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Pat O'Grady from InStar Engineering and Eric Ehrbar from Busek Inc. confirm FalconSAT-5's fit check with its main payload, the Space Plasma Characterization Source, Sept. 28, 2009, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. FalconSAT-5 is an $11-million program sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. It is scheduled to launch from Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, Nov. 19, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Steve Hart)
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Master Sgt. Mike Sanders (center) gets some help from 2nd Lt. Evan McNichols (left) and Lieutenant McNichols' cousin, Ben, after finishing the Air Force Half Marathon Sept. 19, 2009, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Sergeant Sanders ran the event one year and eight months after beating cancer. Sergeant Sanders had served as an instructor with the University of Oregon's Air Force ROTC program, and Lieutenant McNichols was a cadet there and they have been each other's wingman since. (Courtesy photo)
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Master Sgt. Mike Sanders runs for the finish line during the Air Force Half Marathon Sept. 19, 2009, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Sergeant Sanders ran the event one year and eight months after beating cancer. (Courtesy photo)
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The sodium guidestar provides real-time, high-fidelity tracking and imaging of satellites too faint for conventional optical systems. Scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Starfire Optical Range at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., use this break-through technology to provide valuable space situational awareness capability. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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An Air Force Minotaur I rocket launches into orbirt carrying the Air Force Research Laboratory's TacSat-3 satellite, NASA's PharmaSat microsatellite and NASA's CubeSat Technology Demonstration May 19 from Wallops Flight Facility, Va. (Courtesy photo)
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Janet Stewart concludes a test of the flash point temperature in a sample of commercial Jet A fuel while preparing to measure the concentration of fuel system icing inhibitor in another sample in the Aerospace Fuels Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Air Force Petroleum Agency and Air Force Research Laboratory researchers are partnering on an initiative to evaluate the use of commercial jet fuel in place of military standard JP-8 fuel. Ms. Stewart is a fuels quality assurance specialist with the Aerospace Fuels Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Derek Kaufman)
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Mike Thiede uses a jet fuel thermal oxidation tester to test samples of commercial Jet A fuel in a lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Air Force Petroleum Agency researchers have launched an initiative to evaluate the use of commercial jet fuel in place of military standard JP-8 fuel. Mr. Thiede is a a fuels quality assurance specialist with the Aerospace Fuels Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Derek Kaufman)
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Janet Stewart tests for the concentration of fuel system icing inhibitor in a sample of commercial Jet A fuel in the Aerospace Fuels Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The Air Force Petroleum Agency and Air Force Research Laboratory researchers are partnering on an initiative to evaluate the use of commercial jet fuel in place of military standard JP-8 fuel. Ms. Stewart is a fuels quality assurance specialist with the Aerospace Fuels Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo/Derek Kaufman)
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Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff, congratulates University of Dayton Air Force ROTC Cadet 3rd Class Daniel Hughes on his decision to pursue a career as an Air Force officer, while Lt. Gen. Mark Shackelford, military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, looks on. Generals Schwartz and Shackelford came to Dayton, Ohio, April 21 to congratulate and to challenge the Air Force acquisition workforce during DOD Acquisition Insight Days.  The event was organized by officials at Defense Acquisition University - Midwest Region and provided workshops, training and a forum for acquisition professionals to discuss ways to improve their processes.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Al Bright)
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Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley (right) joins Edmund G. Zelnio and Umit Spencer, and her husband Senior Master Sgt. David L. Spencer following an awards ceremony Oct. 21 in the Pentagon where Mr. Zelnio and Ms. Spencer were honored.  Mr. Zelnio received the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service for his work as senior electrical engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Ms. Spencer received the DOD David O. Cooke Excellence in Public Administration Medallion for her work as housing maintenance contract monitor for the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.  Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates presented the awards.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Russell P. Petcoff)
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Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley (right) joins Edmund G. Zelnio prior to his receiving the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service from Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates. The ceremony took place Oct. 21 in the Pentagon. Mr. Zelnio is a senior electrical engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Russell P. Petcoff)
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Kassi Micak participates in the citrulline malate study conducted by Air Force Research Laboratory officials Aug. 19 at Brooks City-Base, Texas. Citrulline malate has shown to increase lactate threshold and VO2 Max in healthy humans and is being investigated, along with other nutritional supplements and training aids, by AFRL officials to improve cognitive and physical performance of battlefield Airmen. Ms. Micak, a competitive cyclist based in San Antonio, volunteered for the study. (U.S. Air Force photo/Steve Thurow)
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Kassi Micak participates in the citrulline malate study conducted by Air Force Research Laboratory officials Aug. 19 at Brooks City-Base, Texas. Her perceived level of exertion is evaluated while Tech. Sgt. Darci Rose, an aerospace physiology technician, records exertion, lactates, VO2 max and heart rate during the study. Ms. Micak, a competitive cyclist based in San Antonio, volunteered for the study. (U.S. Air Force photo/Steve Thurow)
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The Air Force Research Laboratory's TacSat-2 satellite and NASA's GeneSat-1 microsatellite lifted off aboard an Air Force Minotaur 1 rocket at the top of the launch window 7 a.m., today from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the east coast of Virginia. (NASA photo)
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Engineers have installed a small-scale blended wing body prototype at the full scale wind tunnel at NASA's research center at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The Air Force Research Laboratory partnered with Boeing Phantom Works and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to study the structural, aerodynamic and operational advantages of the advanced aircraft concept, dubbed the X-48B. (Boeing photo/Bob Ferguson)
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Researchers are testing a 21-foot wingspan prototype of the X-48B, a blended wing body aircraft, at the full scale wind tunnel at NASA's research center at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The Air Force Research Laboratory partnered with Boeing Phantom Works and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to study the structural, aerodynamic and operational advantages of the advanced aircraft concept. (NASA photo/Jeff Caplan)
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