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  • Human Performance Wing Wins Air Force SMART Sponsoring Facility of the Year Award

    The 711th Human Performance Wing has won the United States Air Force SMART Sponsoring Facility of the Year Award. The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Former Air Force Surgeon General challenges the 711th Human Performance Wing to help change the Air Force

    The former Surgeon General of the United States Air Force challenged researchers and other personnel with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), 711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW) to be forces for change in the Air Force.Lieutenant General (Retired) Paul Carlton, M.D., Director of the Office of Innovation and Preparedness at the Texas A&M
  • Additive Manufacturing System Laser-Precise with Aerospace Parts

    Researchers from the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) developed a world-class hybrid laser deposition and machining system. The metal additive manufacturing system integrates laser deposition with machining processes to form a hybrid manufacturing process to build precision metal parts for
  • Commercialization of Improved Optical Fiber Expands Capabilities

    An AFRL-managed Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program has developed a new kind of optical fiber that enables the commercialization of high-power, two-micron Amplified Spontaneous Emission (ASE) sources. AdValue Photonics of Tucson, Ariz., developed the new fiber, which allows for the broadest bandwidth, near infrared wavelength range,
  • Maui Center Tailors Weather Forecast Data to Telescope Needs

    When you're dealing with highly sensitive telescope operations, just knowing if it's going to rain is not enough. Weather plays a critical role in determining the effective use of AFRL's Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing site. The National Weather Service provides forecasts, but the information can be insufficient to accurately predict
  • School of Aerospace Medicine dedicates AeroMedical Library in honor of former director

    The 711th Human Performance Wing's United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine dedicated its AeroMedical Library on June 24 in honor of Joseph Franzello, a former director of the library.The largest aeromedical library in the world, the Franzello AeroMedical Library relocated to WPAFB from Brooks City-Base, Texas."Without Joseph
  • Scramjet Team Receives Aviation Week Excellence Award

    The X-51 Scramjet Engine Demonstrator (SED) WaveRider team was honored by Aviation Week at its Program Excellence Awards. The X-51 SED Team includes members of AFRL's Propulsion Directorate, Boeing Phantom Works, and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. The team was recognized in the category of System Level R&D/System Development and Demonstration.
  • School of Aerospace Medicine Dean Achieves Prestigious Nursing Honor

    Colonel Karen Weis, dean of the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing at the Academy's 37th Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, D.C. Membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing, according to Academy President Catherine
  • Flexible Aerogel Materials Production Increased, Energy Savings to Follow

    Domestic manufacture of high-quality, low-cost aerogel-based blanket material is being expanded, thanks to a DPA Title III program that partners Aspen Aerogels with the Air Force Research Laboratory. Aerogel materials provide thermal and acoustic insulation, infrared signature reduction, and thermal management properties for a variety of ground,
  • New Body Armor is Lighter, Cooler, Safer

    Air Force personnel are losing weight and gaining comfort thanks to new non-ceramic ballistic armor developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory. Working with Universal Technology Corporation and Armacel Armor Company, AFRL scientists developed armor that demonstrates protection against ammunition from shoulder-fired weapon threats while weighing