The next energy frontier: A race for solar power from space?

WASHINGTON — The idea of using satellites to capture solar radiation in space and beam it back to Earth to use as energy was first posited in 1968, and first caught the interest of the US government during the mid/late-1970s “energy crisis.” After a number of technology development initiatives by NASA and the Energy Department fizzled out due to technical and funding challenges, the Defense... Read more about The next energy frontier: A race for solar power from space?

AFWERX releases Autonomy Prime RFI

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) -- The Department of the Air Force’s innovative engine, AFWERX, announced the release of its Autonomy Prime Request for Information, or RFI, Sept. 9, 2022. AFWERX will formally begin industry-facing research as it prepares to launch a new “Prime” program focused on the collaborative development of autonomy technologies with industry to accelerate... Read more about AFWERX releases Autonomy Prime RFI

Pentagon eyes commercial solution to supply chain problems

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense is looking to commercially available software to help address supply chain disruptions, a growing concern as companies large and small deal with the continued fallout of pandemic-related parts availability issues. In a solicitation from the Defense Innovation Unit, a Pentagon agency that fosters DoD adoption of commercial technology, the department is... Read more about Pentagon eyes commercial solution to supply chain problems

U.S. Space Force selects the University of Puerto Rico for partnership

HOUSTON, Texas -- The U.S. Space Force and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez signed an agreement Sept. 9, 2022, making them the 14th member of the service’s University Partnership Program. Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond joined UPRM Chancellor Dr. Rullán at the Johnson Center in Houston, Texas, to finalize the agreement and to learn more about the university’s space... Read more about U.S. Space Force selects the University of Puerto Rico for partnership

Airman accelerates change through persistence, develops tool for RPAs

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) -- In 2015, the 3rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit was tasked with reducing cargo taken on an MQ-1 Predator alert package with the goal to decrease the need for two C-17 Globemaster IIIs to only one. Then Tech. Sgt. Bridget Carroll had an idea to help achieve this goal with the creation of a “bird-in-a-box” later known as the Digital Aircraft Link Emulator, or DALE. Read more about Airman accelerates change through persistence, develops tool for RPAs

U.S. Space Command calls for investment in technologies for deep space missions

Lt. Gen. Shaw: 'One of the challenges that we will have as a nation is understanding the lunar environment' WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. John Shaw, deputy commander of U.S. Space Command, was at Cape Canaveral, Florida, earlier this week, hoping to see NASA’s first Artemis launch. The launch was scrubbed but Shaw said he took advantage of the time there to chat with NASA leaders about future... Read more about U.S. Space Command calls for investment in technologies for deep space missions

US Space Force takes a bite out of science fiction with robot guard dogs

'You probably don't want a machine that kills on its own... but it's capable of it' It’s a case of life almost imitating art, or at least imitating science fiction movies. The US Space Force is testing robot dogs to patrol the Cape Canaveral launch pads in Florida, the United States. They will be used for “patrol and damage assessment,” the Space Force said. Read more about US Space Force takes a bite out of science fiction with robot guard dogs

Time to ‘block and tackle’: Draft strategy outlines Air Force’s future digital environment through 2028

WASHINGTON — In a new interim draft strategy, the Air Force’s chief information officer lays out the service’s vision over the next six years for its future digital environment, including implementing zero trust, accelerating cloud adoption and harnessing data and artificial intelligence. “We’re no longer at a point where we have to necessarily grab new technology to solve our problems,” Air Force... Read more about Time to ‘block and tackle’: Draft strategy outlines Air Force’s future digital environment through 2028

How this SOCOM aircraft-mod specialist uses data to break vendor lock

Having the bandwidth to perform sophisticated post-production modifications to large military aircraft like the C-130J is key to mission performance for Defense Department organizations and special operators. Few companies have expanded faster to meet those demands than Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). In this Q&A with Brady Hauboldt, vice president, Aviation Strategic Plans & Programs for SNC’s... Read more about How this SOCOM aircraft-mod specialist uses data to break vendor lock