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Arati Prabhakar Talks DARPA Space Access Program

PentagonArati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, summarized at a recent industry technology event the body of work DARPA researchers is conducting to help advance the Defense Department‘s initiatives, FedScoop reported Tuesday.

Dan Verton writes the DARPA chief spoke at a Northern Virginia Technology Council event Tuesday about studies ranging from spaceflight to healthcare.

Prabhakar showcased the Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program, through which DARPA wants a reusable space plane to launch systems and satellites with weights between 3,000 and 5,000 pounds into orbit for about $5 million each.

DoD aims to gain regular access to outer space for navigation, weapons guidance, communications and reconnaissance purposes and to address cost issues raised by space missions, the report said.

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