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NASA contracts to demonstrate unmanned aircraft technologies

Posted February 15, 2019 by

NASA has signed contracts with three industry partners in a bid to demonstrate progress in the use and eventual certification of systems critical to the safe operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System.

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Air Force Academy professor leads new DOD hypersonic research institute

Posted February 4, 2019 by Jennifer Spradlin

Chuck Yeager broke the speed of sound in 1947, and the Air Force has never looked back. The Air Force partnered with NASA to develop and test the X-15, a hypersonic, rocket-powered aircraft in the late 1950s and most of the 1960s.

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Virtual, augmented reality may hold key to future Air Force training

Posted January 21, 2019 by Tech. Sgt. Daryl Knee

A demonstration of how virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) can benefit Air Force training processes took place Jan. 8, 2019.

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First metallic 3D printed part installed on F-22

Posted January 18, 2019 by R. Nial Bradshaw

The use of 3D printing is not new to the Air Force. The service has routinely used 3D printing for legacy aircraft requiring parts that may be out of production due to manufacturing obsolescence.

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Exoskeleton event brings teams together to advance exoskeleton technology

Posted December 14, 2018 by

Several key organizations recently came together to advance exoskeleton technology for the Soldier during an intensive three-day Operations and Maneuver and Technology Interchange meeting.

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S&T 18 Wargame tests Air Force science, technology concepts for 2038

Posted December 5, 2018 by Marisa Alia-Novobilski

Air Force illustration The Air Force Materiel Command’s Science and Technology 2018 Wargames tested the military utility of more than 30 next-generation warfighting capabilities against a real-world operational scenario, focusing on mission sets that include air superiority, command and control, base defense, sustainment, strike, intelligence and more. The autonomous wingman concept, graphically represented here, is…

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AFRL-developed Electrical Systems Tester supports B-52 depot maintenance

Posted December 3, 2018 by Jill Bohn and Holly Jordan

Courtesy photograph A Electrical Systems Tester hardware unit positioned inside an aircraft during a test. A cooperative research effort between the Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and the Air Force Sustainment Center has led to the development of a next-generation electrical systems tester that will support B-52 depot maintenance and…

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AFRL holds Innovation Challenge

Posted November 28, 2018 by Jeanne Dailey

The Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate located at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., held the culminating event of their Hyperspace Challenge--a Pitch and Demo contest-- at the UNM Lobo Rainforest Building in Albuquerque Nov. 15.

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2018 marks golden anniversary of AEDC 4-foot transonic wind tunnel

Posted November 21, 2018 by Bradley Hicks

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend Aerospace Testing Alliance Outside Machinist Jim Lynch makes adjustments to a model of a GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition before F-35 Lightning II store separation testing resumed in Arnold Engineering Development’s four-foot transonic wind tunnel. ATA is the support contractor at AEDC. Thanks to advancements made in the wake…

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AFRL aids NASA in lofty endeavor

Posted November 9, 2018 by Holly Jordan

Ingenuity and collaboration were the keys to success as a group of Air Force Research Laboratory engineers took a series of tests to new heights. At the request of NASA, AFRL rapid-response Systems Support researchers delved into the realm of space to help determine the effects of unintended electrical arcing on astronaut space suits during extravehicular maintenance.

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