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article imageVideo: DARPA tests guided bullet for American military

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 15, 2014 in Technology
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) organization was created to help integrate new technology into America's defensive organizations. Their latest project is a guided bullet which can track a target after being fired.
They worked with Teledyne Scientific & Imaging to create a system which combines a camera with a feedback to the sniper. The sniper is supposed to track the target themselves while an automated gun fires from a different direction. The bullet picks up the data and can have its trajectory altered by the human controlling it. This would make it extremely difficult for an enemy to fire back at anything but the gun itself.
Other projects such as Sandia's self-guided bullet use similar systems to move their ammo in mid-air. These have little to do with traditional ammo other than their size as they are closer to aerodynamic miniature rockets. Some employ stabilizers, fins or even have sections that explode to change the direction.
DARPA executives have also caught flack for a few of their projects, including a study of Lady Gaga's Tweets. This was a study set up in order to find out how people deceptively use Twitter and you can read it here. At the same time many have praised the government agency for creating some incredibly innovative devices including Humvees that repel rockets and save lives.
The project itself is the brainchild of the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) division of DARPA. Little information has been released on when and if this new ordnance will be available for service members. You can still get involved with the agency by building a network which can protect itself from hackers for them.
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