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AFRL Opens New Lab at Kirtland AFB for Deployable Space Structure Tests

Deployable Space

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has inaugurated a new facility at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, built to test novel deployable space structures for the service branch. The 7,000 square foot Deployable Structures Laboratory features a secure and climate-controlled, vibration isolated area to test high-strain composite materials. 

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Air Force Looks to Release Strategy on Mobility Research Efforts

AFRL

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Air Mobility Command are developing a strategy for mobility research to support the service branch’s vision for an operational environment through the 2030s. The strategy will primarily focus on AMC mission areas such as aerial refueling, airlift, global air mobility and aeromedical evacuation.

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Lockheed Martin Wins USAF Contract to Support Strike Weapon Platforms; Scott Callaway Quoted

Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation (SDPE) Office has awarded Lockheed Martin a $25 million contract to support the fourth phase of the U.S. Air Force’s Palletized Munitions Experimentation Campaign. Lockheed Martin will deliver a system-level demonstration in 2021 and assess the potential to deliver large volumes of air-launched weapons via airlifters. 

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Northrop Grumman Successfully Completes System Requirements Review for Aether Spy; William Phillips, Thomas Dalrymple Quoted

William Phillips

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed the System Requirements Review (SRR) and will now enter into the design phase of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Aether Spy next-generation multifunction radar program. “Aether Spy will enable significant improvements in surveillance and battle management missions in the future battlespace," said Thomas Dalrymple.

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U.S. Space Force Offers Alternative to Technology Contracting

Space Force

The U.S. Space Force is providing alternative contracting methods through which technology companies may secure opportunities more easily, Space News reported Wednesday. Col. Eric Felt, director of the Air Force Research Laboratory's space vehicles directorate, said at AFWERX's EngageSpace event that his group is searching for technologies that have dual uses.

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AFRL Plans to Launch Patrol Satellite Between Lunar, Earth Orbits; Capt. David Buehler Quoted

Lunar-Earth Orbit

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is launching an effort to establish a satellite-based monitoring system for spacecraft traveling in the area between the lunar and Earth orbits. AFRL intends to develop a prototype Cislunar Highway Patrol Satellite (CHPS) that will handle space domain awareness operations in the cislunar region. 

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AFRL to Pursue New Studies on Ionosphere, Cislunar Space

AFRL

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has unveiled plans for two new space projects administered by AFRL's space vehicles directorate, Space News reported Wednesday. The first project will experiment on low orbit satellite instruments, and the second one will test sensors designed to monitor the space between Earth and the moon.

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AFRL Launches Quantum Tech Accelerator, Innovation Center

Quantum Science

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has opened an innovation hub for quantum research and development in Rome, N.Y., and is partnering with the academe on a competitive program focused on the emerging concept. AFRL said the Innovare Advancement Center will support the lab’s “Million Dollar International Quantum U Tech Accelerator” program.

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Maj. Gen. Kimberly Crider: Space Force Should Work With Industry to Advance Tech Roadmap

MG Kimberly Crider

Maj. Gen. Kimberly Crider, acting chief technology and innovation officer for the U.S. Space Force, said the service is set to publish its 2020 science and technology roadmap and recognizes the need to work with industry to bring that plan to fruition.

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