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SMC awards four study contracts for weather mission

Posted May 12, 2017 by

Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center recently awarded four study contracts worth approximately $500,000 each to Electro Optical Vista, Millennium Space Systems, Orbital ATK, and Raytheon Company – Space and Airborne Systems. These companies will provide concept reports to address space-based cloud characterization and theater weather imagery solutions by the end of…

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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’s Prandtl makes successful first flight

Posted November 20, 2015 by Linda KC Reynolds

Flying wings are nothing new in aerospace, the Soviet Union began designing and building them in 1946 -- the Horten brothers from Germany and aerospace companies from United States, Russia, France and United Kingdom have built them; however, none are designed quite like the Prandtl-D.

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NASA, Boeing testing synthetic vision technologies

Posted November 3, 2017 by

NASA and Boeing are working together under a new Space Act Agreement to improve flight training and aviation safety using NASA’s synthetic vision technologies and Boeing’s 787 simulators.

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DOD, FDA partner to develop medical products for war fighters

Posted January 17, 2018 by Terri Moon Cronk

The Defense Department and Food and Drug Administration launched a joint pilot program to prioritize efficiently developing safe and effective medical products to save the lives of U.S. war fighters, officials of the agencies announced Jan. 16 in a media teleconference.

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Army looks to partner with private industry on unmanned aviation technology

Posted August 23, 2017 by David McNally

At a small airfield near the nation's capital, an innovative group of engineers is designing and building futuristic aircraft that are catching the attention of Army researchers.

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NASA awards thermal infrared sensor-2 instrument cryocooler contract

Posted May 18, 2016 by

NASA has awarded a sole source contract to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation of Boulder, Colo., for the Thermal Infrared Sensor-2 (TIRS-2) instrument Cryocooler for Landsat 9. This a cost-plus fixed-fee contract in the amount of $18,249,103 million with a deliverable date of February 3, 2018. This action definitizes a letter contract that was issued…

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AFRL researchers help shape the future of nano-electronics

Posted May 13, 2017 by Derek Hardin

The future of nano-electronics is here. A team of researchers from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, and the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois have developed a novel method for the synthesis of a composite material that has the potential of vastly improving the electronics used by the Air Force.

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AFRL researchers explore automation, additive technologies for cost efficient solar power

Posted July 19, 2017 by Marisa Alia-Novobilski

Air Force photograph Dr. Santanu Bag, a project scientist at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, is exploring cost-efficient manufacturing of solar cells using additive technology. Inspired by newspaper printing, and taking cues from additive manufacturing technology, researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory are exploring new ways to make solar cells…

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Air Force teams with industry to further aircraft and radome coating research

Posted September 29, 2017 by Mindy Cooper

Compass Technologies Group photograph The small-scale Microwave Mapping Transparency Sensor System is shown. The system was developed by Compass Technologies Group under an Air Force Small Business Innovative Research agreement and loaned to the company through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. The Air Force…

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