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Unmanned Systems

A Motorless Sailplane to Explore Mars’ Atmosphere

The UA team aims to design a motorless sailplane that can soar over the Martian surface for days at a time, using only wind for propulsion.

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Communications

5G Cellular to 5G.MIL® Pilot Network Data Transfer Demonstrated

Lockheed Martin and AT&T securely and rapidly transferred UH-60M Black Hawk health and usage data through an AT&T 5G private cellular network and Lockheed...

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Test & Measurement

Flight-Testing of New Airbus A321XLR Gathers Momentum

Following the maiden flight of A321XLR development aircraft MSN11000, two more prototypes, currently in advanced stages of manufacture, will join the certification flight-test...

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Test & Measurement

Air Force Conducts Aircrew Chemical Weapon Protection Test

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing and the 28th Test and Evaluation Squadron recently executed an in-flight vapor purge test in a F-15E Strike...

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Aerospace

Preventing Gridlock on the Ground

NASA technology is enabling airline flight managers to improve managing traffic on the ground and scheduling departures.

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Manned Systems

Electronic Warfare Combat Training Pod

Using mPOD, “adversary” pilots can emulate enemy jamming techniques accurately, conditioning aircrews to evolving threat scenarios and better preparing them for real combat.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

How to Check and Quantify the Five Deadly Problems

This paper begins by reviewing the current research on aeration within the lubrication context. A solid understanding of the symptoms and effects of aeration are required to build an...

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Aerospace

What’s the Future of Lunar Exploration?

Many countries are aiming to reach the Moon in 2024 and 2025. How much do you know about these upcoming Moon missions? Take this quiz to find out.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

3D Printing Metal Components for Small Satellite Delivery Systems

Launcher depends on Velo3D to 3D-print complex rocket components for low-cost, small satellite delivery systems.

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Aerospace

Northrop Grumman Continues B-2 Spirit Modernization

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force are continuing enhancements to the B-2 Spirit Stealth bomber fleet providing new capability, including its first long-range stealth missile. The...

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Materials

Ceramic Matrix Composites Offer Lighter, More Durable Engine Parts

If you're looking for the next cool idea in sustainable aviation, Pratt & Whitney's (P&W) Andy Lazur may have just the thing. Only it’s designed to run hot.

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Energy

Oscillating Heat Pipes Tested for Use in Space

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has released the results from its Advanced Structurally Embedded Thermal Spreader Two (ASETS-II). The AFRL experiment was 100% effective in testing...

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Aerospace

Overcoming Clean Room Challenges: How to Move Massive Equipment

Transport, position, and rotate unlimited load size and weight without impact to the clean room environment or damage to floors. How? With AeroGo air casters: the hovercraft...

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Defense

How to Specify and Select RF Filters

Selecting a filter for an A&D application requires an understanding of available RF filter responses, physical formats, and technologies, with a good idea of necessary functional goals, such as separating channels or rejecting interference.

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Power

The Sky is No Longer the Limit Celebrating 75 Years of Air Force Technology

Since its inception, the mission of the United States Air Force has been to fly, fight, and win — delivering airpower anytime, anywhere in defense of our nation.

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Photonics/Optics

Test & Measurement - September 2022

Test strategies to track hypersonic threats…overcoming challenges of EV battery and electric aircraft testing…an innovative way to measure the thermal properties of materials. These are just a few of...

Briefs
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Corrugated Rollable Tubular Boom

NASA’s new COROTUB boom is flattened, rolled, and stowed in a small package for easy transport to remote locations. When unfurled, it expands into a load-bearing structural boom.

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Unmanned Systems

Investigation of Requirements and Capabilities of Next-Generation Mine Warfare Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

The current fleet of United States Navy Mine Countermeasures ships, the Avenger class, is reaching the end of its planned service life.

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Photonics/Optics

On the Pulsed Laser Ablation of Metals and Semiconductors

The fundamental goal of this research is to build from a broad set of experimental and theoretical data to a narrower set of scaling relations, heuristics, and trends that provide a roadmap for understanding laser ablation across relevant regimes.

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Photonics/Optics

Modeling Optical Time and Frequency Generation and Transfer Systems

The research was closely tied to work that was led by Nathan Newbury at NIST, and the principal goal was to support the development of advanced laser sources.

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Weapons Systems

Navy Lasers, Railgun, and Hypervelocity Projectile: Background and Issues for Congress

Two key limitations that Navy surface ships currently have in defending themselves against ASCMs and ASBMs are limited depth of magazine and unfavorable cost exchange ratios.

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Aerospace

Design, Demonstration, and Simulation of the Diode-Pumped Thulium/Holmium (Tm/Ho) Composite Fiber 2.1-μm Laser

This research demonstrates for the first time a polariton laser with coherence reaching the intrinsic limit of single-mode matter-wave lasers.

Application Briefs
Unmanned Systems

Tactical Combat Missiles

With AKERON, MBDA is now offering a family of missiles that can adapt to the needs of collaborative tactical combat.

NASA Spinoff
Aerospace

Webb Telescope Mirror Tech Improves Eye Surgery on Earth

Eye surgery patients on Earth are benefiting from early research on the NASA’s James Webb Telescope’s enormous mirrors.

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Electronics & Computers

Overcoming Connectivity Challenges in Defense Applications

Designers of products for defense applications face a complex set of challenges. They must address continually growing data volumes and bandwidth requirements in systems that are...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Air Force Wind Tunnel Team Takes 3D Printing Program to Next Dimension

It started with a piece here, a small part there. But since its inception at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 in White Oak,...

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Manned Systems

Northrop Grumman and Boom Supersonic Collaborate on New Supersonic Aircraft

A new supersonic aircraft tailored to provide quick-reaction capabilities to the U.S. military and allies will be offered through a collaborative agreement...

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Propulsion

NASA, GE Complete Historic Hybrid-Electric Propulsion Tests

Sustainable aircraft of the future are going to need propulsion systems that can use technology to generate power comparable to the equipment used in today’s commercial jets....