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Michael Watkins named next JPL director

Posted May 6, 2016 by

Michael M. Watkins, the Clare Cockrell Williams Centennial Chair in Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Center for Space Research at The University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and vice president at Caltech, the Institute announced May 2.

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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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CFD verifies new AEDC Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 nozzle design

Posted November 22, 2017 by Deidre Ortiz

Air Force image The new Mach 18 nozzle design at the AEDC Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 at the AEDC site in White Oak, Md., near Silver Spring, has been successfully verified using computational fluid dynamic codes. This image shows computed contours of Mach number within the new Mach 18 nozzle design. The new Mach 18…

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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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From seawater to jet fuel: NAWCWD teams up with ONR Global for biosynthetic research

Posted March 15, 2019 by

“There are plenty of examples how biology has made superior materials,” says Dr. Patrick Rose, science director for Synthetic Biology at the Office of Naval Research Global. “Synthetic biology is a technology platform that allows scientists to apply engineering principles to re-engineer biological processes and make desired products from such amazing natural features.”

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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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