Generation Ground Vehicle) Challenges next month, the engineering community at large is closer to being able to test drive META, a new set of design tools that promise to fundamentally change the process of complex systems design. Continue reading

DARPA’s Next-Gen Amphibious Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Designed by You

If you think the development of DARPA’s next-generation amphibious infantry vehicle is a hush-hush project taking place in the secret bowel of a military base, restricted to chief engineers from Northrop Grumman, you’d be wrong. The design and construction of DARPA’s fast, adaptable, next-generation ground vehicle (dubbed FANG) is taking place on the web, in a three-phase contest with cash prizes ranging from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000. Continue reading