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  • Bonded Composite Wing Surpasses All Expectations

    AFRL researchers successfully demonstrated the ultimate load-carrying capacity of a bonded fighter aircraft wing constructed mostly of composite materials. Developed under the Composites Affordability Initiative (CAI) X-45C Technology Transition project, the bonded composite wing surpassed engineering expectations despite undergoing intentional
  • Mirror coating chamber complete

    The Defense Department's largest mirror-coating chamber was installed and testing completed recently at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Starfire Optical Range. "This will give the laboratory a safer alternative to transporting the 3.5-meter (11.5 feet) mirror all the way to Kitt Peak Observatory in Tucson," said 1st Lt. Wellington Phillips,
  • Network-Centric Technologies Connect Warfighters to the Global Information Grid

    The advent of network-centric technologies offers enormous improvement in useful information available to command and control (C2) and warfighter participants in both hostile battlefield and peace-keeping situations. AFRL is addressing the problem of affordably integrating current and future systems into the battlefield infosphere. AFRL and Boeing
  • AFRL Analysis Tool Provides Over 10 Years of Real-Time Scheduling Solutions

    Under AFRL's Dynamic Avionics Real-Time Scheduling (DARTS) program, Lockheed Martin has performed over 10 years of embedded hardware and software resource allocation trade studies for embedded information weapon systems such as the F-16, F/A-22, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). In particular, the DARTS schedulability analysis tool analyzes
  • AFRL-Sponsored Technology Enables Surface-Enhanced Raman Detection of Hazardous Chemicals

    Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is a technology that enables scientists to detect the presence of chemicals at extremely low levels of concentration (potentially as low as the single-molecule level). This technology applies both to national security--particularly for the identification of threatening chemical and biological agents--and
  • AFRL Developing options for Next-Generation Strike Tanker

    AFRL is laying the groundwork to develop a next-generation tactical tanker concept. This tanker will retain its high-lift characteristics to enable forward basing while producing a very stable wake, which will create an acceptable flow field to refuel a wide variety of air vehicles. AFRL and Lockheed Martin partnered to complete approximately 200
  • AFRL Improves Accuracy of Computational Fluid Dynamics Calculations

    AFRL designers can maximize air vehicle performance and minimize cost when they know how air flows over an air vehicle concept. AFRL developed a tool that improves the accuracy of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solutions that the laboratory uses to study this type of airflow. This advancement improves AFRL's ability to deliver low-cost,
  • AFRL Researcher Earns Patent for Speech-Based Audio Distance Display System

    Users of virtual auditory displays can experience a virtual hearing impairment since current displays do not produce robust distance cues. However, an AFRL researcher has earned a patent for a speech-based audio system that gives listeners the ability to accurately judge the distance of sound sources. Dr. Douglas Brungart, an AFRL senior computer
  • AFRL Develops New Video Imaging Technology

    AFRL engineers improved battlefield communications with the development of an advanced video encoder that will increase the transportation speed, quality, and quantity of images that unmanned air vehicles supply while surveying battlefields. The technology will enhance the flow of video information from the battlefield through the use of commercial
  • AFRL Evaluates Life-Saving Body Cooling Technology for Firefighters

    AFRL's Fire Research Group is evaluating the Vapor Relief™ System (VRS), a new, commercial off-the-shelf technology that is leading the way in providing firefighters with the means to stay cool in extreme heat conditions. The VRS has potential uses throughout the Department of Defense and the civilian firefighting community. This cooling technology