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  • Air Force Scientists Test, Develop Bio Jet Fuels

    While the world searches for more efficient ways to fuel automobiles and create usable energy, Air Force scientists are looking for cleaner, more efficient ways to fuel the military's aircraft. On March 25, an A-10 Thunderbolt II flew solely on a blend of biomass-derived fuel and conventional JP-8 jet fuel - the first flight of its kind. Air Force
  • New Models for Optimizing Mission Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    With funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, engineers at Boston University are working on a theoretical approach to improve automated mission control and decision-making for fleets of unmanned aerial vehicles.While unmanned systems currently rely on the automation of low-level functions, such as navigation, stabilization and
  • New Ways of Measuring Catastrophic Risks May Enhance Air Force Efforts

    Noted Air Force Office of Scientific Research-funded researcher, Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky is pioneering a new approach for measuring, anticipating and managing catastrophic risks, sometimes called "Black Swans" or natural catastrophes like hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis and floods that may possibly enhance the Air Force's capabilities of
  • Wright-Patt Captain Awarded The Bronze Star

    United States Air Force Capt. Derek Williamson modestly says he was just doing his job but the United States Army says otherwise. For exceptionally meritorious service while deployed to a combat zone in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM last year, Captain Williamson has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal.Captain Williamson is stationed at
  • Air Force Collaborates With Marines For More Effective Disaster Response

    If a major disaster such as a terrorist Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Explosive, or CBRNE, event occurs in a community, or a massive accident occurs at a hospital or industrial facility, specialized military teams are ready to deploy to assist overwhelmed civilian first responders.Two of those specialized military teams are the
  • Military scientists study Ionosphere

    At a facility in a remote part of south-central Alaska, the largest radio transmitter on Earth sends high-frequency signals into the ionosphere to help scientists better understand the influence of charged particles on radio communications and satellite surveillance systems. Surprisingly, it also is able to create a mini-ionosphere. "The High
  • USAFSAM Rising to Challenges of Upcoming BRAC Move

    As anyone who's ever relocated knows, moving involves a lot of planning and hard work! With its BRAC-initiated move to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio beginning later this year, the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks City-Base continues to address a range of challenges as it readies for this shift. Some have been
  • Air Force Eyes Mini-Thrusters for Use in Satellite Propulsion

    Mini- thrusters or miniature, electric propulsion systems are being developed, which could make it easier for the Air Force's small satellites, including the latest CubeSats, to perform space maneuvers and undertake formidable tasks like searching for planets beyond our solar system.With Air Force Office of Scientific Research funding, researchers
  • Developing Web Technologies to Share Secure Information

    Dr. Lalana Kagal and fellow researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing a standard policy language to achieve flexible and dynamic Web security when information is shared between agencies, countries and organizations.The research, funded under the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program,
  • AFOSR Trailblazer Award Honoree Opens Doors for Others

    Air Force Office of Scientific Research's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program Manager, Ed Lee recently received a Trailblazer Award at the 23rd Annual Black Engineer of the Year Award's (BEYA) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. "I am pleased that AFOSR and my work with