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AF researchers aiming to increase energy security through microgrids

Posted November 25, 2015 by Holly Jordan

The Air Force Research Laboratory, in conjunction with the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies, is exploring microgrid and alternative fuel technologies in an effort to move military operations toward greater energy independence.

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Electric motor test stand will help with future X-planes

Posted July 1, 2016 by Jay Levine

Before the first electric propulsion X-planes fly, such as the X-57, researchers at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research in California are using a unique test stand to understand the intricacies of how electric motor systems work.

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AFRL researchers ‘twist’ yarns for electrical energy, power

Posted September 11, 2017 by Marisa Alia-Novobilski

Scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory have ‘twisted’ upon a new way to harvest mechanical energy using ‘yarns’ that weigh less than a common housefly.

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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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Army researchers hope to lighten Soldiers’ battery load

Posted September 5, 2018 by David Vergun

Across all six of the Army's modernization priorities there has been a dramatic increase in demand for power as a result of the introduction of new system capabilities and prototypes that are energy hungry.

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NASA begins work to build quieter supersonic passenger jet

Posted February 29, 2016 by

The return of supersonic passenger air travel is one step closer to reality with NASA's award of a contract for the preliminary design of a “low boom” flight demonstration aircraft.

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AEDC analysts present on importance of computational fluid dynamics to research and development

Posted November 22, 2016 by Deidre Ortiz

Two Arnold Engineering Development Complex analysts specializing in computational fluid dynamics recently provided insight on how technology has been beneficial to their areas of expertise during a technical excellence seminar held at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. Jason Klepper, CFD analyst who has worked at AEDC for 18 years, presented on the dynamic inlet simulation…

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AFRL, Harvard researchers invent method of 3-D printing for flexible electronics

Posted October 18, 2017 by Marisa Alia-Novobilski

It is often said that ‘two heads are better than one;’ for the Air Force, leveraging the expertise and insights of academia has led to advances in materials development and processing destined to be a game changer for the future fight.

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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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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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