Wednesday, February 8, 2017

DARPA is Funding Paper Airplanes for Some Cool Purposes

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing the world’s most advanced industrial paper airplanes with a research and development lab out of San Francisco.

The project is part of DARPA’s awesome-sounding Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR) program. Its aim is to develop electronic systems capable of physically disappearing in a controlled manner. Why? Because (as any Serial fan knows), the military hates leaving any kind of equipment in the field - it may end up in the wrong hands, compromise intellectual property and technological advantage, and also has negative effects on the environment. So, researchers are looking into new materials, components, integration and manufacturing that could together realize this new class of vanishing electronics.