A Week in Review: 05/13/12 to 5/19/12

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

May 14, 2012

SmallSat Lab nurtures spaceport opportunities for NMSU students
New Mexico State University has received $99,999 from the Air Force Research Laboratory to re-establish the SmallSat Laboratory in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

New type of retinal prosthesis could better restore sight to blind
Using tiny solar-panel-like cells surgically placed underneath the retina, scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have devised a system that may someday restore sight to people who have lost vision because of certain types of degenerative eye diseases.

May 15, 2012

Air Force, EPA may collaborate
The Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are in talks about a research collaboration that could improve water decontamination detection and cleanup procedures, with applications for military and homeland security programs.

Adapter Could Help Air Force Get More Out of Its Launches
The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Secondary Payload Adapter, also known as an ESPA ring, can give up to six 400-pound secondary satellites a ride into space, or be converted into one free-flying spacecraft….

May 16, 2012

Researchers Turn Algae Into Fuel at Tyndall’s Air Force Research Laboratory
Algae, it grows fast and it grows just about anywhere. That’s just one of the reasons the Air Force is trying to figure out how to use it as a fuel source. Researchers at Tyndall Air Force Base began exploring the possibilities of algae-based biofuel three years ago, and it looks promising.

May 17, 2012

New ‘metamaterial’ practical for optical advances
Researchers have taken a step toward overcoming a key obstacle in commercialising “hyperbolic metamaterials,” structures that could bring optical advances including ultrapowerful microscopes, computers and solar cells.

May 18, 2012

US Department of Defense Awards $155 Million in Research Funding
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced May 16 that it will issue 23 awards to academic institutions across the country to perform multidisciplinary basic research. The program expects to award $155 million over the next five years.

Purdue researchers use AZO for optical metamaterials
Researchers at Purdue University have shown how to create metamaterials without the traditional silver or gold previously required for creating optical metamaterials.