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DARPA: open source for developing combat vehicles with the help of citizens

DARPA: open source for developing combat vehicles with the help of citizens

DARPA has given the go-ahead for the challenge FANG , three competitions for the next generation of military vehicle designs that will begin in January 2013. The idea, make available to any citizen collaborative tools for software development and chip design, an effort to cut costs and reinvent the design and military construction from the open source and web collaboration to include cash prizes.

And according counted from DARPA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the biggest challenge is to break the process more than 10 years that has cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars to produce aircraft, vehicles and weapons systems.

This is a project to fund the development of design tools that enable open source engineers modify or correct approaches and offer improvements on complex systems. This offering a shared library where you can validate a design before if you want a physical meeting between professionals.

And according to Nathan Wiedenman, programmer at DARPA:

Due to the complexity of military systems, virtually any large-scale system that uses computer models to determine the best possible design for all possible configurations would take decades of computing time.

However, using the operating ranges of the components validated previously known and correct techniques for construction, designers can quickly reduce the order of magnitude of the problem, making it easier to verify the overall design.

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All tools are available in VehicleForge.mil, a web portal as a model of cooperation in software development where engineers can work together and work at the same time in the designs.

A place where both the web and the challenge are open to all citizens of the country who wish to participate. For FANG, the challenges will focus on a particular step of the design and manufacture a suitable vehicle. All winners of each stage designs will be manufactured by machines and numerical control tools, and 3D printing technology that can convert the design into a final product.

The winners of each challenge will win up to a million dollars, an amount that the military would leave them really cheap if technology is finally successful in the future, streamlining costs through open source and collaborative web tools.

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