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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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Michael Hayduk on Air Force Research Lab’s Quantum Initiatives

Michael Hayduk

Michael Hayduk, deputy director of the information directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), said AFRL has launched several initiatives focused on advancing quantum information science. He said the lab awarded 23 Small Business Technology Transfer Phase II contracts worth approximately $35 million to 15 small businesses in December 2020 for projects spanning AFRL’s four QIS technical areas. 

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Lt. Col. Ryan Rose on Space Force’s Small Satellite Launch Plans

Lt. Col. Ryan Rose

Lt. Col. Ryan Rose, chief of the small launch and targets division of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC) launch enterprise, said the U.S. Space Force plans to assess and work with as many small launch providers as possible and determine how to procure services from such companies to meet future demand.

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AFRL to Test New Helmet Tech for Nighttime Rescue Missions; Darrel Hopper Quoted

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The U.S. Air Force's research arm will demonstrate a new helmet system designed to support nighttime personnel recovery missions. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) will use the CubCrafters XCub aircraft to test the Low Altitude Sensing Helmet (LASH) system at St. Mary’s County, Maryland. USAF expects LASH to be operational in 2022, given that the planned schedule is met.

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AFRL Picks 17 Research Grantees for Quantum Computing Tech Accelerator; Shery Welsh Quoted

Shery Welsh

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded 17 research grants to U.S. and international participants as part of the lab’s tech accelerator program with a focus on quantum-based communications, computing, sensing and timing. Shery Welsh, director of AFOSR, said the tech accelerator serves as entry point for identifying researchers seeking to address issues beyond traditional quantum information science.

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SpaceWERX Program Launched to Foster Space Force Innovation; Barbara Barrett Quoted

Barbara Barrett

The U.S. Space Force now has its own innovation program that would engage in new space technology development, similarly to the U.S. Air Force's AFWERX. The SpaceWERX program will operate as a space-focused arm of AFWERX, now part of Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). AFWERX announced SpaceWERX's creation at the Accelerate event that commenced on the same day.

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Space Force’s Gabriel Mounce: Gov’t Needs New Practices to Meet Industry’s Innovation Pace

Gabriel Mounce

Gabriel Mounce, director of the U.S. Space Force’s accelerator program, has said that the government must modernize its research and development practices to keep up with industry’s efforts to innovate in space programs. Mounce also serves as head of technology commercialization and economic development at the Air Force Research Laboratory.

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AFRL Opens New Lab at Kirtland AFB for Deployable Space Structure Tests

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The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has inaugurated a new facility at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, built to test novel deployable space structures for the service branch. The 7,000 square foot Deployable Structures Laboratory features a secure and climate-controlled, vibration isolated area to test high-strain composite materials. 

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