Behind the Scenes with Celeste- September 1, 2019 Briefing

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Solar Coupling Bodes Ill for Mankind and Earth

Currently, we are at a lithospheric flexure point with a Kp6 and a Phi Angle at around 150. Therefore, the earthquake/volcanic and health warning is ongoing. Today we are estimated to reach a moderate G2 geomagnetic storm.

 Shivluch continues to erupt with a plume about 34,000 feet.


Rolling, Walking, Flying, and Floating, SubT Challenge Teams Traverse the Tunnel Circuit


Much mystery surrounded DARPA's request for urban tunnels.  Anyone follow the project since its inception knew that the Urban Environment was the second of three Challenges.  Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Systems teams have completed their Tunnel Circuit and are now headed toward the Urban Circuit, hence the request for Urban Tunnels.   They will venture to the last challenge, which is the Cave Circuit environment.  As this Challenge is military to prepare and equip warfighters the inquiring mind wants to know who they intend to battle in the urban environment and precisely what creatures they will war against in the caves under the earth. Remember, all research is DUAL USE technology, so while this challenge meets immediate objectives, they will also be mapping subterranean areas for later exploitative purposes.


Eleven teams from eight countries gathered in Pittsburgh, August 15-22, 2019, to attempt to map, identify, and report artifacts along the passages of two Pittsburgh mines. With them, they brought 20 unmanned aerial vehicles, 64 ground robots, and one autonomous blimp robot named Duckiefloat.

Accelerated Molecular Discovery (AMD)

Efficient discovery and production of new molecules are essential to realize capabilities across the DoD, from simulants and medicines necessary to counter emerging threats to coatings, dyes, and specialty fuels needed for advanced performance. In a nutshell, this program seeks to develop new molecules for applications at a hypersonic speed, unlike our slow current regulatory process.

Adaptable Navigation Systems (ANS)

Omnipresence is the desired outcome.  Will nanoparticle sensors with their receptibility, transmission, and pay-load deployment be the vehicle for this omnipresence?

The military relies heavily on the Global Positioning System (GPS) for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT), but GPS access is easily blocked by methods such as jamming. Also, many environments in which our military operates (inside buildings, in urban canyons, under dense foliage, underwater, and underground) have limited or no GPS access. To solve this challenge, Adaptable Navigation Systems (ANS) seeks to provide GPS-quality PNT to military users regardless of the operational environment. 

Adaptive RF Technology (ART)

The particular band of frequencies that will be used in this project, as we have learned at the 5G Summit, is extremely dangerous to biological life, causing a plethora of detrimental health effects. 

The Adaptive RF Technology (ART) program aims to significantly advance the hardware used in communication radios by developing a fully adaptive and reconfigurable architecture that is agnostic to specified waveforms and standards. ART-enabled “cognitive” radios would be able to reconfigure themselves to operate in any frequency band with any modulation and for multiple access specifications under a range of environmental and operating conditions. The primary goal of the program is to demonstrate a reconfigurable RF front-end covering a frequency range spanning from less than or equal to 10 MHz to greater than or equal to 30 GHz and capable of identifying, receiving and transmitting more than 100 military and commercial waveforms specified over this range on the fly. The program calls for this capability in a package that is significantly smaller, lighter, and less power-hungry than currently available hardware. It also seeks a front-end that will consist of fully waveform-agile channels and analog-sensing channels designed to detect and identify waveforms over the spectral field of regard. In addition to maintaining critical communication links, ART is anticipated to equip individual warfighters, as well as small-scale unmanned platforms, with a compact and powerful signal-sensing and analysis platform capable of characterizing the signal environment, while enabling rapid radio platform deployment for new waveforms and changing operational requirements. 

The ART program encompasses four thrust areas; each focused on specific enabling technology for adaptive radios:

  • Operational amplifiers capable of operating in the microwave frequency regime and beyond (up to 30+ GHz)
  • Reconfigurable and tunable RF/microwave and analog sensor filter arrays
  • Low-energy waveform signal processing
  • A waveform-agile, reconfigurable RF front-end, and analog/mixed-signal components

Advanced Plant Technologies (APT)

No longer will plants be grown for food.  They are being transformed into sensors, whether growing in the wild, on a farm or when you consume them. 

The Advanced Plant Technologies (APT) program seeks to develop plants capable of serving as next-generation, persistent, ground-based sensor technologies to protect deployed troops and the homeland by detecting and reporting on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) threats. Such biological sensors would be effectively energy-independent, increasing their potential for wide distribution, while reducing risks associated with deployment and maintenance of traditional sensors.

Atomic Magnetometer for Biological Imaging In Earth’s Native Terrain (AMBIIENT)

Citizen magnetometers have been deployed around the globe to watch for changes in the earth's magnetosphere as government sources of the magnetic excursion underway remain elusive to the average person.  I am most interested in AMBIIENT that seeks magnetic signatures from sub-picotesla biological signals.  What are they searching for?

The first use of a picotesla(1pT = 0.001nanotesla) sensitivity on the ground is reported for magnetic prospecting in archaeology.  The system opens a new window for magnetic prospecting in archaeology, especially by detecting archaeological structures with an extremely weak magnetization contrast, caused by biogenic magnetite. 

State-of-the-art magnetometers are used for diverse civilian and DoD applications, among them biomedical imaging, navigation, and detecting unexploded ordnance and underwater and underground anomalies. Commercially available magnetometers range from inexpensive Hall probes to highly sensitive fluxgate and atomic magnetometers to high-precision Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) and Spin Exchange Relaxation Free (SERF) magnetometers. These devices generally have limited dynamic range: the lower-performing devices operate comfortably in the background ambient field of the Earth, while the highest performing sensors only operate in highly-shielded, special-purpose laboratory facilities. The goal of the Atomic Magnetometer for Biological Imaging In Earth’s Native Terrain (AMBIIENT) program is to develop novel gradient magnetic sensors that can detect sub-picotesla biological signals while operating outside of specialized facilities and in the noisy ambient field of the Earth.

A successful AMBIIENT program will lead to sensors that offer a unique capability for dynamic imaging of biological processes with extensive applications in both biomedical research and clinical diagnosis, including magnetoencephalography and magnetocardiography.

 ReSource Proposers Day Meeting & Webinar

It was called Cradle to Cradle.  The decision was made about 20 years ago that everything needed to be recycled, including your beloved pet and even yourself.  The alarming thing to me is the recycled and value-added molecules.  Soylent Green is one step closer to this program.  And the question in my mind is, will food soon be sold by the molecule?  With the UN's new proposals, we are headed in that direction. 

The Biological Technologies Office is holding a Proposers Day meeting and webcast to provide information to potential performers on the new ReSource program. The primary objective of ReSource is to provide the military with the ability to rapidly and efficiently up-convert military waste into valuable resources onsite and on-demand. By the end of the program, developed platforms should be capable of resourcing on-demand products that could include the following: edible macronutrients; traditionally petroleum-derived products such as lubricants, adhesives, and tactical fibers; potable water; and other value-added molecules for an emergency ration (e.g., caffeine).

God Bless you from the trenches~Be safe,



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