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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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