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  • Commercialization of Improved Optical Fiber Expands Capabilities

    An AFRL-managed Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program has developed a new kind of optical fiber that enables the commercialization of high-power, two-micron Amplified Spontaneous Emission (ASE) sources. AdValue Photonics of Tucson, Ariz., developed the new fiber, which allows for the broadest bandwidth, near infrared wavelength range,
  • Maui Center Tailors Weather Forecast Data to Telescope Needs

    When you're dealing with highly sensitive telescope operations, just knowing if it's going to rain is not enough. Weather plays a critical role in determining the effective use of AFRL's Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing site. The National Weather Service provides forecasts, but the information can be insufficient to accurately predict
  • School of Aerospace Medicine dedicates AeroMedical Library in honor of former director

    The 711th Human Performance Wing's United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine dedicated its AeroMedical Library on June 24 in honor of Joseph Franzello, a former director of the library.The largest aeromedical library in the world, the Franzello AeroMedical Library relocated to WPAFB from Brooks City-Base, Texas."Without Joseph
  • Scramjet Team Receives Aviation Week Excellence Award

    The X-51 Scramjet Engine Demonstrator (SED) WaveRider team was honored by Aviation Week at its Program Excellence Awards. The X-51 SED Team includes members of AFRL's Propulsion Directorate, Boeing Phantom Works, and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. The team was recognized in the category of System Level R&D/System Development and Demonstration.
  • School of Aerospace Medicine Dean Achieves Prestigious Nursing Honor

    Colonel Karen Weis, dean of the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing at the Academy's 37th Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, D.C. Membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing, according to Academy President Catherine
  • 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