Bio-Inspired Flight — Who Is Air Force Basic Research

Technological advances are constantly increasing human potential for developing very small things. For the US Air Force this means revolutionary designs in future air vehicles providing war fighters with tools that enhance situational awareness and the capacity to engage rapidly, precisely and with minimal collateral damage. When it comes to improving flight mechanics in these vehicles what better place to look for inspiration than bats, birds or bugs? These natural flyers have been perfecting their flight techniques for millions of years.

In this video, meet the researchers AFOSR is funding to develop designs for flight vehicles that will have revolutionary impacts on the future Air Force.

A Week in Review: 2/19/12 to 2/25/12

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

February 21, 2012

US universities look to untangle the challenges of creating quantum memories
Seven US universities are collaborating to determine the best approach for generating quantum memories based on interaction between light and matter.

UCLA breaks organic PV efficiency level
Taking a page from multi-junction gallium arsenide (GaAs) photovoltaics, used in high-concentrating PV, engineers and researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed a multi-layered organic photovoltaic device that converts up to 10.6 percent of light into electricity as tested by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

February 22, 2012

Smaller antennas for smaller wireless devices and still smaller micro-air vehicles
Supported by a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Dr. Anthony Grbic utilizes an innovative fabrication process to produce small, efficient antennas.

February 23, 2012

Penn Researchers Build First Physical “Metatronic” Circuit
The technological world of the 21st century owes a tremendous amount to advances in electrical engineering, specifically, the ability to finely control the flow of electrical charges using increasingly small and complicated circuits. And while those electrical advances continue to race ahead, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are pushing circuitry forward in a different way, by replacing electricity with light.