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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Student-built satellite prepared for mission fast track

    Approximately 18 months after edging out 12 other college teams in the Nanosat-3 competition, The University of Texas at Austin's winning structure arrived at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., in June for integration and testing prior to

  • AFRL awards ‘MAJIIC’ research contract

    The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate awarded a $4,840,528 contract to Raytheon Systems Co. of State College, Pa., Nov. 16. The 22-month agreement, "Distributed Common Ground Station Coalition Releasable Enclave," will provide technology that uses MAJIIC -- which stands for

  • Multi-national agreement to advance high-speed flight

    The U.S. Air Force and Australian Department of Defence signed a multi-national research partnership Nov. 10 in Canberra, Australia, which will explore and develop fundamental hypersonic technologies, and experimental methodologies that could enable the next generation of weapon systems. The $54

  • Micro Air Vehicles fill skies over Eglin range

    Micro Air Vehicles, or MAVs, took to the skies over Eglin ranges during the second annual U.S.-European Competition and workshop, known as MAV-06, held Oct. 30-Nov. 2. The event was hosted jointly by the Emerald Coast Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Air

  • AFRL tests helped define new rescue helicopter

    Tests conducted in hurricane-force winds by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Human Effectiveness Directorate helped the Air Force define its next-generation combat search-and-rescue helicopter. Test data showed that pararescuemen--known as PJs from their earlier designation as para-jumpers--can


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