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2009-12-08 09:30:20

Air Force Office of Scientific Research and National Science Foundation-funded professor, Dr. Xiang Zhang has demonstrated at the University of California, Berkeley the world's smallest semiconductor laser, which may have applications to the Air Force in communications, computing and bio-hazard detection. The semiconductor, called a plasmon, can focus light the size of a single protein in a space that is smaller than half its wavelength while maintaining laser-like qualities that allow it to...

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2009-12-02 08:28:05

Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) engineers have completed all environmental and performance testing on the TacSat-4 COMMx payload. This completes the entire TacSat-4 spacecraft as the spacecraft bus was completed in May 2008. The launch date was fall 2009, however it was moved to August 2010 because of Minotaur-IV technical issues and changing DoD mission priorities. TacSat-4 is a Navy led joint mission to augment current satellite communications (SATCOM) capabilities and to advance...

2009-11-02 09:40:00

OLD GREENWICH, Conn., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- inno360 LLC, a leading online platform for next-generation open innovation, today announced the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has joined as a founding member its Alpha program. The US Air Force has been a leader in collaborative, open innovation since the onset of air-based weaponry. AFRL manages over $4 billion in annual R&D spending, of which 60% is spent through outside partners. inno360's Alpha program unites global pioneers...

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2009-10-28 07:32:16

Researcher Dr. David H. Hughes of the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y. is leading a team investigating long-distance, mobile optical links imperative for secure quantum communications capabilities in theater. Hughes and his Air Force Office of Scientific Research-funded team have conducted high data-rate experiments using an optical laser link, a tool which exploits the quantum noise of light for higher security. The system uses adaptive optics for transmission of high data-rate...

2009-09-25 09:19:24

Dr. Jiwoong Park of Cornell University, who receives funding for basic research from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), is investigating carbon nanostructures that may some day be used in electronic, thermal, mechanical and sensing devices for the Air Force. "Devices that are required in many of the Air Force missions are somewhat different from commercial ones in the sense that they are often exposed to harsh environments while maintaining their maximum performance," Park...

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2009-09-16 14:50:14

Researchers funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) at the University of Michigan invented a new type of magnetron that may be used to defeat enemy electronics.  A magnetron is a type of vacuum tube used as the frequency source in microwave ovens, radar systems and other high-power microwave circuits. According to Dr. Ron Gilgenbach, an AFOSR-sponsored researcher at the University of Michigan, a new class of magnetrons was invented that holds the potential for more...

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2009-08-21 13:25:00

NASA and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, or AFOSR, have successfully launched a small rocket using an environmentally-friendly, safe propellant comprised of aluminum powder and water ice, called ALICE."This collaboration has been an opportunity for graduate students to work on an environmentally-friendly propellant that can be used for flight on Earth and used in long distance space missions," said NASA Chief Engineer Mike Ryschkewitsch at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "These...

2009-08-21 12:00:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, or AFOSR, have successfully launched a small rocket using an environmentally-friendly, safe propellant comprised of aluminum powder and water ice, called ALICE. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) "This collaboration has been an opportunity for graduate students to work on an environmentally-friendly propellant that can be used for flight on Earth and used in...

2009-07-29 15:13:49

Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) and small business Geosemble Technologies are improving Air Force situational awareness with software that presents vast amounts of map data in a more manageable format for its commanders in theater. Using basic research funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Dr. Craig Knoblock and his team developed a computerized method for aligning maps with satellite imagery. The resulting format combined the visual...

2009-06-03 08:56:00

PALMDALE, Calif., June 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On Tuesday, June 2, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) successfully conducted the initial demonstration flight of the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA). This flight marks the final and most significant milestone of Phase II of AFRL's ACCA program, in which Lockheed Martin replaced the mid/aft fuselage and empennage of a Dornier 328J aircraft with an advanced composite structure. "Yesterday was one of...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
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