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Innovation in Aeronautics by M Hirst, T Young

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Mining the ‘far side’ of technology to develop revolutionary aircraft prototypes: the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) approach

J.R. Wilson,     Freelance writer, USA

Abstract:

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was created in response to the Soviet Union’s surprise launch of Sputnik I, tasked with helping America catch up with and then surpass the USSR in space. As that and other early missions shifted to NASA and other agencies, DARPA became the means not only to prevent future technology surprises, but to create such breakthroughs itself – with a growing emphasis through the years on aerospace and pushing the aeronautics envelope, often beyond what their military customers thought they wanted. ...

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