Military laboratories are contributing to a revolutionary program aimed at robotically repairing satellites more than 22,000 miles above the Earth.
A DOD official told Congress that reducing use of bandwidth could help shrink the attack surface for network-enabled systems.
Plans call for the Experimental Spaceplane to be able fly 10 times in 10 days, at a fraction of the cost of current launches.
DARPA has awarded contracts to four companies for the project, which seeks to launch inexpensive UAS from other aircraft and retrieve them mid-air after their missions.
The Tactical Service Orientated Architecture lets Marines on the battlefield get mission-critical information via mobile device.
DARPA's program calls for a public-private effort to develop a robotic vehicle that can inspect, repair and upgrade GEO satellites that are otherwise out of reach.
The award adds to the retrofit work for the unmanned aircraft, which is slated to entirely replace the manned U-2 spy plane.
Despite the Army's recent efforts to make improvements, a former DIA chief says the service should move away from the current version of DCGS-A.