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The Aerospace Systems Directorate brings together world-class facilities including a fuels research facility, structural testing labs, compressor research facility, rocket testing facilities, supersonic and subsonic wind tunnels, flight simulation lab, and many other cutting-edge research labs.

Among the technologies in development in the Aerospace Systems Directorate are scramjet engines, alternative fuels, unmanned vehicles, hypersonic vehicles, collision avoidance and aircraft energy optimization.

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Mr. C. Douglas EbersoleColonel Joel J. Luker is the Acting Director, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In this capacity he leads the Air Force's science and technology research into propulsion, power and air vehicles for advanced next-generation space, missile and aircraft applications. The Aerospace Systems Directorate consists of $4 billion in research facilities spread over 65 square miles at Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio, Edwards AFB California, and Arnold Engineering and Development Complex Tennessee. Colonel Luker oversees a workforce of more than 1,800 military, civilians, and contractors executing a $510 million annual budget. Read more.
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The Air Force Research Laboratory's Air Vehicles Directorate and Propulsion Directorate have merged to create the Aerospace Systems Directorate.
 Scientist in a labe with comptuers behind him Air Force Research Laboratory recently unveiled a new facility that promises to help unlock the potential of new fuel sources for military and commercial use.
 Scientist conducting experiments in a laboratory Air Force Research Laboratory offers public and private sector partners a unique opportunity to produce alternative fuels. 
 Plan dropping supplies to battlefield in the desert For our combat troops, air drop is a lifeline for survival.  As the need increases so does the need for targeted accurate delivery.
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