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AFRL Adopts New Technology to Boost Gallium Oxide R&D

The Air Force Research Laboratory is implementing a new feature to support the development of semiconductor materials for lighter and smaller electronics. The emerging Oxide Molecular Beam Epitaxy laboratory will house a new MBE chamber to create gallium oxide semiconductors for use in aircraft electronics, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Friday.

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AFRL, Universities Form Additive Printing Partnership for Aircraft, Spacecraft Structures

The U.S. Air Force Laboratory's composites branch partnered with the University of Miami, Louisiana Tech University, University of Arkansas and the University of Texas to highlight the application of 3D printed carbon fiber and epoxy components on air and spacecraft structures. AFRL also performed joint projects with international allies to craft lightweight core structures that can hold the payload through the use of composite printed materials, the Wright Patterson Air Force Base said on Friday.

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AFRL, Cornell University Establishing Center of Excellence With Semiconductor Focus

The Air Force Research Laboratory is working with Cornell University to launch a new center of excellence to foster studies on beta-gallium oxide. AFRL-Cornell Center for Epitaxial Solutions or ACCESS will study the material holding the potential to function as a semiconductor of greater performance than standard materials such as silicon and solar cells, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Monday.

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Air Force Conducting Pitch Day in March to Foster Rapid Acquisition Efforts

The U.S. Air Force is slated to commence its first “pitch day” as part of its Small Business Innovation Research program in March, Fedscoop reported Wednesday. Fifty-nine companies will deliver pitches to Air Force officers in areas such as special forces, digital technology and command, control, communication, intelligence and networks.

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AFRL Launches New R&D Supercomputers

The Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center at Air Force Research Laboratory employs four new supercomputers for research and development activities, 2 News reported Tuesday. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base unveiled the Mustang, Shadow, Spectre and Voodoo computers during a ceremony on Tuesday. 

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AFRL Addressing Anti-Aircraft Threat Detection Needs

The Air Force Research Laboratory is working with the service branch's collection management division to automate the detection of ground-based anti-aircraft weapons. David Sobota and Capt. Yongjun Yoon of AFRL's sensors directorate are collecting signature data based on five of the Air Force Museum's anti-aircraft guns, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Friday.

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USAF, Navy Demonstrate Live-Virtual-Constructive Air Training

The U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a simulation approach where airborne pilots may train together with ground-based pilots in simulators, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. The simulation approach, known as Secure Live-Virtual-Constructive Advanced Training Environment or SLATE, also allows users to participate in virtual battles against computer-generated opponents.

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AFRL Initiates Human-Centered Data Analytics Development Effort

The Air Force Research Laboratory has begun development of a human-centered data analytics environment through use of squadron innovation funds. The analytical environment would be intended to manage and process large amounts of data, and address the speed lags of raw human analysis, AFRL said Monday. AFRL's 711th Human Performance Wing received $250K in fiscal year 2018 funds from $64M distributed across the U.S. Air Force under a squadron innovation effort.

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Air Force Research Lab Develops B-52 Electrical Systems Tester

The Air Force Research Laboratory has developed an electrical systems tester to support maintenance work on the Boeing-built B-52 bomber aircraft. AFRL teamed up with the Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and the University of Dayton Research Institute to build an EST prototype, the service said Monday.

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