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APTO Weather Balloon project AFRL Advanced Power Technology Office seeks innovative tech solutions
Through an Advanced Research Announcement, published May 4, 2018, on the Federal Business Opportunities website, APTO is looking to tap into new and fresh ideas to enhance energy security and readiness for Air Force installations and military operations.
0 5/15
2018
The Halvorsen 25K Loader is a rapidly-deployable, high-reach mechanized aircraft loader that can transport and lift up to 25,000 pounds of cargo and load it onto military aircraft. Tech. Sgt. Ryan Young, Halvorsen mechanic, answers questions from Concurrent Technologies Corporation engineers Kyle Reasbeck (left) and Bryan Tipton (right). Hybrid Air Force aircraft loader demonstration on the horizon
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Anyone that drives an electric hybrid car recognizes the value of energy efficiency. The Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Power Technology Office is looking to apply and demonstrate this value on a critical piece of military ground support equipment. The Halvorsen Loader is a diesel-powered, rapidly
0 5/11
2018
AFRL researcher discusses next generation biotechnology Boston ‘bluing’ trip highlights synthetic biology, biotechnology for AFRL team
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  A select group of scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory traveled to the Boston region to see emerging capabilities centered on synthetic biology to better understand the potential of this growing field of science to improve materials for today’s Airmen. “The goals of this trip were
0 5/10
2018
Advanced Automation for Agile Aerospace Applications (A5) Robotic System AFRL demos advanced robotics for aerospace manufacturing
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Engineers from the Manufacturing Technologies Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, held a recent successful demonstration of the advanced capabilities of the Advanced Automation for Agile Aerospace Applications (A5) Robotic System at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. The 22,000 pound A5
0 5/10
2018
Autonomous Research System ARES research robot Smart automation, AI to accelerate materials discovery, innovation
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – To meet the demands of the ever-increasing pace of technological development in order to create the next generation of Air Force technology, researchers are challenged to find ways to shrink the timeline for materials discovery, development and deployment.According to Dr. Benji Maruyama, a research scientist
0 5/04
2018
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, Roberto Guerrero, watches demonstration of Sonic Infrared inspection by Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc., Jupiter, Fla., January 9, 2018. Innovating compressor blade inspection
Blade defects decrease engine efficiency and power, while increasing fuel burn (specific fuel consumption) and exhaust gas temperature (EGT) - resulting in higher maintenance costs, and decreased aircraft availability. Additionally, defective compressor blades can pose a safety threat if not replaced in a timely manner. While researching areas for increased aircraft optimization, Air Force Operational Energy found that cost-effective and reliable blade inspection ensures engines are performing optimally, and is paramount to maintaining aircraft readiness.
0 4/30
2018
AFRL researchers collaborate, innovate AFRL researchers innovate, ‘sprint’ to create waterproof rescue duffel
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  The ability to rapidly innovate is key to ensuring the Air Force advantage in today’s operational environment. And, solving problems faster often calls for new ways of doing business that leverage creativity and flexibility to create rapid solutions for warfighter needs.For junior scientists at the Air Force
0 4/26
2018
novel AFRL sweat sensor technology AFRL-led patches make ‘sense’ of sweat
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – It’s a sweaty project, but the sweat is worth the effort for scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory working to better understand the links between materials, technology and warfighter performance.Born out of an AFRL and industry collaboration within the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium, a wearable
0 4/17
2018
2nd Lt. Brent Young, AFRL researcher and member of the Ejection Seat Survival Kit Enhancement, Modernization and Optimization team, tests a new and improved knife for the kit. Testing and consensus from the 22TRS and 336TRG will be determined and then recommended to the Air Force for inclusion in the survival kit. AFRL enhances survival tools for isolated Airmen
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Survival -- it’s the first thing an ejected pilot contemplates once safely on the ground.A survival situation could span days and the Air Force is taking advantage of advancements in technology to allow ejected pilots to survive for longer periods of time.Researchers from the Junior Force Warfighters
0 4/13
2018
Student-built robot navigates obstacle course Robotic wheelchair competition unleashes student creativity
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – AFRL researchers are looking to tap into the creativity of the next generation of researchers through a project that turns an ordinary motorized wheelchair into a robotic security guard.As part of the Robotic Sentry Challenge, the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate is asking enterprising students to
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2018
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