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  • AFRL Researchers Test Mars Flyer Concept

    AFRL research continues to play a critical role in the future of Mars exploration. Using the laboratory's Vertical Wind Tunnel (one of only two such facilities in the country), scientists from AFRL, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Ames Research Center, and the Naval Research Laboratory performed tests on a Mars Flyer model known
  • Alternative Jet Fuel Reduces Aircraft Engine Emissions

    AFRL researchers completed successful engine emissions tests to support the Department of Defense Assured Fuels Initiative, an effort geared towards securing domestic fuel sources to meet the military's energy needs. To assess the performance of a manned Air Force aircraft running on alternative jet fuel, the research team measured the particulate
  • Final spin marks end of AFRL's centrifuge-based research at WPAFB

    Technical Sgt. Jewelle C. "J.C." Huggins of the Commander's Support Staff, 88th Mission Support Squadron, implanted herself firmly into Air Force research history recently when she served as the final human test subject to spin in the Air Force Research Laboratory's dynamic environment simulator.The final revolution of a human test subject on a
  • Reducing the shake, rattle, and roll on objects deployed in space

    Current deployment mechanisms operating aboard spacecraft primarily consist of heavy springs, which when activated, inflict shock to components such as solar arrays and antennae, often hindering the equipment's efficiency in the cosmos environment, but a developing technology to be evaluated in the near future aboard the International Space Station
  • Museum celebrates Black History Month

    As part of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force's celebration of February's Black History Month, several exhibits in the Air Power Gallery feature contributions from prominent black Airmen in Air Force history. The exhibit features Gen. Daniel James Jr., the Air Force's first black four-star general; Lt. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the first
  • AFRL experts develop additives aimed at improving aircraft engine bearings

    Researchers for the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate managed a multi-contract to help improve advanced aircraft engines.As part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, this newly developed additive will be used with the fully formulated gas turbine engine oils on the new aircraft engine
  • Air War College, Futures Group discuss technology impact on defense industry

    The Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently hosted a conference with representatives from the Air War College and the Air Force Futures Group.Participants included Air War College students who have been researching nanotechnology, biotechnology, directed energy and cyberspace as part of the Air Force's Futures Group study. Also present
  • Bacteria research explored as power source for Air Force systems

    The Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently awarded a five-year grant to the University of Southern California (USC) valued at $4.5 million to lead a study on bioengineered fuel cells. USC will collaborate on the multidiscipline university research initiative - or MURI - with Rice University in Houston, Texas. Bioengineered fuel cells are
  • Research managers navigate, execute the basic research funding process

    Providing U.S. warfighters with a technological edge in battle is a huge responsibility and the Air Force's Office of Scientific Research is actively involved in the process.Each year, AFOSR's program mangers evaluate thousands of basic research proposals received from scientists and researchers worldwide. Each proposal is tied to a request for