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AFRL demos advanced robotics for aerospace manufacturing

Posted May 11, 2018 by Marisa Alia-Novobilski

Engineers from the Manufacturing Technologies Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, held a recent successful demonstration of the advanced capabilities of the Advanced Automation for Agile Aerospace Applications (A5) Robotic System at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. 

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NASA helps test new engine oils

Posted May 4, 2018 by Jay Levine

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Scott Rogers pours a new bio-based synthetic engine oil into one of the vehicles that Armstrong is using to assist in the performance testing of the new product. NASA is assisting with performance testing and validating of three new bio-based engine oils that developers said could lead to better gas…

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How NASA, John Deere helped tractors drive themselves

Posted April 20, 2018 by

John Deere photograph A tractor operates in a field. There has been a lot of talk lately of self-driving cars, but farmers have already been making good use of self-driving tractors for more than a decade—in part due to a partnership between John Deere and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on GPS receivers. The story starts…

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AFRL-led patches make ‘sense’ of sweat

Posted April 18, 2018 by Marisa Alia-Novobilski

https://www.facebook.com/GE/videos/1667584156643205/ It’s a sweaty project, but the sweat is worth the effort for scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory working to better understand the links between materials, technology and warfighter performance. Born out of an AFRL and industry collaboration within the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium, a wearable patch is helping researchers make ‘sense’ of the…

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Air Force looking to additive manufacturing to expand hypersonic flight capabilities

Posted April 4, 2018 by Mindy Cooper

The U.S. Air Force is testing materials produced through ceramic additive manufacturing to advance their potential future use in hypersonic flight vehicles.

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Soldiers’ situational awareness improved using micro-displays, augmented reality

Posted March 26, 2018 by David Vergun

Several new technologies are being developed that, once combined, will provide Soldiers an unprecedented overview of the battlefield.

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New corrosion evaluation system makes “sense” for Air Force

Posted March 21, 2018 by Marisa Alia-Novobilski

Courtesy photograph In conjunction with Luna, Inc. and engineers at the Air Force Corrosion Prevention and Control Office, researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory have developed a new corrosion and coating evaluation system, CorRES, that can measure the ability of coatings to protect aircraft structures by using sensor panels that measure localized changes during…

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New method gives AFRL first look at super cold carbon molecules

Posted March 16, 2018 by Jill Bohn

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Ashley Clingerman Dr. Willliam Lewis, AFRL Senior Research Chemist with the Turbine Engine Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, configures the laser to scan an infrared spectrum for the Cluster Assembly and Spectroscopy Instrument. With the CAASI, their lab was able to measure the rotationally-resolved infrared spectrum of the C3 molecule…

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AFRL partners with entrepreneurs to light the way for the warfighter

Posted March 5, 2018 by Holly Jordan

Nearly everyone has used a common glow stick to light up the night sky, or even as part of a highway emergency kit. But these handy devices are also useful in the battlefield, and Air Force Research Laboratory researchers have discovered a way to make this useful tool even better.

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DARPA chief describes promising future technologies

Posted March 2, 2018 by Jim Garamone

DOD photograph by Jim Garamone Steven H. Walker, center, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, speaks with a reporter after a discussion with the Defense Writers’ Group in Washington. Walker said the agency is being true to its roots in examining technologies and giving DOD options. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency…

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