A Week in Review: 2/5/12 to 2/11/12

A quick recap of AFRL and AFOSR news mentions over the past week.

February 7, 2012

Spry robot built to zip like a butterfly
High-speed video of butterflies’ agility in flight may help researchers build tiny robots that mimic the insects’ maneuvers.

JILA scientists confirm first ‘frequency comb’ to probe ultraviolet wavelengths
Physicists at JILA have created the first “frequency comb” in the extreme ultraviolet band of the spectrum, high-energy light less than 100 nanometers (nm) in wavelength. Laser-generated frequency combs are the most accurate method available for precisely measuring frequencies, or colors, of light.

February 9, 2012

AFRL announces X-56A
The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has unveiled a new unmanned test aircraft, the Lockheed Martin X-56A, designed to study active flutter suppression. Two examples of the aircraft will be built, along with four sets of wings – one rigid, to test initial aircraft handling, and three sets with increasing flexibility for flutter tests.

February 10, 2012

Electronics – the future is flexible
Flexible, printed electronics will usher in the “Organic Age” predicted Dr. Jennifer Ricklin, chief technologist at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and the opening speaker of the 2012 FlexTech Alliance Flexible Electronics & Displays Conference & Exhibition.