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Starfire Optical Range

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Starfire Optical Range is a vital resource in achieving the Air Force mission to operate freely in space. This world-class optical research facility and center for Air Force strategic optical exploration is located on a hilltop site (6,240 feet above sea level) on Kirtland Air Force Base. The SOR primary mission is to develop optical sensing, imaging, and atmospheric propagation technologies to support Air Force aerospace missions. This facility leads the industry changing technology of laser beacon adaptive optics for military uses and civilian applications such as astronomy. It is a major component of the Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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