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  • AFRL successfully completes XQ-58A Valkyrie flight and payload release test

    This test, conducted in partnership with Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Area-I, demonstrated the ability to launch an ALTIUS-600 small, unmanned aircraft system, or SUAS, from the internal weapons bay of the XQ-58A.
  • MIT partnership helps acquisition officer expand toolkit

    The Department of the Air Force-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Accelerator is helping acquisition professionals better understand AI and how to incorporate it into Air Force programs.
  • AFVentures releases annual report, details efforts to expand defense industrial base, fight COVID-19

    AFVentures, the Department of the Air Force’s commercial investment group, has released its fiscal year 2020 annual report.
  • AFWERX crowns 2021 Spark Tank winner

    The Spark Tank event allows Airmen to offer improvements and solutions to the problems they face in everyday operations.
  • AFRL 'x-ray vision' tool to reduce costs, time for 3D part qualification

    The Air Force Research Laboratory, in partnership with the Materials Solutions Network at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source of Cornell University, has developed a tool that can look directly inside of and instantaneously inspect the structure of composite components while they are being manufactured. This new technology uses a combination of phase contrast imaging and micro-beam scanning to produce real-time X-ray scattering images of the component during and post production. The process is expected to save the Air Force millions of dollars in qualification and certification of composite parts used in advanced unmanned aerial vehicles and satellite systems.
  • Army partners with Air Force’s THOR for base defense

    THOR is a prototype directed energy weapon used to disable the electronics in drones, and specifically engineered to counter multiple targets – such as a drone swarm – with rapid results. The technology is housed in a 20-foot-long shipping container that can be stowed in a military cargo plane and assembled by just two people.
  • AFOSR advances science of wound-healing technology

    Dr. Indika Rajapakse, associate professor of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics and associate professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan, is researching ways to reprogram a person’s own cells to heal wounds faster.
  • Former AFRL engineer earns 2021 Most Promising Engineer in Government award

    First Lt. Samuel Nyamekye, a former Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate Airman, was recently named the 2021 Most Promising Engineer in Government in advance of the 35th Annual 2021 Black Engineer of the Year STEM Conference.
  • AFRL demonstrates first collaborative weapon technologies

    A team from the Air Force Test Center flew an F-16 Fighting Falcon and released two Collaborative Small Diameter Bombs, which are Small Diameter Bombs that have been modified with a collaborative autonomy payload. The CSDBs quickly established communication with each other and their seekers detected a GPS jammer.
  • Newly-acquired AFRL test aircraft to aid personnel recovery research

    The CubCrafters XCub aircraft was ferried from Yakima, Washington, to Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport near Dayton, on its journey to the Air Force Research Laboratory 711th Human Performance Wing’s contracted research flight test organization facility, Dec. 21.
  • AFOSR awards 17 quantum research grants

    The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently awarded 17 quantum information science grants, with a focus on basic research, to scientists and engineers at institutions around the globe. These awards were fast-tracked following a three-day virtual pitch competition held during the Million Dollar International Quantum U Tech Accelerator.
  • AFWERX Agility Prime announces “flying car” military airworthiness, infrastructure milestones

    A series of milestones for the “flying car” program and discussed new initiatives for 2021, including six sectors for potential “Prime” programs.
  • Around the Air Force: Fitness Assessment Changes, AFWERX Accelerate Event and DoD Housing surveys

    This week’s look around the Air Force highlights changes to the Air Force Fitness Assessment timeline along with the removal of the waist measurement requirement, the continuing innovation of AFWERX, and explains the annual Defense Department housing surveys are now available. (Produced by Staff Sgt. Eric Mann)
  • AFLCMC awards contract for Skyborg prototypes

    The aim of the Skyborg Vanguard program is to integrate autonomous attritable UAV technology with open missions systems to enable manned-unmanned teaming.
  • SpaceWERX launch announced during AFWERX Accelerate

    AFWERX kicked-off its inaugural Accelerate event Dec. 7 with an exciting announcement on the formation of SpaceWERX, a new entity that will focus on technologies for the United States Space Force.
  • AFWERX kicks off Accelerate event Dec. 7, launch a universe of opportunity to accelerate change

    The inaugural AFWERX Accelerate event, being held virtually, kicks off Dec. 7 at noon EST. The five-day event will highlight how AFWERX is institutionalizing air and space innovation across the Department of the Air Force.
  • AFWERX announces virtual Accelerate Event Dec. 7-11

    It has grown from three successful innovation experiments into one organization that will accelerate affordable and agile capabilities by expanding the defense industrial base as the preferred partner for commercial technology innovation and broadening the network of Airmen creating innovative concepts.
  • AFLCMC engineer wins Women of Color STEM honor

    Monique Brission, Air Force civilian and electrical engineer for Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Fighters and Advanced Aircraft, was honored with the Professional Achievement in Government award during the 2020 Women of Color STEM Virtual Conference held Oct. 8-10, 2020.
  • Historic agreement opens defense data to academia

    One of the largest owners of data, the Department of Defense, known for its steadfast protective oversight of this digital gold, embarked on a historical first this year: a first with the ability to improve the effectiveness, agility, affordability and speed of operations for a myriad of stakeholders. The unprecedented idea started at another new DoD venture located in the heart of academia.
  • Air Force lab surpasses 130K COVID-19 tests in 6 months

    This number equates to about 17% of all samples of COVID-19 that have been tested across the Department of Defense. And as the demand fluctuated and continues, laboratory personnel remain agile.
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