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AFRL Simulates Air-to-Air Combat With Directed Energy Weapon AFRL Simulates Air-to-Air Combat With Directed Energy Weapon
In an effort to investigate the effect of a high-energy laser in air-to-air combat, AFRL is performing a Tactical High-Energy Laser Utility Study (THELUS) in a virtual simulation environment. As a follow-on to a previous test, AFRL scientists performed simulated tests of air-to-air engagement involving two aircraft versus four. For the test effort,
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2006
Illustration of an unmanned air vehicle using the Bright Onyx sensor as it patrols a combat zone Bright Onyx Sensor Designed for UAV Homeland Security Missions
AFRL scientists are tailoring a Bright Onyx sensor, an active multispectral chemical, to be in sync with unmanned air vehicle (UAV) performance standards (such as weight, size, and power requirements). The sensor's design enables remote detection of chemicals associated with weapons of mass destruction. The sensor's associated durability thresholds
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2006
Small-engine Nonintrusive Stress Measurement System AFRL Completes Successful Dual-Use Science and Technology Initiative
AFRL, in partnership with Williams International and Hood Technology Corporation, managed a Dual-Use Science and Technology initiative to advance Nonintrusive Stress Measurement System (NSMS) technology for small turbine engines. Exploiting initial NSMS research conducted by the Arnold Engineering Development Center, the team developed and
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2006
Integrated Powerhead Demonstrator tests New Rocket Engine Combustion Cycle Technology Testing Reaches 100% Power Level
AFRL researchers led the first Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-1) model wind tunnel tests. They conducted these tests to investigate localized aerodynamic heating and validate the accuracy of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) predictions. HTV-1 represents the first of three vehicle designs to be examined under the Falcon program. The
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2006
Alternative Jet Fuel Shows Reduced Emissions Alternative Jet Fuel Shows Reduced Emissions
AFRL researchers completed successful engine emissions tests supporting the Department of Defense's Assured Fuels Initiative, an effort to develop secure domestic fuel sources for the military's energy needs. Under the program, researchers demonstrated the operation of a manned Air Force aircraft operating with an alternative fuel. The researchers
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2006
Office of Naval Research Using AFRL SBIR-Developed Technologies Office of Naval Research Using AFRL SBIR-Developed Technologies
Scientific Research Corporation (SRC) developed a trio of technologies under an AFRL Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Cave-Optimized Audio/Video-Enabled Network (CAVE-Net) program is now utilizing these technologies. CAVE-Net provides multiterrain wireless network capabilities for use in caves,
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2006
AFRL Develops Plasma Actuator Computational Model
AFRL Develops Plasma Actuator Computational Model
Controlling subsonic aerodynamic flow by means of plasma actuators is an active area of research in both the Air Force (AF) and the general scientific community. A typical plasma actuator consists of two offset electrodes separated by a dielectric material. Plasma forms as the voltage difference between the electrodes ionizes the surrounding gas.
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2006
Alternative Approaches to 3-D Packaging 

Alternative Approaches to 3-D Packaging
AFRL and the University of Arkansas developed alternative approaches to three-dimensional (3-D) packaging under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement. The work focused on the formation of silicon through-vias that allow vertical connections in a 3-D wafer stack. This process is becoming sufficiently stable, and the team has shifted its
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2006
AFRL Supports Falcon Stage Separation Test AFRL Supports Falcon Stage Separation Test
AFRL supported a successful full-scale stage separation test of the QuickReach™ small launch vehicle developed by AirLaunch, LLC, aiding the joint Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/Air Force Falcon program in completing milestone 2 of its Phase 2B contract. The test demonstrated an acceptable clearance between the separated stage and the
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2006
New Telescope and Rocket Enhance Solar Flare Forecasts New Telescope and Rocket Enhance Solar Flare Forecasts
AFRL scientists engaged in Solar Disturbance program activities developed the Optical Solar Patrol Network (OSPaN), a state-of-the-art solar telescope that improves solar flare forecast accuracy and lead time for operational end users, such as the Air Force Space Command and Air Force Weather Agency. Each minute of the day--sunrise to sunset--the
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2006
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