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USAF Academy Cadet models novel AFRL sweat sensor technology
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Researchers at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, have developed a novel, lightweight artificial hair sensor that mimics those used by natural fliers—like bats and crickets—by using carbon nanotube forests grown inside glass fiber capillaries. The hairs are sensitive to air flow changes during flight, enabling quick analysis and response by agile fliers. The diagram pairs an overview of the hair sensor components with an image captured on a Scanning Electron Microscope. (Graphic courtesy of AFRL.)
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A screen shot from the Advanced Framework for Simulation, Integration and Modeling software is shown. AFSIM is a powerful, flexible software simulation tool for use in research and development (R&D), operations analysis, and experimentation communities. The software covers domains from sub-surface to space and can be used to assess how military systems function throughout the course of a mission. The Air Force Research Aerospace Systems Directorate used Information Transfer Agreements to transfer AFSIM to 80 industry partners for development and evaluation. (U.S. Air Force graphic / AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate)
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