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AFWERX Demos Kitty Hawk’s Electric Transportation Aircraft; Lt. Col. Martin Salinas Quoted

Heaviside Electric

The U.S. Air Force's AFWERX innovation program partnered with Kitty Hawk to test the Heaviside electric aircraft in an operational exercise last month. AFWERX's Agility Prime program and Kitty Hawk, a company focused on electric flight transportation, demonstrated the aircraft's remote flight and automated capabilities at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. 

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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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Dr. Will Roper, Former USAF Executive, Joins Volansi Board of Directors

Dr. Will Roper

Volansi has appointed Dr. Will Roper, the former assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, to its Board of Directors, where he will help drive the company’s strategy, operations and growth in defense markets. “Dr. Will Roper joins Volansi’s board with a reputation as a transformative, forward-looking leader,” said Volansi CEO and co-Founder Hannan Parvizian

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Will Roper Joins Pallas Advisors as Senior Counselor; Tony DeMartino Quoted

Dr. Will Roper

Pallas Advisors has appointed Dr. Will Roper, former assistant secretary of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics with the U.S. Air Force and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, as a senior counselor. During his tenure as SCO director, Roper served on the Department’s 2018 National Defense Strategy Steering Group, Cloud Executive Steering Group and Defense Modernization Team.

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Alion to Participate in USAF AFWERX Reimagining Energy for the DoD Challenge

Alion Science and

Alion Science and Technology will be a participant in the U.S. Air Force AFWERX Reimagining Energy for the Department of Defense (DoD) Challenge. "Alion is honored to be included in this showcase and excited to be able to demonstrate our technology and solutions to support such an important global DoD energy effort," said John Eubank, Alion's director of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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Michael Brown: DIU Now Focuses on Drone Swarming Tech

Michael Brown

Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), said at a recent AFWERX event that his organization has been working to study drone swarming technologies. He said autonomous drone swarming is something the military has to be concerned about as a result of the technology's potentially dangerous uses by terrorists.

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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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Air Force Updates Investment Strategy for Small Business Contractors; Lt. Gen. Duke Richardson Quoted

Lt. Gen. Duke Richardson

The U.S Air Force is modifying its innovation strategy to focus more on breaking down barriers for small businesses that are new to working with government customers, National Defense Magazine reported Thursday. The Air Force has recently awarded a number of first-time contractors for the Small Business Innovation Research program.

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HawkEye 360 to Deliver On-Orbit Satellite Constellation Under AFWERX Space Challenge; Rob Rainhart, Brennan Townley Quoted

Rob Rainhart

AFWERX has selected HawkEye 360 as one of the top participating teams in The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative that includes four challenges to develop integrated space operations, leveraging innovative technology and maintaining security. Additionally, HawkEye 360 has exhibited resiliency and agility across Persistent ISR, Department of Defense (DoD) Commercial Space Partnerships, Global Space Transport and Delivery and Space Asset Resiliency.

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