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  • Joint AFRL-AFIT research project achieves ‘first light’ at John Bryan State Park observatory

    YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – A research project intended to enable more precise imaging of space objects has moved from lab bench testing to field testing at the John Bryan State Park observatory, illuminating night skies with a green laser beam of light.The project is a collaboration between the Electro-Optical Space Situational Awareness Team of the
  • Command meets its cost-savings objective for second fiscal year in a row

    Air Force Materiel Command captured more than $2.5 billion in cost savings for fiscal year 2017, the second fiscal year in a row the command has achieved its strategic savings objective.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • AFRL researchers innovate, ‘sprint’ to create waterproof rescue duffel

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  The ability to rapidly innovate is key to ensuring the Air Force advantage in today’s operational environment. And, solving problems faster often calls for new ways of doing business that leverage creativity and flexibility to create rapid solutions for warfighter needs.For junior scientists at the Air Force
  • Research agreement will enhance collaboration, mutual benefits

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - Leaders of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Coast Guard Research and Development Center signed a memorandum of understanding here April 12 that allows the two organizations to collaborate in areas of mutual benefit to the two organizations.While the memorandum of understanding specifically authorizes
  • AFRL-led patches make ‘sense’ of sweat

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – It’s a sweaty project, but the sweat is worth the effort for scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory working to better understand the links between materials, technology and warfighter performance.Born out of an AFRL and industry collaboration within the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium, a wearable
  • AFRL enhances survival tools for isolated Airmen

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Survival -- it’s the first thing an ejected pilot contemplates once safely on the ground.A survival situation could span days and the Air Force is taking advantage of advancements in technology to allow ejected pilots to survive for longer periods of time.Researchers from the Junior Force Warfighters
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