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Default Air Force Logo AFRL Successfully Demonstrates High-Assurance Security Architecture
AFRL is working with industry under the High-Assurance Security Architecture for Embedded Systems program to develop and advance the Multiple Independent Levels of Security/Safety (MILS) architecture, an enabling technology offering an affordable near-term solution to building high-assurance systems such as multilevel security systems. AFRL
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Successful Scramjet Combustor Testing Successful Scramjet Combustor Testing
AFRL's Robust Scramjet [supersonic combustion ramjet] program establishes new and improved capability in dual-mode scramjet combustors along three major pillars: scalability, operability, and durability. Working under the Robust Scramjet program, Aerojet (Orange, Virginia) successfully completed the initial test series on a missile-scale round
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SBIR Company Advances Future Space Computers SBIR Company Advances Future Space Computers
Onboard computers are the primary means of operating satellites that cost millions of dollars to build and launch; once in orbit, however, these computers are not easily repaired if problems arise. Furthermore, space-deployed hardware cannot tolerate data errors, since ordinary microchip performance degrades considerably outside the earth's
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Revolutionary Rotary Airflow Controller Revolutionary Rotary Airflow Controller
The cyclic (on/off) characteristics of pulsed detonation engine (PDE) airflow requirements impose a difficult airflow matching problem for the integration of an unsteady PDE with a high speed limit. Therefore, AFRL engineers developed a revolutionary airflow controller and isolator to (1) control the detonation chamber airflow, (2) provide sealing,
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AFRL Develops Novel Ceramic-Based Body Armor AFRL Develops Novel Ceramic-Based Body Armor
AFRL materials scientists worked with Excera Materials Group (Columbus, Ohio) to develop a novel metal-ceramic hybrid material for use in high-performance, lightweight, low-cost small arms protective inserts (SAPI) for body armor vests. Excera Materials Group is the manufacturer of a unique ceramic material called ONNEX, which the company develops
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AFRL Successfully Tests small
unmanned air vehicles AFRL Successfully Tests small Unmanned Air Vehicles
As part of the Cooperative Operations in Urban Terrain (COUNTER) project, AFRL scientists used unmanned air vehicles (UAV) to conduct flight tests designed to provide special operations forces with situational awareness in an urban environment. Small obscured urban targets are harder to detect from high altitudes. UAVs flying at lower altitudes
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AFRL Leads Falcon HTV-1 Model Tests AFRL Leads Falcon HTV-1 Model Tests
The Falcon program, a joint effort between Air Force Space Command and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is an initiative focused on developing and validating technologies needed for prompt global reach while demonstrating affordable and responsive spacelift. The in-flight technologies undergoing maturity as part of this effort range
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Cirrus Cloud Study Shows Laser Beam Impact Cirrus Cloud Study Shows Laser Beam Impact
AFRL scientists completed a study on the potential impacts that cirrus clouds have on airborne defensive laser systems. These laser systems have envisioned potential both in missile defense and in the engagement of theater ballistic missiles during their boost phase. However, high-energy lasers are subject to optical turbulence that may diffract
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AFRL Successfully Tests Heat-Pipe-Cooled Leading Edges AFRL Successfully Tests Heat-Pipe-Cooled Leading Edges
AFRL scientists completed thermal validation tests to verify the performance of a heat-pipe-cooled wing leading edge. The effort, which furthers the development of reliable, maneuverable space operating vehicle (SOV) technology, demonstrated a technology readiness level (TRL) increase, advancing the technology's viability from TRL 4 to TRL 5. The
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New Rocket Engine Combustion Cycle Technology Testing Reaches 100% Power Level New Rocket Engine Combustion Cycle Technology Testing Reaches 100% Power Level
America's rocket propulsion capabilities recently achieved an important milestone. During tests conducted at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Stennis Space Center (near Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi), the nation's only staged-combustion liquid booster rocket engine now in development reached "steady-state" operation at 100%
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