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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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Space Force Named Lead Service for Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The Department of the Air Force has announced Rocket Cargo as the fourth Vanguard program and designated the U.S. Space Force as the lead service branch for Rocket Cargo Vanguard. AFRL will study the capability to land a rocket at remote sites and other nontraditional surfaces and near personnel and structures, among other research initiatives.

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AFRL Stands up Specialized Facilities for Airman Pressure Testing; Darrell Phillipson Quoted

Air Force Research

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has opened a new facility designed to train airmen for performance in altitudes with high pressure. Four computer-controlled altitude chambers compose AFRL's research altitude chamber facility, where airmen undergo physiology training for high-pressure scenarios, the laboratory said Friday.

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AFRL Nano-Bio Materials Consortium Announces Government-Industry Collaboration for Medical Tech

Air Force Research

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) selected 12 academic and commercial entities to conduct cost-shared research and development on smart medical technology, with a total project value of $20.4 million. AFRL said Thursday that its Nano-Bio Materials Consortium issued the awards on Feb. 15, with the goal of developing medical technologies that benefit both the public and the military.

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AFRL Demonstrates Networked Weapon Operations With Small Diameter Bomb

F-16 with CSDB

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has met all three goals of a flight test that aimed to demonstrate networked, collaborative and autonomous weapons. Two F-16 aircraft deployed Collaborative Small Diameter Bombs (CSDB) on Tuesday at White Sands Missile Range, under the service branch's Golden Horde program, AFRL said Wednesday. 

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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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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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Air Force Adds University of Dayton Research Institute to $96M Propulsion, Thermal Management Tech Project

USAF REPAS

The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) will help the U.S. Air Force further develop propulsion, power and thermal management systems for military use under a potential $96 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract. UDRI will perform work as part of the branch's Research Enabling Procurement for Aerospace Systems (REPAS) program, the Department of Defense said Monday.

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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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