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2010-01-28 09:30:00

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Wyle has signed an agreement with the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop formal flight and sensor operator training courses designed to enhance the proficiency and competence of Air Force Research Laboratory small unmanned aircraft systems flight operations with the goal of minimizing unmanned aircraft mishaps. Wyle and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio will develop and validate...

2010-01-11 17:02:59

Researchers at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln have addressed the issue of faulty software by developing an algorithm and open source tool that is 300 times faster at generating tests and also reduces current software testing time. The new algorithm has potential to increase the efficiency of the software testing process across systems. The project, funded in part by an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award and through a National Science Foundation...

2010-01-08 12:17:00

HAMPTON, Va., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Planes that are quieter, less polluting and more fuel-efficient - talk about flying the friendly skies. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On Tuesday, Jan. 12, at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Fay Collier will outline the highlights of the agency's "Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project," a NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate effort starting in 2010. Collier, the project...

2009-12-11 14:00:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force X-51A WaveRider vehicle yesterday successfully made its first captive carry flight under the wing of a B-52 carry aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The X-51A is powered by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company. The X-51A is expected to demonstrate hypersonic flight up to six times the speed of sound in test flights beginning early next year. The X-51A program is a...

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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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