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AFRL Commences GDE-2 Testing AFRL Commences GDE-2 Testing
AFRL engineers began testing the second-generation Ground Demonstration Engine, known as GDE-2, at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center's 8 ft high-temperature tunnel (Hampton, Virginia). The GDE-2 is a hydrocarbon-fueled supersonic combustion ramjet (scramjet) engine featuring a single integrated
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AFRL Establishes AMIST for Focused Warhead Development AFRL Establishes AMIST for Focused Warhead Development
AFRL and the Department of Energy's Kansas City Plant are collaborating to provide ordnance designers the initiation tools necessary for developing focused warheads, such as the dual-role munition. These advanced weapons will require an interdisciplinary technical solution that incorporates aerodynamic, energetic, warhead, target detection, and
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6%-scale model of the V-22 Osprey AFRL Successfully Tests V-22 Flight Dynamics
AFRL engineers completed successful wind tunnel tests of the V-22 Osprey, a 6%-scale model, to improve their understanding of the vehicle's flight characteristics. They tested the model in the vertical wind tunnel at different orientations; propeller speeds; and sideslip, nacelle, and blade angles. To simulate movement through the air, the
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AFRL Successfully Tests Automated Refueling Subsystem AFRL Successfully Tests Automated Refueling Subsystem
AFRL completed a successful flight test of an automated aerial refueling ( AAR), inner- loop control laws (IL CLAWS) system. A flight control computer (FCC) hosted the IL CLAWS system, which interfaced with the Calspan Learjet variable stability system (VSS) using discrete, analog signals. As part of the test, engineers installed the FCC on a
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Tested a tapered ground plane design AFRL Designs Tapered Ground Plane for SUAV
AFRL scientists designed, built, and tested a tapered ground plane design. The team used an important in-house facility--namely, the Radiation and Scattering Compact Antenna Laboratory--as a resource for testing verification. The improved ground plane reduces the susceptibility of a Global Positioning System patch antenna installed on board a small
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Default Air Force Logo AFRL Demonstrates Transparent ZnO Electronics
AFRL scientists demonstrated transparent microelectronic circuits using nanocrystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) transistors. Large-area electronics for electromagnetic, chemical, and mechanical sensors, as well as large-display electronics, can be more useful in compact system applications such as unmanned air vehicles (UAV) if the sensors are also
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General Electric’s (GE) long-range strike (LRS) Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engine (VAATE) core compressor at AFRL’s Compressor Research Facility (CRF) AFRL Commences GE VAATE Core Compressor Testing
AFRL engineers began testing General Electric's (GE) long-range strike (LRS) Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engine (VAATE) core compressor at AFRL's Compressor Research Facility (CRF). These tests will further develop the front three stages of the dual-use core compressor to increase part speed efficiency, investigate concepts that mitigate
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Default Air Force Logo AFRL Scientist Leads Polymer Effort Based on DNA Derived From Biowaste Materials
AFRL is making significant contributions to bioengineering through the investigation of a new class of polymer, or "biopolymer," based on DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) derived from biowaste materials. Dr. James G. Grote, of AFRL's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, assembled and led a team to investigate this new biopolymer and its potential
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AFRL Presents Latest Display Technologies at SPIE Conference AFRL Presents Latest Display Technologies at SPIE Conference
AFRL's Advanced Visualization and Interactive Displays team presented its latest research and development advancements on large, tiled displays during the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) Defense and Security symposium. The team presented techniques for expanding the datawall's potential beyond its use as a passive display
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Handheld laser devices that can remove paint from small-area aircraft Handheld Laser Eliminates Costly Waste Streams
AFRL scientists and engineers, working with Air Force Materiel Command, identified and tested several portable handheld laser devices that can remove paint from small-area aircraft surfaces and individual aircraft components without the use of hazardous chemical strippers or abrasive blast media. The positive laboratory tests are helping the Air
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