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Air Force Research Laboratory research materials engineer Dr. Dhriti Nepal of the AFRL Composites Performance team performs nano-IR characterization of a nanocomposite material in the microscopy laboratory. (U.S. Air Force photo/David Dixon) AFRL team changing the paradigm of composites materials research
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Today’s advanced Air Force technologies require greater material performance for exacting applications. To meet this need, the AFRL Composites Performance team develops new tools to make modern military platforms safer, more affordable, and always ready for the mission at hand.The AFRL Materials and
0 6/27
2017
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s AgilePod has commenced a series of flight tests aboard a Douglas DC-3 aircraft in preparation for integration on the Air Force MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle later this year. AgilePod is fully flight-line reconfigurable, and enables operators to meet a variety of mission sets with multiple sensors on a single platform. (U.S. Air Force photo/David Dixon) AFRL’s cutting edge ISR platform commences Harvest Reaper flight testing
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – A year of cutting-edge technology development and prototyping by Air Force Research Laboratory teams has culminated in a series of flight demonstrations as part of the Sensors Directorate Blue Guardian “Project Harvest Reaper.” AFRL’s AgilePod has embarked on a series of flight tests aboard a Douglas DC-3
0 6/15
2017
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office is in the process of testing a newly designed hybrid electric and battery powered mobile dock system for C-5 maintenance at Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex.The new system integrates ‘clean’ technology and has the potential to save maintenance time while increasing operational readiness of Air Force platforms. (U.S. Air Force Courtesy Photo) AFRL’s Advanced Power Technology Office efficiently ‘lifts’ C-5 maintainers
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Transforming the way the Air Force uses energy is a key focus of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office as it seeks to enable the use of alternative energy and energy efficient technologies. A new, hybrid electric and battery powered mobile dock system for aircraft depot
0 6/14
2017
Mr. Alan Fletcher, AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate has been named a recipient of SAE International’s Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award for his contributions toward the establishment and advancement of aerospace industry technical standards and specifications. (U.S. Air Force
photo/Lori Hughes) AFRL researcher awarded for contributions to aerospace industry standards
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Air Force Research Laboratory materials engineer Alan Fletcher has been honored with SAE International’s Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award for his contributions and leadership within the aerospace community.Fletcher, who serves as a Principal Materials Engineer in the Materials and
0 6/01
2017
AFRL’s APTO challenges the public to come up with an improved method for dropping humanitarian aid to the public and vital supplies to the warfighter. It will replace the current mobile weather system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt Victoria Porto). AFRL seeks public input for state-of-the-art mobile weather platform
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The ability to quickly and accurately collect and assess atmospheric changes to execute military and humanitarian operations is critical to today’s warfighter executing missions in increasingly remote and complex battlespaces. Current mobile weather platforms, used since the 1960s, rely on helium—a heavy,
0 5/23
2017
Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley, commander of the Air Force
Research Laboratory, welcomes  Secretary of the Air Force Heather A. Wilson to the Air Force exhibit area during the
2nd biennial DoD Lab Day at the Pentagon center courtyard May 18, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mikee Huber)
AFRL showcases game-changing technologies at DOD Lab Day
Scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory presented 16 technology research projects in various stages of maturity during the second biennial Department of Defense Lab Day May 18, 2017, in the Pentagon center courtyard.
0 5/19
2017
Default Air Force Logo 711 HPW’s synthetic biology – a hot topic at DoD Lab Day
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - Synthetic biology was one of many research areas highlighted at the Department of Defense Lab Day May 18 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing spearheaded biosensor development using synthetic biology for environmental and human performance
0 5/17
2017
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. (Air Force courtesy photo). Bio-inspired: Crickets, bats inspire AFRL researchers to develop smart ‘hair’ sensors for flight
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Nature has inspired scientific and engineering innovations for hundreds of years. An apple falling from a tree inspired Isaac Newton to define the laws of gravity. The burdock burrs clinging to the skin of his hunting dog lead to Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral’s invention of Velcro. The ability of the
0 5/08
2017
A maintainer removes an air inlet on the underside of the wing of a C-5M Super Galaxy Transport Aircraft during a periodic maintenance cycle. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office is in the process of testing a new, lightweight composite RAM Air Inlet system that is intended to replace legacy air inlets, mitigating corrosion issues while providing a lightweight, cost-effective solution to help maintain the fleet. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) AFRL’s Advanced Power Technology Office helps ‘lighten’ C-5 energy footprint with composite technology
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --  Finding ways to integrate technologies that are cleaner, lighter, multifunctional and energy efficient to reduce fuel costs and maintain the force’s aging fleet is a primary mission driver of work by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office, based out of the AFRL Materials and
0 4/26
2017
A budding scientist explores some research tools on display during the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Open House, April 7. More than 200 guests, family members and friends of the laboratory participated in the inaugural Open House event, held in celebration of its 100 year anniversary this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/David Dixon)

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Parental Minor Release signed 12 April 2017 AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Open House highlights a century of success
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – More than 200 guests, family members and friends of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate were treated to a day of science and technology at the inaugural RX Open House, April 7. Part of the AFRL Heritage Celebration, the Open House was an opportunity to showcase some of
0 4/11
2017
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