Space

November 17, 2017
 

Sunrise flight to space station

NASA photograph

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus resupply ship with its cymbal-ike UltraFlex solar arrays approaches the International Space Station’s robotic arm Canadarm2 as both spacecraft fly into an orbital sunrise on Nov. 14, 2017. The cargo craft carried almost 7,400 pounds of crew supplies, science experiments, spacewalk gear, station hardware and computer parts. New research will explore the effectiveness of antibiotics on astronauts and observe how plants absorb nutrients in microgravity. Other experiments will deploy CubeSats to explore laser communications and hybrid solar panels.




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New AFRL lab capability poised to change the face of high-power electronics

Air Force photograph by Adrienne Kreighbaum AFRL Materials Researcher Dr. Shin Mou shows off the laboratory’s new Molecular Beam Epitaxy chamber, a highly-specialized piece of equipment enabling the growth of semiconducting m...
 
 

Raytheon developing new version of advanced synthetic aperture radar for U-2 aircraft

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–Raytheon is developing a new version of the Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar that flies on the U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft under a $320 million undefinitized contract from the U.S. Air Force. Equipped with an active electronically scanned array antenna, ASARS-2B doubles the surveillance range while maintaining the mapping and imagery resolution of the current ASARS-2A...
 
 

Air Force unveils new infrastructure strategy to get more value for money, improve facilities

The Air Force announced on March 22 a new Infrastructure Investment Strategy following a yearlong review that brings new analytical tools and focus that will enhance readiness at bases worldwide. The new strategy marks a significant shift in the way the Air Force maintains facilities, using new analytics and practices that better predict when work...