January 14, 2014
Rival Spaceplanes attract interest abroad
Two very different space planes being developed in Europe and the United States have each won the interest of parties on the opposite sides of the Atlantic. The UK’s design for Skylon – and in particular its revolutionary SABRE hybrid engine – is to be studied and assessed by the US Air Force to see if the technology has potential to power its hypersonic vehicles. And the European Space Agency (ESA) has agreed to work with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to find areas where they work together to develop the American company’s Dream Chaser spacecraft.
January 17, 2014
Princeton’s IP Accelerator Fund awarded to four promising technologies
Enhanced cybersecurity, non-scarring tattoo removal, 3-D photography and a laser-scanning device are projects selected for Princeton University’s Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund, which supports discoveries that have significant potential for further development into products or services.
December 30, 2013
Improved Technologies for Communication, Imaging & Sensor Systems
A government and industry team led by engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RX) completed a program to assess, improve, refine, and validate a domestic source of supply for X-band Gallium Nitride (GaN) Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMICs).
December 26, 2013
Laser scientist receives presidential award
Dr. Greg Pitz from the Air Force Research Laboratory New Mexico was honored by President Obama with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
December 28, 2013
Pentagon seeks to build a disappearing battery
The battery, which DARPA calls SPECTRE for Stressed Pillar-Engineered CMOS Technology Readied for Evanescence, is intended to be transformed to a commercial semiconductor maker to turn into a reliable power supply for DARPA customers. Once used, the battery would then self-destruct to avoid falling into the wrong hands.
December 30, 2013
Improved Technologies for Communications, Imaging & Sensor Systems
A government and industry team led by engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RX) completed a program to assess, improve, refine, and validate a domestic source of supply for X-Band Gallium Nitride (GaN) Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMICs).
December 9, 2013
AFRL Reducing Demand for Fuel, Water
When setting up an expeditionary base downrange, the Base Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR) Global Management Office (GMO) is responsible.
December 11, 2013
UNL-led team finds less is more with adding graphene to nanofibers
Figuring that if some is good, more must be better, researchers have been trying to pack more graphene, a supermaterial, into structural composites. Collaborative research led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln materials engineers discovered that, in this case, less is more.
December 12, 2013
Light and sound fire scientists’ imaginations
Rice University researchers lead review of photonic, phononic metamaterials
Strategies to manipulate light and sound go back to the first spherical glass bead and the pounding of the first hollow log. But their full potential is only just becoming apparent, according to a review by materials scientists at Rice University and their colleagues.
December 13, 2013
USAFA Physics Dept. expands Falcon Telescope network to La Junta
Researchers at the Air Force Academy’s Department of Physics Center for Space Situational Awareness Research now have new university partners around the globe, thanks to a project combining satellite and educational outreach.
November 11, 2013
The Hunt for Biofuels Looks Beyond Ethanol
A push is on to get more energy from nonedible plants
November 13, 2013
Nature’s Glowing Slime: Scientists Peek into Hidden Sea Worm’s Light
Clouds of bioluminescent mucus–emitted by a marine worm that lives in a cocoon-like habitat — are linked to a common vitamin
Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and their colleagues are unraveling the mechanisms behind a little-known marine worm that produces a dazzling bioluminescent display in the form of puffs of blue light released into seawater. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s Natural Materials, Systems, and Extremophiles Program and the Hans & Ella McCollum ’21 Vahlteich Endowment supported the research.