Tag Archives: AFRL

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 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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Air Force Research Lab to Hold Industry Event for New Procurement Vehicle

Air Force Research

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is slated to conduct a two-day virtual event from April 13th to 14th to discuss a new rapid and agile procurement vehicle to industry and academia. AFRL will accommodate industry partners on the first day while academic institutions are free to join the following day. 

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Gen. Charles Brown: USAF Eyes 6th-Gen Fighter Jets, Unmanned Platforms for Future Fleet

Gen. Charles Brown

Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown Jr., chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, said the service branch might need sixth-generation fighter jets as part of its future fleet. Brown recently told reporters that the Air Force may require a Next-Generation Air Dominance platform along with fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft like the F-35.

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AFRL Prepares to Establish New Space Environment Research Facility; Todd Parris Quoted

Skywave Technology

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) broke ground at Kirtland Air Force Base to mark the construction of a new 3,500-square-foot facility for space environment research. The $3.5 million Skywave Technology Laboratory will allow researchers to test large antennas and sensor systems outdoors before deployment. 

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Viasat Awarded $50.8M Contract by AFRL For Satellite Integration Research


Viasat has been awarded a seven-year $50.8 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to research integration between government and commercial satellite networks. Viasat will work with AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate to discover ways to integrate commercial satcom with government-owned satellites, so they all operate as a seamless network. 

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