AFRL infrastructure projects boost readiness, security

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) -- While the Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, is notable for developments inside the lab, a series of projects at AFRL sites across the U.S. is modernizing infrastructure and strengthening science and technology capabilities for national defense. These projects include new rocket fabrication machines in California, increased security measures in... Read more about AFRL infrastructure projects boost readiness, security

Machine Learning, AI Needed For JADC2 Secure Comms

The Pentagon-wide effort to connect sensors to shooters to gain decision dominance should prioritize secure communications, industry executives said. The Air Force is looking at new technologies to support its contribution to the joint all-domain command and control, or JADC2, campaign, including systems that use machine learning and artificial intelligence to speed up comms. A secure... Read more about Machine Learning, AI Needed For JADC2 Secure Comms

Air Passenger Taxis and Air Ambulance Are Seen as the Biggest eVTOL Growth Markets

Air passenger taxis, air ambulance and cargo transport are seen as the three areas of the eVTOL market that will see the biggest growth over the next five years. This is according to new research from Horizon Aircraft, an innovative leader in hybrid electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aerial vehicles, with private equity and venture capital professionals. Key to growth of the eVTOL... Read more about Air Passenger Taxis and Air Ambulance Are Seen as the Biggest eVTOL Growth Markets

AFMC releases 2023 Strategic Plan

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) -- The Air Force Materiel Command released a new Strategic Plan outlining the ways it will work to deliver the advanced, integrated materiel capabilities the Air Force needs to deter aggression and prevail against the modern adversarial threats. The AFMC plan directly aligns to the seven Department of the Air Force Operational Imperatives and focuses on... Read more about AFMC releases 2023 Strategic Plan

AFWERX, Army partner in first multiservice contracting sprint

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) -- The AFWERX contracting team partnered with two Army organizations to execute the first multiservice Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, and Small Business Technology Transfer, or STTR, contracting sprint. The exercise, in which AFWERX partnered with the Army Futures Command, or AFC, and Army Contracting Command, or ACC, was a collaborative... Read more about AFWERX, Army partner in first multiservice contracting sprint

Airman’s innovation saves time, money

Thousands of hours are spent each year removing and installing a boom cover on a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft – hours that could be used elsewhere. One 100th Maintenance Squadron Airman has invented a new boom cover tool that has the potential to save the U.S. Air Force 40,000 man-hours and approximately $1 million per year. “I noticed as soon as I got to Mildenhall that removing and installing... Read more about Airman’s innovation saves time, money

Space Force envisions digital future for testing and training

WASHINGTON — When Lt. Gen. Chance Saltzman thinks about how the Space Force will train its Guardians and test its systems in the future, he pictures an integrated, digital infrastructure. Saltzman, the service’s deputy chief of space operations, cyber and nuclear, envisions a future testing and training enterprise where space operators can connect virtually to practice tactics and new satellites... Read more about Space Force envisions digital future for testing and training

Air Force Invents Flapping Wing Micro Aircraft Based On Bird Biomechanics

Researchers at the US Air Force Research Lab have invented a flapping-wing micro aircraft vehicle – or MAV – based on the biomechanical movement of flying birds and insects. It is intended to be used for open surveillance, swarm operations, and situational awareness on the battlefield. Read more about Air Force Invents Flapping Wing Micro Aircraft Based On Bird Biomechanics

DoD Public-Private Partnerships Focus on Manufacturing Innovations to Fight COVID-19 and Build the Industrial Base

Department of Defense (DoD) Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MIIs) — public-private partnerships established by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology (OSD ManTech) Program, under the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) — convene critical, groundbreaking work that helps in the fight against COVID-19 and builds and... Read more about DoD Public-Private Partnerships Focus on Manufacturing Innovations to Fight COVID-19 and Build the Industrial Base

STRIKEWERX, LSUS partnership realizes Airmen ideas to solve needs

SHREVEPORT, La. — STRIKEWERX, Air Force Global Strike Command’s innovation hub, and LSU Shreveport are working together to develop prototypes and solutions that will improve the lives of Airmen across the Command. Read more about STRIKEWERX, LSUS partnership realizes Airmen ideas to solve needs