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  • AFRL, Masten Space Systems Inc., NASA, collaborate on successful testing of Methane Engine

    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, and Masten Space Systems Inc. successfully tested a liquid methane rocket engine, the first of its kind tested at AFRL.AFRL and Masten signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement in December 2018. The agreement enabled Masten
  • AFRL engineer honored as AIAA Fellow

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Air Force Research Laboratory aerospace engineer Dr. Campbell Carter was recently named a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for his distinguished career in the study of high-speed propulsion.An internationally recognized expert, Carter specializes in employing optical diagnostic
  • AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate luncheon honors annual awardees

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio  – The Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate honored its top performers at the 8th Annual Awards Luncheon, Jan. 30, 2020, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, Ohio.Master of Ceremonies Miguel Maldonado kicked off the event, themed “RQ and You,” a play on the directorate’s
  • AFRL engineer honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Air Force Research Laboratory engineer Dr. Douglas Talley was recently recognized for an exceptional career in rocket engine research.Talley was honored by the Joint Army-Navy-NASA-Air Force Liquid Propulsion subcommittee with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his 30-year career in leading innovative research into
  • AFRL and Blue Origin partner on test site for BE-7 lunar lander engine development

    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The Air Force Research Laboratory and Blue Origin are developing a new test facility for the Blue Origin BE-7 lunar lander engine at the AFRL rocket lab here.Capital improvements, funded by Blue Origin, will allow BE-7 testing in a simulated space-like environment. Planned work includes adding liquid hydrogen and
  • AFRL XQ-58A Valkyrie expands flight envelope in fourth test

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory, along with partner Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., completed the successful fourth flight test of the XQ-58A Valkyrie low-cost unmanned air vehicle demonstrator Jan. 23, 2020, at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.During the test event, the Valkyrie demonstrator’s
  • X-60A program conducts integrated vehicle propulsion system verification test

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory’s X-60A program recently achieved a key developmental milestone with the completion of integrated vehicle propulsion system verification ground testing.The X-60A is an air-launched rocket designed for hypersonic flight research. It is being developed by Generation Orbit
  • Speaker offers new perspectives on workplace diversity

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Diversity comes in many different forms, not all of which are readily apparent. The importance of recognizing the broader aspects of workplace diversity was the message Dr. Karen Townsend brought to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on December 12, 2019, with her presentation, “This Is Us!”Townsend, a
  • AFRL camber morphing wing takes flight

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory recently completed the successful flight demonstration of a game-changing camber morphing wing technology that could significantly increase aircraft range and performance.The AFRL-developed Variable Camber Compliant Wing is capable of changing shape to improve aerodynamic
  • AFRL successfully completes two and a half-day flight of Ultra Long Endurance Unmanned Air Platform (LEAP)

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Center for Rapid Innovation (CRI) has successfully completed initial flight tests for a revolutionary Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) with a customizable suite of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) tools that supports extended missions.This series of flight
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