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  • Students showcase STEM projects, RC cars at Eldora Speedway

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Students from seven local high schools came together May 8 for the sixth annual Full-Throttle STEM® at Eldora Day in Rossburg, Ohio, hosted by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing. The students showcased their STEM-related projects, including their modeling and simulation-based
  • Hybrid Air Force aircraft loader demonstration on the horizon

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Anyone that drives an electric hybrid car recognizes the value of energy efficiency. The Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Power Technology Office is looking to apply and demonstrate this value on a critical piece of military ground support equipment. The Halvorsen Loader is a diesel-powered, rapidly
  • Boston ‘bluing’ trip highlights synthetic biology, biotechnology for AFRL team

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  A select group of scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory traveled to the Boston region to see emerging capabilities centered on synthetic biology to better understand the potential of this growing field of science to improve materials for today’s Airmen. “The goals of this trip were
  • AFRL demos advanced robotics for aerospace manufacturing

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Engineers from the Manufacturing Technologies Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, held a recent successful demonstration of the advanced capabilities of the Advanced Automation for Agile Aerospace Applications (A5) Robotic System at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. The 22,000 pound A5
  • Air Force awards $23.9 million contract for continued development of technology to expose threats to and defects in communications system

    Air Force awards $23.9 million contract for continued development of technology to expose threats to and defects in communications systems
  • AFRL-AFLCMC collaborate on real-time air quality sensor

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – When most think of hypoxia-like physiological events (PEs) some pilots have experienced in the cockpits of aircraft such as the recent propeller-driven T-6, the common assumption is an issue with the on-board oxygen generating system supplying oxygen to the pilot. But there are several other variables to
  • Small businesses push warfighter solutions through participation in expanded Tech Warrior enterprise

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – A recently expanded technology accelerator funded by the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program is already producing results. Eccrine Systems, for example, is planning a commercial rollout this fall of its first-generation sweat sensor, a product designed to
  • Smart automation, AI to accelerate materials discovery, innovation

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – To meet the demands of the ever-increasing pace of technological development in order to create the next generation of Air Force technology, researchers are challenged to find ways to shrink the timeline for materials discovery, development and deployment.According to Dr. Benji Maruyama, a research scientist
  • Innovating compressor blade inspection

    Blade defects decrease engine efficiency and power, while increasing fuel burn (specific fuel consumption) and exhaust gas temperature (EGT) - resulting in higher maintenance costs, and decreased aircraft availability. Additionally, defective compressor blades can pose a safety threat if not replaced in a timely manner. While researching areas for increased aircraft optimization, Air Force Operational Energy found that cost-effective and reliable blade inspection ensures engines are performing optimally, and is paramount to maintaining aircraft readiness.
  • ‘Fastest Man on Earth’ started out as aeromedical researcher

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- After a run down a high speed test track aboard the Sonic Wind Rocket Sled 1 on Dec. 10, 1954, during which he reached a speed of 632 miles per, Col. John P. Stapp was dubbed the “Fastest Man on Earth.”The sled was stopped in 1.4 seconds, subjecting Stapp to 46.2 Gs -- equivalent to hitting a brick wall at