Smart and Fast: New Tech Speeds HCF Qualification of New Materials

New high cycle fatigue (HCF) testing technology will allow aerospace building materials to be vetted more quickly and efficiently for future use, and with much more information gathered during the testing process. With the support of SBIR/STTR, Utah-based FractureLab has developed a fatigue testing rig that is between twenty-five and one thousand times faster than conventional testing methods... Read more about Smart and Fast: New Tech Speeds HCF Qualification of New Materials

Space Force selects 125 industry proposals for on-orbit servicing technologies

WASHINGTON — SpaceWERX, the technology arm of the U.S. Space Force, has selected 125 industry teams for the initial phase of the Orbital Prime program, an effort to develop technologies for orbital debris cleanup and other space services. Each team will receive a $250,000 contract to flesh out their concepts and do early design work, officials told SpaceNews. Read more about Space Force selects 125 industry proposals for on-orbit servicing technologies

U.S. Air Force Successfully Tests New GBU-31 JDAM Anti-Ship Variant

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Eglin Air Force Base’s Integrated Test Team recently demonstrated a new low-cost, air-delivered smart weapon capability intended to defeat maritime threats. The test, which happened on April 28, 2022, saw an F-15E Strike Eagle releasing a modified 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and successfully destroying a full-scale... Read more about U.S. Air Force Successfully Tests New GBU-31 JDAM Anti-Ship Variant

Air Force positions autonomous drones, networked weapon systems as top priorities

The Air Force is asking Congress for more than $100 million in additional R&D funding for autonomous drones and networked weapon systems as the Pentagon pursues more cost-effective ways to match up against China. The technology is a top priority for Air Force leaders as they look toward the future operating environment and fiscal constraints that will limit the number of manned planes that the... Read more about Air Force positions autonomous drones, networked weapon systems as top priorities

DARPA, AFRL, Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Rocketdyne Team Successfully Demonstrate HAWC, Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE: AJRD) team successfully flight tested the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC). This historic flight reached speeds in excess of Mach 5, altitudes greater than 65,000 feet and furthers the understanding of operations in the high-speed flight... Read more about DARPA, AFRL, Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Rocketdyne Team Successfully Demonstrate HAWC, Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept

US Space Force awards contract for simulation and war gaming environment

Slingshot Aerospace announced today it is developing a digital replica of the space environment for the U.S. Space Force as part of a new $25 million contract aimed at quickly delivering training and war gaming capabilities. The company’s Digital Space Twin simulates the space environment and maps on-orbit objects and space weather in real-time. Slingshot has been developing the tool as a... Read more about US Space Force awards contract for simulation and war gaming environment

AFRL/AFOSR CONDUCTS SUCCESSFUL ROCKET LAUNCH AT NASA WALLOPS FOR HYPERSONICS RESEARCH

The BOLT II “In memory of Mike Holden” flight experiment, managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory/Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFRL/AFOSR), launched on the evening of March 21 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Dr. Michael Holden, who, up until his passing in 2019, had been a leader in the hypersonics field since... Read more about AFRL/AFOSR CONDUCTS SUCCESSFUL ROCKET LAUNCH AT NASA WALLOPS FOR HYPERSONICS RESEARCH

The Air Force just soared past an electric aircraft milestone

Last week, on the morning of Wednesday, March 9, an electric aircraft with a 50-foot wingspan called Alia took flight out of Plattsburgh, New York. The plane, powered by two motors driving a propeller in the rear, flew for about an hour. Later that day, it flew again. The Alia aircraft is an experimental flying machine that produces no emissions while in the air, and it’s made by a Vermont-based... Read more about The Air Force just soared past an electric aircraft milestone

Spark Tank Finalists: Video Games as the Future of Training?

The Department of the Air Force’s annual Spark Tank competition takes place March 4, when six teams will take to the stage at the AFA Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla. Each team will pitch the most senior leaders in the Air and Space Forces on how their innovations can save money, improve the lives of Airmen and Guardians, and transform the department. Air Force Magazine is highlighting one team... Read more about Spark Tank Finalists: Video Games as the Future of Training?

Under AFRL Contract, Leidos to Pursue ‘Mjolnir’ High Power Microwave Counter Drone System

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) directed energy directorate at Kirtland AFB, N.M., has awarded a $26 million contract to Leidos [LDOS] to develop the company’s Mjölnir high power microwave (HPM) weapon against adversary drones. Read more about Under AFRL Contract, Leidos to Pursue ‘Mjolnir’ High Power Microwave Counter Drone System