AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate (RQ)

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  The Aerospace Systems Directorate brings together world-class facilities including a fuels research facility, structural testing labs, compressor research facility, rocket testing facilities, supersonic and subsonic wind tunnels, flight simulation lab, and many other cutting-edge research labs.

Among the technologies in development in the Aerospace Systems Directorate are scramjet engines, alternative fuels, unmanned vehicles, hypersonic vehicles, collision avoidance and aircraft energy optimization.

AFRL/RQ Director

Col. Timothy D. West
  Colonel Timothy D. West is the Acting Director, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Read More 


AFRL/RQ Videos

Photo of propulsion system     AFRL's Air Vehicles Directorate and Propulsion Directorate have merged to create the Aerospace Systems Directorate. 

Scientist in a labe with comptuers behind him
AFRL recently unveiled a new facility that promises to help unlock the potential of new fuel sources for military and commercial use.

Scientist conducting experiments in a laboratory
AFRL offers public and private sector partners a unique opportunity to produce alternative fuels. 

Plan dropping supplies to battlefield in the desert
For combat troops, air drop is a lifeline for survival.  As the need increases so does the need for targeted accurate delivery.

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