Tag Archives: AFRL

DARPA Hands Over ACT-IV Sensor System to Air Force Research Lab; Program Manager Tom Rondeau Quoted

ACT-IV Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has transitioned an active electronically scanned array (AESA) sensor system to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, to support future defense research and development initiatives. The AESA system was developed under DARPA’s Arrays at Commercial Timescales – Integration and Validation program.

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AFRL Stands up Collaborative Tech Development Facilities; Timothy Tobik Quoted

Air Force Research

The Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) Munitions Directorate has launched two facilities to accommodate collaborative, cross-disciplinary technology development. AFRL said Thursday its new Ordnance Science Innovation Center building, which was built under a $98 million construction effort, will house projects that develop explosive materials.

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U.S., UK Defense Labs Host ‘Capture the Flag’ Competition for Autonomous AI Agents; Mick Hitchcock Quoted

Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. Air Force's research organization and the U.K.'s defense science and technology laboratory are set to conduct the final round of a collaborative challenge that features autonomous artificial intelligence agents designed to control small drone swarms and compete against each other in a simulated game of capture the flag. 

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AFRL to Fund High-Power Microwave Tech Projects; Robert Torres Quoted

High-Power Microwave Tech

The Air Force Research Laboratory will invest $10 million in projects that aim to develop components of high-power microwave weapon systems. AFRL said Friday it specifically seeks compact, high-gain antennas and solid-state switches for use in effects research and high-repetition-rate pulsed power, respectively. AFRL expects SBIR to call for entries in January 2022. 

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AFRL Receives Quantum Info Science Research Center Designation; Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle Quoted

Heather Pringle

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has received designation as a central hub for exploring the application of quantum computing technologies to the Department of the Air Force. John Roth, who served as acting SecAF from January to July 2021, signed off on a memo April 23 to grant the Quantum Information Science Research Center status to AFRL. 

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Air Force Research Lab’s Spacecraft Completes MEO Test Mission; Robert Johnston Quoted

DSX Satellite Mission

An Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)-built small spacecraft carrying four experiment suites has completed its mission after almost two years in orbit. The Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) mission aimed to collect data for the Department of Defense (DOD) to understand the impact of environmental factors in medium-Earth orbit on spacecraft components. 

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AFRL Rolls Out Effort to Expand S&T Partner Network; Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle Quoted

Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has launched a program that seeks innovative concepts from a wider pool of science and technology professionals. The Department of the Air Force said Sunday its new Air and Space Forces Science & Technology Front Door program seeks to expand AFRL's network of S&T partners.

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Amanda Gentry Promoted to Lead Air Force Research Lab’s Sensors Directorate

Amanda Gentry

Amanda Gentry, formerly director of engineering at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's capabilities integration directorate, has been promoted as director of the sensors directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). With that promotion, Gentry also elevates to the Senior Executive Service.

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Col. Timothy Lawrence Retires as AF Research Lab Information Directorate Head

Col. Timothy Lawrence

Col. Timothy Lawrence, who has led the Air Force Research Laboratory’s information directorate since July 2018, retired Thursday with the rank of colonel after a 33-year military career. AFRL's May 27th retirement ceremony for Lawrence brought together military and civilian members to celebrate his accomplishments and contributions to the service branch. 

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