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Darpa Director Shares Vision of a New Generation of Technology and Commercial Applications at SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing
Date:4/30/2013

Baltimore, Maryland (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

"If we do our job, and you work with us, all of us get to be part of creating a whole new generation of technology for national security," DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar told a capacity audience Monday afternoon on opening day of SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing in Baltimore.

Prabhakar’s symposium plenary talk wrapped up the first day of the annual event, which runs through Friday at the Baltimore Convention Center. Around 5,500 registered attendees are expected for technical conferences, educational short courses, and a three-day free exhibition and job fair that began on Tuesday.

The nearly 500 exhibiting companies include the industry's leading suppliers of products for defense and commercial applications such as robotic systems, IR detectors, chemical sensors, high-speed imaging systems, lasers, night vision devices, advanced display technologies, explosives detection, and thermal cameras. The exhibition will also include three featured technology demonstrations:

  •      A tethered VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft system powered by laser power over fiber, presented by LaserMotive
  •     The Virtusphere simulation platform for safe training for dangerous environments faced by military, law-enforcement, fire-fighting, and counterterrorism personnel
  •     MARS (Mobile Aerospace Reconnaissance System) mounts to telescopically track and image aircraft, rockets, orbiting spacecraft, hypersonic test vehicles.

Prabhakar illustrated what she termed the “virtuous cycle (of) defense needs and commercial opportunity" with numerous examples. Many featured the important role photonics play in current application
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