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  • Flexible Aerogel Materials Production Increased, Energy Savings to Follow

    Domestic manufacture of high-quality, low-cost aerogel-based blanket material is being expanded, thanks to a DPA Title III program that partners Aspen Aerogels with the Air Force Research Laboratory. Aerogel materials provide thermal and acoustic insulation, infrared signature reduction, and thermal management properties for a variety of ground,
  • New Body Armor is Lighter, Cooler, Safer

    Air Force personnel are losing weight and gaining comfort thanks to new non-ceramic ballistic armor developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory. Working with Universal Technology Corporation and Armacel Armor Company, AFRL scientists developed armor that demonstrates protection against ammunition from shoulder-fired weapon threats while weighing
  • Titanium Powder Plant gets Boost from Title III

    A team from the Air Force Research Laboratory and International Titanium Powder are expanding the domestic capacity to produce low-cost titanium powder. The Armstrong process employed is a unique, continuous process that produces metallic titanium powder directly from titanium ore. This project is expected to increase International Titanium
  • Second hypersonic flight ends prematurely, brings new flight test data

    A second test of the X-51A Waverider flew Monday, June 13 in the Point Mugu Naval Air Test Range over the Pacific Ocean, bringing significant hypersonic research data in a less than successful flight test.The hypersonic aircraft was successfully boosted to just over Mach 5 and the scramjet engine lit, but failed to transition to full power.Air
  • Human Effective Directorate Deputy Director receives federal service award from American Academy of Physician Assistants

    United States Air Force Colonel Douglas Hodge, Deputy Director of the Human Effectiveness Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, received the American Academy of Physician Assistants' 2011 Federal Service PA of the Year Award at the organization's conference on June 1 in
  • AFRL Technology Experiments Return from International Space Station

    Air Force Research Laboratory scientists completed the seventh in a series of materials-related experiments June 1, when the experiments returned to earth after 18 months in space. The Materials on the International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) studied the effects of the space environment on material and device performance in order to
  • BRAC radar relocation worked at millions in taxpayer savings

    The installation of an experimental radar receiver atop a 100' tower here May 20 marked the near completion of project started in 2007 to consolidate sensors research capabilities for the Air Force Research Laboratory.The bi-static radar tower located at Springfield complements three similar towers located at nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • 711th Human Performance Wing initiates new complex

    With hundreds of dignitaries, special guests and base personnel looking on, representatives cut the ribbon on the Air Force Research Laboratory, 711th Human Performance Wing's  new complex, named in honor of United States Air Force Major General Harry G. Armstrong, a pioneer in the field of aerospace research.Among the dignitaries were members of
  • As AFRL moves, some stay behind

    As the Air Force Research Laboratory's days at Hanscom dwindle down, the stacks of packed-up equipment grow tall, careers grow short and a scientific brain trust that changed the world moves toward a new era in a new location."The impact of the impending move of the Space Vehicles Directorate to Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 711th HPW to open new complex

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 711th Human Performance Wing new complex will be held on Wednesday, June 1, at 10 a.m. in front of Building 840, Area B, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.The complex is being named in honor of Major General Harry G. Armstrong, a pioneer in the field of aerospace medicine and the second Surgeon General of the U.S.