A week in Review: 7/8/12 to 7/14/12

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

July 9, 2012

AFFTC to be re-designated as Air Force Test Center
The Air Force Flight Test Center will be re-designated as the Air Force Test Center during a ceremony held July 13……..In addition to the Air Force Test Center, the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker AFB, Okla., the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, the Air Force Research Laboratory, also at Wright-Patterson, and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland AFB, N.M., make up AFMC’s 5-Center construct.

AFRL Moves Ahead on Bunker-Buster for F-35
The US Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded two more contracts under the High Velocity Penetrating Weapon (HVPW) program to develop technology for a rocket-boosted bunker-buster that can fit inside an F-35.

July 11, 2012

Bubbles snap nanotubes like twigs
Carbon nanotubes, which are 100 times stronger than steel, can be snapped like a twig by tiny air bubbles, new research shows.

July 12, 2012

Shape-shifting materials are goal of new nanotechnology project
An international research team has received a $2.9 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to design nanomaterials whose internal structure changes shape in response to stimuli such as heat or light.