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Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young with the 412th Maintenance Group prepares to upload the X-51A WaveRider hypersonic flight test vehicle to a B-52 for fit testing at Edwards Air Force Base on July 17.  Two B-52 flights, one captive carriage and one dress rehearsal, are planned this fall prior to the X-51's first hypersonic scramjet flight over the Pacific Ocean scheduled in December.  The Air Force Research Laboratory, DARPA, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, and Boeing are partnering on the X-51A technology demonstrator program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Chad Bellay)
X-51A WaveRider meets B-52
Airmen successfully mated the X-51A WaveRider flight test vehicle to a B-52 Stratofortress at Edwards Air Force Base July 17. The fit check followed integration earlier in the month of the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne scramjet propulsion system into the X-51 at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif. The X-51 test vehicle is now back at the Boeing
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Basic research funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has led to the development of software for aligning maps with satellite imagery called MapStrata. Pictured above, Cyrus Shahabi (left), Jason Chen (center), and Craig Knoblock (right) from Geosemble Technologies review the latest version. (Image courtesy of Dr. Craig Knoblock, University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute) Improving AF Situational Awareness with Smart Satellite Imagery
Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) and small business Geosemble Technologies are improving Air Force situational awareness with software that presents vast amounts of map data in a more manageable format for its commanders in theater. Using basic research funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR),
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Plexcore® technology, depicted here, allows solar cells to form-fit soldiers’ uniforms to power GPS components and communication devices, and could also be used to “print” solar panels onto thin films incorporated into military tents. Commercial applications include solar energy batteries for cell phones, radios, and other portable devices. (U.S. Air Force photo) 'Conductive ink' solar panels capture sun power for soldiers
Scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RX), in a concerted effort with Plextronics, Inc., and the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center, both located in Pittsburgh, Pa., developed a ready-to-use, cost-reducing technology that can capture sunlight and store it as energy to power
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A specially modified 46th Test Wing NC-130H aircraft equipped with the Advanced Tactical Laser weapon system fired its laser while flying over White Sands Missile Range, N.M., successfully hitting a target board located on the ground. Equipped with a chemical laser, a beam control system, sensors and weapon-system consoles, the ATL is designed to damage, disable or destroy targets with little or no collateral damage. (Courtesy photo) Advanced Tactical Laser Fires High-Power Laser in Flight
Members of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., and contractor Boeing successfully fired the high-power laser aboard the Advanced Tactical Laser aircraft for the first time in flight. The combined effort was instrumental to the "first light" of the high power ATL. "This successful test is a major step toward bringing directed
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Default Air Force Logo Tactical Satellite-3 completes successful first month of operations
A month after launching, the Tactical Satellite-3 has exceeded expectations and is performing well, accoding to the program manager of the experimental spacecraft. Launched on May 19, TacSat-3 is managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate here. Within 30 days of operation, the program has accomplished early on-orbit
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Default Air Force Logo Decision identifies jobs at Human Performance Wing
While the building that will house the 711th Human Performance Wing grows larger every day, a recent personnel decision adds another piece to the puzzle that identifies the exact membership of the Wing. The term "Transfer of Function" gives a rather impersonal face to a decision that affects a lot of people. Thomas Wells, 711 HPW director, likes to
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Flexxible DSSC designed (Nagata and Taya, University of Washington Energy harvesting for future UAVs
Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are expected to power Air Force unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the future because they are an optimum energy harvesting source that may lead to longer flight times without refueling. The University of Washington's Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project team, with lead researcher Dr.
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The Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft made its first test flight June 2 from Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif.  The ACCA is proof of concept technology demonstrator for advanced composite manufacturing processes in a full-scale, certified aircraft. It was developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory and Lockheed Martin.  (Lockheed Martin photo/Denny Lombard)
USAF Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft makes first flight
The Air Force Research Laboratory and Lockheed Martin's famed 'Skunk Works' launched a new era of aircraft manufacturing technology and performance June 2 with the successful initial demonstration flight of the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft at U.S. Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif. The ACCA is a modified Dornier 328J aircraft. The fuselage
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Default Air Force Logo New director coming to AFRL Information Directorate in Rome
Air Force officials announced today Dr. Davy M. Belk will succeed Dr. Donald Hanson as director of the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y. Dr. Belk, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is currently director, Engineering Directorate, Ogden Air Logistics Center, located at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Dr. Belk
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Members of the 711th Human Performance Wing Junior Force gained personal insights on tactical mobile robots from retired Army Colonel John Blitch after his March 20, 2009 Meet the Warfighter briefing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. (Photo by Chris Gulliford, 711 HPW) 711 HPW chief scientist helps Junior Force "Meet the Warfighter"
As Chief Scientist of the 711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW), Dr. Morley Stone is one busy man. Yet despite the hectic pace, he recognizes the importance of developing the Air Force leaders of tomorrow and has built time into his schedule to serve as the Senior Mentor for the 711 HPW's Junior Force Initiative Program (JFIP). The 711 HPW's JFIP
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