iLab Innovation comes to Chantilly

Exhibits about drones and counter UAV activity were popular at the Chantilly Innovation Day. (Photo: Kelly Hart)

On the heels of the El Segundo Innovation Day open house, the iLab team presented a successful iLab Innovation Open House in Chantilly.

Visitors to the event on Tuesday, June 27, included employees, intelligence community customers and the media. Representatives from Politico were among media interested in innovation at Aerospace.

Fourteen exhibits were featured in the lower level concourse where people could visit and explore some of Aerospace’s latest innovations from both the East and West coasts. Several exhibits were on the topic of unmanned aerial vehicles; one dealt with CubeSat development; and another showed virtual and augmented reality displays. Of the 14 exhibits, four were featured with live demonstrations in the Gambit auditorium.

Dr. John Main gave the keynote address. (Photo: Kelly Hart)

The keynote address was provided by Dr. John Main, program manager of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office, who addressed the room nearing capacity on the topic of innovation. He shared that when his organization is asked to be innovative, he believes it means to help in addressing rapid shifts in technology. Main shared stories of ongoing innovative work being performed at DARPA, including technologies that allow humans to scale walls using lizards as inspiration.

—Kelly Hart