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AFRL viewing aircraft inspections through the lens of technology

Posted August 17, 2018 by Holly Jordan

AFRL researchers are hard at work finding unique ways to make aircraft maintainers’ lives a little easier through a technology many associate most closely with video gaming.

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Air Force scientists study artificial silk for body armor, parachutes

Posted August 6, 2018 by Donna Lindner

Inspired by the qualities of fibers found in nature, scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory and Indiana’s Purdue University are experimenting to develop a functional fiber that can be woven into sizeable, flexible fabrics using existing textile manufacturing methods.

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California Air Guard drone helps authorities fight Carr Fire

Posted August 1, 2018 by Staff Sgt. Edward Sigenza

A critical aspect of fighting a raging wildfire, such as the Carr Fire in Northern California, comes from the skies and onto a sheet of paper.

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AFRL, IBM unveil world’s largest neuromorphic digital synaptic super computer

Posted July 27, 2018 by Jeremy W. O'Brien

The Air Force Research Laboratory, in partnership with IBM, unveiled the world's largest neuromorphic digital synaptic super computer, dubbed 'Blue Raven,' at AFRL's Information Directorate Advanced Computing Applications Lab in Rome, N.Y., July 19.

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New Jersey company commercializes Air Force technology for the warfighter

Posted July 27, 2018 by Mindy Cooper

Newcomer Arms photograph A military mounting system (MOLLE) and a hip belt with a Ruck Dock receiver is shown. The Ruck Dock receiver is part of a two piece system that allows a person carrying a MOLLE or other backpack evenly distribute the weight and quickly couple or decouple the system. The technology was developed…

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Laser diagnostics beneficial in Tunnel 9 Mach 18 capability development

Posted July 27, 2018 by Bradley Hicks

Air Force photograph Pictured is the additional optics used by AEDC Hypervelocity Tunnel 9 to convert a recently-developed laser diagnostics system to a Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy system. The new measurement system is paving the way for a Mach 18 testing capability at Tunnel 9. The team at AEDC Hypervelocity Tunnel 9 in White Oak,…

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Environmental sensing platform offers added protection against corrosion

Posted July 23, 2018 by Holly Jordan

Air Force photograph by Matthew Hartshorne The Air Force Research Laboratory is developing and testing a device that can measure environmental factors such as pollutants, salt, and moisture in order to predict corrosive conditions before they can start causing damage to valuable assets. The Air Force Research Laboratory is developing an innovative new tool to…

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NASA prepares to go public with quiet supersonic tech

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Arriving 49,000 feet above the test site, higher than the airlines fly, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center test pilot Jim “Clue” Less shuts down his F/A-18’s afterburners moving just shy of Mach 1, the speed of sound, or about 630 mph at this altitude.

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Undergraduate students are taking part in an eight-week NASA airborne science program.

Posted July 6, 2018 by

NASA photograph by Mega Schill Mara Nutt, a geology student at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., connects empty canisters used to collect whole air samples onboard the NASA DC-8 at the Armstrong Flight Research Center. Students in SARP are divided into four groups that are each headed by a different university professor from universities around…

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Engineers at Arnold AFB develop projectile telemetry capability to study boundary layer transition

Posted July 2, 2018 by Deidre Ortiz

Air Force photograph by Deirdre Ortiz Engineers with the Space and Missiles Combined Test Force at Arnold Air Force Base are developing a telemetry package that will be used to transmit data when launching projectiles at over 25,000 Gs. To accommodate a stand-alone electronics package, an antenna with a detachable radome and multiple integrated sensors,…

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