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Tag: Air Force Research Laboratory

XQ-58A Valkyrie to perform maiden flight this autumn
The XQ-58A Valkyrie embodies the AFRL’s concept of a “Loyal Wingman”, a low-cost, unmanned aircraft that could expand the combat capacity of a dwindling fleet of manned fighters and bombers without busting the service’s budget On Jul. 10, 2018 head of U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Maj. Gen. William Cooley, disclosed at an Air Force Association event that the...
USAF says laser weapon integration on KC-135 is “still in the infancy stage”
“The next phase: Does that make sense, does it make sense to put a pod on there, or do you want to go complete and do a system integration of a laser itself?,” Tom Lockhart, director of U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Office Tom Lockhart, the director of U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Strategic Development...
F-35 to incorporate auto-GCAS five-years earlier than originally planned
"Over the service life of the F-35 fleet, having Auto-GCAS is estimated to prevent more than 26 ground collisions from happening,” Vice Adm. Mat Winter, F-35 Program Executive Officer According Lockheed Martin, the F-35 enterprise recently approved a strategy to accelerate the implementation of Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS) five-years earlier than originally planned. Auto-GCAS is designed to prevent controlled...
AFRL integrates AgilePod on Scorpion light attack aircraft
The test focused only on demonstrating the speed of integrating the AgilePod on the Scorpion with short notice. Airworthiness, ground integration and communication tests need to occur before it can be tested in flight The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) AgilePod multi-sensor reconfigurable pod was recently integrated on Textron Aviation Defense’s Scorpion light attack ISR aircraft. The Lego-like prototype pod...
A complex multi-axis robotic system with a long carbon fiber arm to reach deep into the F-22 Raptor engine inlet ducts has been developed by Aerobotix U.S. Air Force (USAF) Small Business Innovation Research program developed robotic technology that will soon make the process of restoring specialized coatings on F-22 Raptor engine inlets more efficient for aircraft maintenance personnel during...

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