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  • She’s proud to serve and says to women – “Be Strong”

    “I wanted to do something noble with my life,” 1st Lt. Kyra Schmidt began when talking about her reason for joining the military. The U.S. Air Force Academy graduate is a developmental engineer assigned to the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate located on Kirtland Air Force

  • AFRL Space Vehicles, Directed Energy Directorate personnel honored

    The Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles and Directed Energy Directorates honored the outstanding achievements of 70 Air Force and Space Force individuals and teams during their 2020 Phillips Research Site Annual Awards.  The virtual ceremony was held February 24. It illustrated how

  • AFRL’s SHiELD set to receive critical assembly

    The Air Force Research Laboratory Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator, or SHiELD, Advanced Technology Demonstration Program is scheduled to receive the first major assembly of its three main subsystems later this month, with the remaining two subsystems set to be delivered later this year.

  • Army partners with Air Force’s THOR for base defense

    In an effort to counter the increasing threat posed by enemy drones and other airborne threats, the U.S. Army is making an investment in Directed Energy prototype technology, with the Tactical High Power Operational Responder, or THOR, system, developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s

  • AFRL officers transfer to U.S. Space Force in historic ceremony

    Joining more than 2,400 Airmen across the nation, 13 Air Force Research Laboratory officers took the oath of office Feb. 1, transferring from the U.S. Air Force to the U.S. Space Force, in an induction ceremony held at Kirtland Air Force Base. Col. Eric Felt, director of the AFRL Space Vehicles

  • AFRL STEM Academy continues hands-on learning during pandemic

    The Air Force Research Laboratory’s STEM outreach program STEM Academy has started off the new year by distributing learning packets for homeschooled students around the Albuquerque community. Since the beginning of the pandemic, STEM Academy has taken a novel approach to online learning. They have

  • NASA astronaut returns to Kirtland in new role

    Renowned NASA astronaut and Space Force Director of Test and Evaluation, Col. Nick Hague recently visited Kirtland Air Force Base space agencies including the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC).