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AFRL Completes Demonstration of New Maintenance Robotic System

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Manufacturing Technologies Division has showcased a new a robotic system for aircraft maintenance. The Advanced Automation for Agile Aerospace Applications or A5 robot uses sensor feedback to perform factory work in localized environments, Wright-Patterson AF Base said Thursday. The robot weighs 22,000 pounds and is expected to reduce the …

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Air Force Develops New Multi-Junction Solar Cell Technology

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has reported the development of solar cell technology designed to augment power supply capacities for space missions. Inverted Metamorphic Multi-Junction Solar Cells that are made as lighter and more efficient solar cell variants, the Air Force said Thursday. Standard multi-junction solar cells undergo growth on germanium substrates …

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DARPA Appoints Steven Walker Full-Time Director

Steven Walker, formerly deputy director and acting director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has been appointed to lead DARPA on a full-time basis. He succeeds Arati Prabhakar, who left DARPA in January and now serves as a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the …

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Air Force Squadron Decommissions ANGELS Satellite

The U.S. Air Force‘s third space experimentation squadron decommissioned the Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space satellite Nov. 20 at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado. ANGELS tested orbital mechanics of space-based technology platforms, as well as automated spacecraft operations, space situational awareness and rendezvous and proximity methods, the Air …

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Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Unveils Study Areas for 2018

A U.S. Air Force-sponsored scientific advisory board has unveiled two major studies the group plans to conduct in 2018 as part of efforts to address topics prioritized by the Air Force secretary and chief of staff. The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board’s first study area will focus on critical air, space …

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