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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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Army researchers advance ‘Third Arm’ project to next testing phase

Posted March 2, 2018 by Joe Lacdan

Army photograph by Joe Lacdan Army Research Lab engineer Dan Baechle demonstrates how to strap on the “Third Arm,” a mechanical device designed to improve Soldiers’ accuracy and reduce fatigue. Soldiers may be asked to carry heavier, more lethal weapons in the near future, but they soon might have a “third arm” to improve their…

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AFRL helps enable laser paint removal technology

Posted February 7, 2018 by Holly Jordan

University of Dayton Research Institute photograph by Dale Jackson The newly-approved Robotic Laser Coating Removal System vaporizes paint in a self-contained process that significantly reduces environmental hazards to maintainers. AFRL contributed technical expertise to help enable the use of this technology for production F-16 aircraft. Air Force Research Laboratory Materials Integrity engineers recently played a…

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Environmentally-safe red glare rocket changes fireworks, Soldier technology

Posted January 26, 2018 by T'Jae Ellis

Army photograph by Dr. Jesse Sabatini U.S. and German researchers teamed to develop an environmentally-friendly red light flare. The formula is a lithium-based red-light-emitting pyrotechnic composition of high purity and color quality, and avoids a list of potentially toxic elements, namely strontium and chlorinated organic materials. Here, they captured a mid-burn image of the strontium-…

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New battery technology saves Soldiers time, money on the battlefield

Posted January 24, 2018 by Kathryn Bailey

Twenty years ago, one phone call between two Army engineers led to a cost-effective lithium-ion battery solution for what was then an up-and-coming guided missile system.

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Army scientists shed light on new low-cost material for seeing in the dark

Posted January 24, 2018 by

Army photograph Dr. Wendy Sarney uses the molecular beam epitaxy machine at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to produce infrared detector materials with a new synthesis process. Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Stony Brook University have developed a new synthesis process for low-cost fabrication of a material previously discounted in literature for…

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AF announces new innovation workshops at Science, Technology Forum

Posted January 22, 2018 by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

The Air Force announced dates and locations of the 14 upcoming innovation workshops open to the public during the Science and Technology 2030 Summit in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2018. “We will continue to invite participation by nontraditional partners, including the next generation of scientists and engineers, in an effort to collect ideas from people…

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