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AFRL, AIAA Talk About Changes of Former’s Rocket Lab; Shawn Phillips Quoted

Shawn Phillips

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) met to discuss changes that AFRL's Rocket Lab has undergone in terms of site use, in-space propulsion and space access. Representatives from the two organizations met virtually from Tuesday to Wednesday under the chairmanship of Ray Flores, deputy director for Air Force Materiel Command's Office of the Inspector General, AFRL said Wednesday.

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Air Force Research Lab Mulls ‘Vanguard’ Tech Advancement Program Expansion; Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle Quoted

Air Force Research

Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), said that AFRL could increase the number of Vanguard programs to build transformation systems. “Our goal is to achieve, or dedicate, up to 20 percent of our investments to this portfolio — this transformational, top-down strategy-driven design — by FY23,” Pringle was quoted as saying by C4ISRNET.

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Air Force Research Lab to Accept First Assembly of Directed Energy Laser Tech

Air Force Research Lab

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) expects to receive later this month the first of three main subsystems for a laser weapon being developed to protect military aircraft from air-to-air and surface-to-air missile threats. AFRL said Tuesday that its team of engineers and scientists could begin system integration work after accepting initial pod hardware for the Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHIELD).

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ASI Wins U.S. Space Force Contract to Deliver Space Data Transport Network

U.S. Space Force

Analytical Space Inc. (ASI) has been awarded a three-year, $26.4 million contract by the Department of the Air Force's commercial investment arm (AF Ventures), with joint funding from the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), as part of the Strategic Financing (STRATFI) program.

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Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle on Air Force’s Golden Horde Swarming Bombs Program

Brig.Gen. Heather Pringle

Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), said the service will conduct a second test of the Golden Horde swarming bombs later in Feb. 2021. “We’re looking forward to two more flights this month, in fact, with four collaborative small diameter bomb weapons, and I’m looking at time on target to try to up the game a little bit,” Pringle said.

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Space Force Eyes Satellite Imaging for Beyond-Line-Of-Sight Targeting; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force is in the early stages of studying the use of imaging data from small tactical satellites to detect targets beyond line of sight. Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations and 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said that the Space Force seeks to closely coordinate with intelligence sector partners to explore the use of tactical satellite imaging,

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Air Force Research Lab’s WeaponONE Demo Highlights Benefits of Digital Twins to Warfighters; Col. Garry Haase Quoted

WeaponONE Demo

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) conducted a demonstration of a program to highlight how digital twin technologies could help deliver weapons capabilities to warfighters in near real time. AFRL’s munitions directorate integrated the Digital Twin Lab to improve the capabilities of Gray Wolf, a weapons system prototype designed to launch in a swarm to target hostile threats. 

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AFRL, Korean Partners Solicit Quantum Information Science Research; Shery Welsh Quoted

Air Force Research Lab

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and its partners intend to award three-year grants for quantum information science and technology research. “Our international program officers create programmatic opportunities to discover bold, high-risk, high-reward research that will modernize our Air and Space Forces," said Shery Welsh, director of AFRL's Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). 

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AFRL Tests Collaborative Semi-Autonomous Bombs

Collaborative Small

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), on Dec. 15 at Eglin AF Base, test-flew a new technology designed to enable semi-autonomous collaboration between multiple weapon units. An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft carried then dropped two Collaborative Small Diameter Bombs that communicated with one another to detect targets, the U.S. Air Force said Thursday.

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