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Air Force Research Laboratory’s AgilePod is a multi-intelligence, open architecture, reconfigurable prototype designed for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and Air Force Special Operations communities. The reconfigurable pod enables operators to customize sensor packages based on specific mission needs, enhancing the intelligence process. The pod capability will be tested on a medium altitude MQ-9 surrogate aircraft in May 2017. (Courtesy photo/released)
AgilePod ‘reconfiguring’ ISR mission
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The ability to adapt a mission at a moment’s notice is a key tenet of the Air Force drive for flexibility in air power. For warfighters in the intelligence community, a new, Lego-like pod prototype expects to make that flexibility even easier on the field. Air Force Research Laboratory’s AgilePod is a
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Dr. Roland Dutton, chief, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, was named an ASM International Fellow at a ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 26. ASM is the world's largest association of metals-focused materials professionals. The fellow honor recognizes members for distinguished contributions in the field of materials science. (U.S. Air Force photo) AFRL leader named ASM International Fellow
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- A senior research scientist at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, was inducted as a 2016 ASM International Fellow at an awards ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 26. Dr. Roland Dutton, chief, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division, was recognized as
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2016
Clare Paul, Lead for Applications and Analytics of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate accesses the Metals Affordability Initiative hub.  The hub is a collaborative platform that helps exchange information between materials suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (U.S. Air Force photo / Donna Lindner). Metals Affordability Initiative Hub enhances data exchange for researchers, teams
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Sifting through tons of data is a time-consuming, cumbersome process for focused research teams.  How does a person find what they really need?   The Air Force Research Laboratory is working to streamline that process for researchers across the spectrum. The Metals Affordability Initiative (MAI) is an
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2016
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Autonomous Research System, or ARES, uses artificial intelligence to design, execute and analyze experiments at a pace much faster than traditional scientific research methods. This robotic research machine is revolutionizing materials science research and demonstrates the benefits of human-machine interaction for rapid advancement and development of knowledge today. (U.S. Air Force photo/Marisa Novobilski). Disrupting the research process: changing materials science with robotics, AI and autonomy
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --ARES may not look like Johnny Five, the famous robot from the 1986 movie scene, but this robot’s ability to integrate robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and data science is altering materials research in a big way at Air Force Research Laboratory.The AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s
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2016
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – 1st. Lt. Jason Goins, a materials research engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, shows a prototype of a new flexible body armor plate. The design makes the use of a ceramic ball matrix encapsulated in foam material, which is then backed with multiple layers of polyethylene sheets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marisa Novobilski/released)

Flexing in the line of fire: lightweight, flexible body armor for the force of the future
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- In the line of fire, protective body armor plays a critical role in survival. Hard-plated, rigid and heavy—today’s National Institute of Justice Type IV body armor—the kind that protects warfighters against armor piercing bullets-- defends the wearer, but adds weight and bulk that a fast-moving operator
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2016
A researcher at Air Force Research Laboratory demonstrates the ability of a flexible lithium-ion battery to conform under stress. The batteries developed here have proven themselves to maintain steady voltage even after exposure to more than 250 rounds of extreme mechanical manipulations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marisa Alia-Novobilski/released) Flexible batteries: evolving energy for the ‘new’ reality
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- It’s a $7 million research industry today, expected to be worth $400 million dollars by 2025. For researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, the “energy” spent in this research area is worth much more. By using highly conductive, flexible carbon nanotube mats,
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2016
Dr. Joseph Lyons, Human Trust and Interaction Branch technical advisor, is given a ball by the Baxter robot after instructions were given to the robot by a member of Lyons' team. (U.S. Air Force photo / Gina Marie Giardina) 711 HPW researches Human-Machine Trust
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- A research team in the 711th Human Performance Wing’s Airman Systems Directorate here focuses on how humans make reliance decisions with technology - or in other words, how humans develop, maintain and lose trust. At first glance, this may seem like a small feat, but Dr. Joseph Lyons, Human Trust and
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Dr. Adam Pilchak, materials research engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, loads a piece of a fractured titanium disk into a scanning electron microscope. By looking at the microscopic features on the fracture surface, researchers are able to determine how the crack initiated and spreads through the component to cause the failure. (Air Force photo/Michele Eaton) Air Force lab investigating microscopic crack formation for aircraft
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The B-52 is one of the oldest legacy aircraft in the Air Force. Since the 1950s, this aircraft has led the force in its dominance as the world’s best. However, just as humans begin to age, so do aircraft. Repeated loading and unloading, changes in air pressure, exposure to altitude and more, contribute to
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The C-17 Globemaster III was certified for unlimited use of hydro-processed blended biofuels known as hydro-treated renewable jet fuels, officials announced Feb. 9, 2011. (U. S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson) Fueling the future: Air Force Title III program working to “home-grow” biofuels for DOD, industry
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Creating, maintaining, protecting and expanding critical technology and technology resources is paramount to national security. A need to address increases in petroleum costs with an environmentally-friendly fuel source has led to a new way of looking at production—and the Defense Production Act Title III
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2016
Dr. Lawrence Drummy, a material scientist is the Functional Materials Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Lab (left) provides an overview of current research in Nano Tomography for Dr. Stephanie Tompkins, Director, Defense Sciences Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, during a visit to AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Aug. 11. During her visit, Tompkins was briefed on current research trends and activity in Nano tomography, materials characterization, additive manufacturing and the benefits of real-time analytics in development of technology for today’s warfighter. As the director of DSO, Tompkins maintains a strong interest in cutting-edge research that can accelerate the development of new technologies for national security.  (U.S. Air Force Photo / Marisa Novobilski) Materials and Manufacturing Directorate hosts DARPA leadership
Dr. Lawrence Drummy, a material scientist is the Functional Materials Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Lab (left) provides an overview of current research in Nano Tomography for Dr. Stephanie Tompkins, Director, Defense Sciences Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, during a visit to AFRL Materials
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