OODA Loop – Speculative Design: DARPA’s Airborne Optical Energy Relays


It was inevitable that one (if not a few) posts in our ongoing series on speculative design would consider a project at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – the pioneering GOAT organization in the history of design projects. large-scale speculation.

As we mentioned earlier, nothing propels speculative design ideas into what the Department of Energy calls “Earthshots” (or what is commonly referred to as a strategic “moonshot”) faster than the expertise and resources of a USG military department or branch. This is especially true for DARPA. And while NASA is credited with creating the concept of the moonshot, DARPA is, ultimately, USG’s seminal speculative design factory.

Explore with us DARPA’s Persistent Optical Wireless Energy Relay (POWER) program, which “aims to create a revolutionary power distribution network through the design and demonstration of airborne optical energy relays.”

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