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AFRL, Michigan Technological University Form Emergency Raft Design Collaboration

The Air Force Research Laboratory has joined forces with students from Michigan Technological University to develop life raft platforms to support sea-based rescue efforts. AFRL researchers will help the U.S. Coast Guard develop a portable and lightweight raft offering fast deployment through helicopters and can carry approximately 100 passengers in 24 hours, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Wednesday.

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AFRL, U.K. Partner Holding Contest for Search & Rescue AI Applications

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.K.'s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory is hosting a competition to identify new planning approaches for search and rescue missions with unmanned aircraft systems. Swarm and Search AI Challenge: 2019 Fire Hack will task participants to develop artificial intelligence applications to map wildfires, support mission planning and respond to dynamic changes, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Tuesday.

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USAF Revamps Technology Transfer Program With New Efforts

The U.S. Air Force is accelerating the transition of new technologies to warfighters with new efforts under the branch's Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program. The renewed program includes an upcoming STTR-focused workshop and expanded coverage of contributors, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Monday.

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USAF, Navy Demonstrate Live-Virtual-Constructive Air Training

The U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a simulation approach where airborne pilots may train together with ground-based pilots in simulators, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. The simulation approach, known as Secure Live-Virtual-Constructive Advanced Training Environment or SLATE, also allows users to participate in virtual battles against computer-generated opponents.

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AFRL Initiates Human-Centered Data Analytics Development Effort

The Air Force Research Laboratory has begun development of a human-centered data analytics environment through use of squadron innovation funds. The analytical environment would be intended to manage and process large amounts of data, and address the speed lags of raw human analysis, AFRL said Monday. AFRL's 711th Human Performance Wing received $250K in fiscal year 2018 funds from $64M distributed across the U.S. Air Force under a squadron innovation effort.

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Air Force to Test New Contracting Process for Startups in October; Will Roper Quoted

The U.S. Air Force plans to test in October a new process that aims to speed up contract awards to startups and small businesses within days, FlightGlobal reported Friday. Will Roper, assistant secretary for the service's acquisition, technology and logistics, said the process would involve a call for startups to present their ideas in one or two pages and pitch their concepts through a “90-second video like Kickstarter.”

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AFRL Begins Development on Augmented Reality Systems for Aircraft Inspections

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate has started leveraging commercial-off-the-shelf augmented reality systems to develop an approach that will help aircraft maintainers inspect internal components of a plane. Wright-Patterson AF Base said Thursday the AR-based capability is expected to streamline nondestructive inspection, which is a process …

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Navy, Air Force Develop Laser Threat Protection Tech for Pilots

The U.S. Navy and Air Force have jointly developed and assessed an eye protection prototype for aviation operations in an effort to help reduce visible-laser cockpit illumination incidents. The Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton Vision Science Laboratory and the photonics materials branch of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and …

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