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  • AFRL Technology traveling to Mars

    The Red Planet, Mars, will soon be receiving more visitors when NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover accompanied by its flight companion, a 4-pound Mars Helicopter named Ingenuity, touches down in February 2021.
  • Air Force Research Laboratory tracks Sporadic E

    Researchers at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in New Mexico, have discovered a new way to track and characterize a phenomenon called “Sporadic E” naturally occurring in the upper atmosphere, where large structures of dense plasma form.
  • AFRL announces two new space flight experiments

    The Director of the AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate, Col. Eric Felt, announced that the two winning concepts are Precise and CHPS, or the Cislunar Highway Patrol System.
  • AFRL NM STEM Academy “HOPES- Mission to Mars” is going virtual

    The Air Force Research Laboratory New Mexico STEM Academy will be hosting its second virtual “Mission to Mars” for 5th grade students. Students are invited to participate in five months of activities, centered on planning a simulated manned-mission to Mars.
  • AFRL collaborates in break-through solar power development

    The Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in maturing a technology for fabricating high-efficiency solar cells in a high-throughput, low-cost manner via a technology called dynamic hydride vapor phase epitaxy, or D-HVPE.
  • Kirtland is an integral hub for U.S. Space Force

    Kirtland’s 52,000 acres have been referred to as a national security complex—where 108 mission partners under five different Air Force major commands, and the Departments of the Air Force and Energy, populate the mega base. Now this includes elements of the newly created sixth armed service—the United States Space Force.
  • AFRL Takes Creative Approach to Collaborating With Deployed Airmen on Innovation

    The AFRL is helping to develop ways for its community to pursue ingenuity. This has taken on several forms, including standing up “maker spaces,” where employees can use tools to create, and providing events to pitch invention ideas to a panel of judges that could present patent opportunities. 
  • Engineers earn tech development award

    Engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate Integrated Structural Systems Program are receiving an award for their achievement in notable technology development.
  • Pawlikowski holds Commander's Call at Kirtland AFB

    Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Air Force Materiel Command commander, recently visited and provided an update on the 2017 AFMC Strategic Plan during a Commander’s Call held for Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory personnel.“Thank you for what you do,” Pawlikowski said. “It makes me proud to be a part of Air Force
  • AFRL agreement with Advanced Optical Technologies, Inc. supports tech transfer

    The AFRL Directed Energy Directorate in New Mexico recently signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Advanced Optical Technologies, Inc. that allows AOT the use of advanced Air Force instrumentation at AOT's new facility in the Sandia Science & Technology Park. The instrumentation was developed by AOT for DoD contracts here over
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