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  • Infrared Thermography Technique Patent Granted

    Drs. Shichuan Ou and Richard B. Rivir, of AFRL's Propulsion Directorate, along with Dr. Srinath V. Ekkad, of Louisiana State University, earned a patent titled "Method of Infrared Thermography." The patent describes an invention that uses a high-resolution infrared thermography system to determine heat transfer coefficients and film effectiveness
  • AFRL Scientists Identify Method for Applying EMI Shielding Materials

    AFRL scientists discovered a suitable method for applying a polymer nanocomposite solution to serve as electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding material. These materials protect ground-based structures, aircraft, spacecraft, and satellites from internal and external EMI effects. Replacing conventional aluminum systems with polymer
  • Nanorice research seeks to focus light on small regions in space

    Using funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research here, a team of engineers, physicists and chemists from Rice University's Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) have successfully created 'nanorice,' which will be used to focus light on small regions in space. Findings on this nanorice research were recently presented by principal
  • Excite Camp attendees visit AFRL's Hawaiian facilities

    Twenty middle school girls from across the island visited the Department of Defense's largest telescope this month as part of a three-day event designed to expose students to careers in science, technology and math. Aimed primarily at under-represented groups such as native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, this 6th annual Excite Camp was a
  • AFRL names Colonel Coale as vice commander

    Col. G. Scott Coale officially assumed his duties as the vice commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory July 10. He replaced Col. David Walker who retired June 23 after a distinguished 26-year career in the Air Force. Colonel Coale will play a key role in directing a staff of 9,500 and the Air Force's $1.9 billion science and technology
  • AFRL commences core compressor testing

    Air Force Research Laboratory engineers began testing General Electric's (GE) long-range strike Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engine (VAATE) core compressor at AFRL's Compressor Research Facility. These tests will further develop the front three stages of the dual-use core compressor to increase part speed efficiency, investigate concepts
  • Five-minute mission features five pioneering payloads

    The Re-Entry Structures Experiment (RESE), a hypersonic vehicle consisting of five ground-breaking payloads, will reach a projected altitude of 275,000 feet at Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound or 3,800 miles per hour) before descending to the desert in two pieces more than 45 miles north of the lift-off site. The vehicle is scheduled to launch
  • AFRL awards $49.9 million contract to Colorado firm

    The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate has awarded a $49.9 million contract to Intelligent Software Solution Inc. (ISS) of Colorado Springs, Colo., to upgrade intelligence capabilities at U.S. sites around the world. The five-year agreement is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to provide for secure information
  • Cyberspace defense class enters high schools

    Security for students returning recently to a dozen New York State high schools and one community college will be centered in cyberspace. Technology teachers from several high schools and Mohawk Valley Community College completed a week long course at the Griffiss Institute to prepare for teaching a cyber security course, developed by Syracuse
  • AFRL successfully tests V-22 flight dynamics

    AFRL engineers completed successful wind tunnel tests of the V-22 Osprey, a 6 percent-scale model, to improve their understanding of the vehicle's flight characteristics. They tested the model in the vertical wind tunnel at different orientations; propeller speeds; and sideslip, nacelle, and blade angles. To simulate movement through the air, the