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DARPA developing vehicle disappearing technology

Military agency wants to make delivery vehicles disappear for strategic purposes
By: Sean Ridgeley | Technology in Vehicles News | Posted: Oct 9, 2015 9:14 pm

What's there left to do after you invent the Internet? Invent disappearing vehicles, apparently. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is currently working on this technology, which even it admits "sounds like [...] an episode from Mission Impossible."

 

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Codenamed ICARUS (Inbound, Controlled, Air-Releasable, Unrecoverable Systems), the project (which launched today) builds on its previous VAPR (Vanishing Programmable Resources) program, which produced self-destructive electronic components. The idea with ICARUS is utilize the potential of polymer panels and "electronics-bearing glass strips" to make delivery vehicles and their recoverables disappear should the need arise (whether that's the threat of the enemy retrieving items, or the hindrance of the vehicle and items on extraction, or any number of other scenarios).

 

ICARUS is set to last a little over two years, and will see funding of about $8 million. And though named after the tragic Greek myth, DARPA says, quite amusingly, that it "aims to mimic the material transience that led to Icarus' demise, but leverages that capacity in scenarios with more uplifting endings."

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