Department of Defense
DARPA is entering the first phase of the Persistent Optical Wireless Energy Relay (POWER) program, aimed at revolutionizing energy distribution through airborne wireless power transfer. Three teams -- led by RTX Corporation, Draper Laboratory, and BEAM Co. -- will design and develop wireless optical power relays. The program goals include demonstrating the key components necessary for a resilient, speed-of-light energy network.
DARPA awarded $750,000 to further develop solutions as part of AI Tools for Adult Learning - a competitive opportunity launched last fall that focused on helping adults learn complex topics necessary for the current and future national security workforce.
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