Tag Archives: AFRL

Space Force Named Lead Service for Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The Department of the Air Force has announced Rocket Cargo as the fourth Vanguard program and designated the U.S. Space Force as the lead service branch for Rocket Cargo Vanguard. AFRL will study the capability to land a rocket at remote sites and other nontraditional surfaces and near personnel and structures, among other research initiatives.

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AFRL Stands up Specialized Facilities for Airman Pressure Testing; Darrell Phillipson Quoted

Air Force Research

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has opened a new facility designed to train airmen for performance in altitudes with high pressure. Four computer-controlled altitude chambers compose AFRL's research altitude chamber facility, where airmen undergo physiology training for high-pressure scenarios, the laboratory said Friday.

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AFRL Nano-Bio Materials Consortium Announces Government-Industry Collaboration for Medical Tech

Air Force Research

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) selected 12 academic and commercial entities to conduct cost-shared research and development on smart medical technology, with a total project value of $20.4 million. AFRL said Thursday that its Nano-Bio Materials Consortium issued the awards on Feb. 15, with the goal of developing medical technologies that benefit both the public and the military.

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AFRL Demonstrates Networked Weapon Operations With Small Diameter Bomb

F-16 with CSDB

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has met all three goals of a flight test that aimed to demonstrate networked, collaborative and autonomous weapons. Two F-16 aircraft deployed Collaborative Small Diameter Bombs (CSDB) on Tuesday at White Sands Missile Range, under the service branch's Golden Horde program, AFRL said Wednesday. 

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Space Force Opens Warfighting Laboratory Under AFRL; Col. Eric Felt Quoted

U.S. Space Force

The U.S. Space Force has opened a $12.8 million facility dedicated to research development of space military technology. Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday to celebrate opening the Space Warfighting Operations R&D (SWORD) laboratory. The SWORD lab takes 26,000 square feet of space for laboratory operations and office activities of 65 scientific, technical and support personnel. 

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Hughes and OneWeb to Develop LEO Communications for AFRL

Hughes

Hughes Network Systems announced that the company and OneWeb have been selected by the U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to demonstrate managed LEO satellite communications (SATCOM) services to connect the Arctic region to sites around the globe. Hughes will test and implement end-to-end services on OneWeb’s system between selected U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) locations, a first step in harnessing the power of LEO satellites for high-speed, low-latency broadband access in the Arctic.

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AFRL Moves NTS-3 Satellite Launch to 2023 Due to Rideshare Scheduling

Air Force Research

 Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has moved the launch date of an upcoming geosynchronous orbit satellite from 2022 to 2023 due to a rideshare scheduling issue. The NTS-3 satellite is designed to provide positioning, navigation and timing for U.S. military operations. United Launch Alliance (ULA) will launch the satellite through the National Security Space Launch program's USSF-106 mission. 

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KBR Lands $48.5M USAF Contract for Optoelectronic Research; Byron Bright Quoted

Byron Bright

KBR announced on Monday that the company has secured a $48.5 million recompete contract to support optoelectronic technology research for the U.S Air Force's Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate's Optoelectronic Technology Branch (RYDH). The five-year award will require KBR to analyze military and commercial developmental devices focusing on emerging electronic, plasmonic, electro-optic and photonic technology.

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Air Force to Pick Research Concepts for Energy Infrastructure Innovation

Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Air Force plans to select research proposals on energy storage and infrastructure modernization to mitigate reliance on fossil fuels. The Air Force said Friday that its AFWERX innovation arm partnered with Air Force Futures to launch the Reimagining Energy for the Department of Defense Challenge in September 2020. 

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Jack Blackhurst to Retire as Air Force Research Lab Executive Director

Jack Blackhurst

Jack Blackhurst, executive director of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) since June 2017, is set to retire Wednesday after a 46-year career that saw him take on various military and federal civilian roles. He received his Senior Executive Service appointment in 2010 while serving as director of the human effectiveness directorate within AFRL.

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