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AFRL shares AgilePod data with industry to further development

Posted December 6, 2017 by Mindy Cooper

The Air Force Research Laboratory is sharing the technical data package for AgilePod with the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance community to further the development of compatible sensor products.

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NASA study confirms biofuels reduce jet engine pollution

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Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth’s environment.

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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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University research teams to study potential aeronautical innovations

Posted April 7, 2017 by

NASA photograph NASA has selected five university-led teams for potential awards that will have them spend up to five years exploring novel ideas for improving aviation, including wireless networks, aircraft structures, information systems, advanced design methods and electric propulsion. Imagine an aircraft structure that can change its shape in flight to reduce the sonic boom…

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X-56A ground vibration testing

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Researchers at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center conducted ground vibration testing on the X-56A flex wing, at the center’s Flight Loads Laboratory. Data collected from the impact testing includes Fiber Optic Sensing System information, photogrammetry, flight accelerometers and ground vibration accelerometers. The testing is important for studying wing characteristics before integration with the fuselage. The…

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SOFIA now accepting observing proposals

Posted May 6, 2016 by

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas SOFIA lifts off from Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., at sunset. The Science Center for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, is now accepting proposals for observing flights from February 2017 to January 2018. The observatory’s position, above more than 99 percent of the water vapor in…

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AFOSR Awards Grants to 43 Scientists and Engineers through its Young Investigator Research Program

Posted October 13, 2017 by

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research announced Oct. 11 it will award approximately $19.1 million in grants to 43 scientists and engineers from 37 research institutions and small businesses who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program. The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across…

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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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Air Force patent license could lead to natural fiber automotive components

Posted April 27, 2017 by Jaclyn Knapp

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research signed a Patent License Agreement with Natural Fiber Welding, Inc. that allows the company to use an Air Force developed fiber welding process in the creation of automotive components. Air Force research showed that with proper solvents and control, polymers from neighboring natural fibers interact and individual fibers…

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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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