DARPA’s New Robotics Fast Track Program Seeking Non-Traditional Technical Approaches

Published by , November 30, 2015 11:40 am

(RFT.org) — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is seeking to revolutionize robotics technologies by promoting non-traditional technical approaches, has announced its search for innovative and revolutionary robotics projects for the Robotics Fast Track effort. The goals of Robotics Fast Track are: 1) Enable rapid, cost-effective development of new robotics capabilities designed to respond to, and even anticipate, quickly evolving needs in space, maritime, ground, and air operations. RFT will focus on the development of groundbreaking robotic hardware and software by funding novel approaches as well as creative adaptations of existing technologies; 2) Achieve breakthrough capabilities in less time and at a fraction of the cost typical of government-supported robotic development processes by engaging highly agile organizations and individuals who traditionally have not worked with the U.S. government.

RFT participants shall retain all intellectual property rights to technologies resulting from their project. It is DARPA’s intent to retain Government Purpose Rights for all non-commercial software (including source code), software documentation, hardware designs and documentation, and technical data resulting from the RFT effort.

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