SAIC Gets Biofuels R&D Contract
It turns out that DARPA, the Pentagon’s R&D funding agency, awarded two biofuel development contracts last week, and both went to San Diego companies. As we reported, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded a $19.5 million contract to a consortium headed by General Atomics. Yesterday, the Pentagon said DARPA also awarded a $14.9 million contract to SAIC, the engineering and research company. Both contracts call for developing economical methods for making JP-8 grade jet fuel from algae.