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Hanna Timberlake, test engineer at Hanscom’s Space Fence program office, demonstrates a shotgun shell loaded with expanding strings potentially capable of taking down a small unmanned aerial vehicle at the Hanscom Innovation Event April 27, 2017. Timberlake and a team of six other engineers and program managers competed in the 2016 Air Force Research Laboratory’s Commander’s Challenge to build a developmental system capable of defending against small UAVs, with a six month deadline and $50,000 to invest.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Newell) Young Commander’s Challenge team develops multi-layered drone defense
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Junior engineers and program managers here designed a developmental layered base defense system capable of warding off or destroying suspicious unmanned aerial vehicles as part of the Air Force Research Laboratory 2016 Commander’s Challenge.A team of six Hanscom Airmen and one team member from AFRL, Rome, New York,
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Dr. Adam Pilchak, materials research engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, loads a piece of a fractured titanium disk into a scanning electron microscope. By looking at the microscopic features on the fracture surface, researchers are able to determine how the crack initiated and spreads through the component to cause the failure. (Air Force photo/Michele Eaton) AF lab investigating microscopic crack formation in aircraft
The B-52 is one of the oldest legacy aircraft in the Air Force. Since the 1950s, this aircraft has led the force in its dominance as the world’s best. However, just as humans begin to age, so do aircraft. Repeated loading and unloading, changes in air pressure, exposure to altitude and more, contribute to what is referred to as “metal fatigue,”
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