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  • AFRL, university partners make a push in printable composites

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory hosts a diverse group of professors and students from across the country each year.In 2018 AFRL’s Composites Branch combined forces with the University of Arkansas, the University of Miami, Louisiana Tech University and the University of Texas at El Paso to demonstrate
  • Inaugural Air Force Pitch Day: New contracts, new partners

    More than 20 Hanscom personnel reviewed documents leading up to pitch day, with two smaller teams traveling to the event March 6-7 to award final contracts. By the end, 38 companies received on-the-spot agreements to solve specific problems facing Program Executive Offices Digital and Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks. Two thirds of Pitch Day’s prompts originated in Hanscom PEOs.
  • Innovative solution reduces cost of runway repair

    After years of heating up in the summer and freezing in the winter, the North Base runway developed severe cracking and was closed in October 2016. Traditional repair methods such as sealing the cracks would only last a few months and full replacement would have cost $20 million. The 412th Civil Engineer Group, 412th Operations Support Squadron,
  • Innovation success: Reusable containers save thousands

    At the Joshua Tree Dining Facility, Styrofoam containers have been the container of choice for grabbing a meal on the go.Recently, the cost for these containers was set to increase from $8,000 per month to $24,000 per month as a result of an increase in price and usage. In the long run, these costs would be unsustainable and usage of these
  • New AFRL podcast goes behind the scenes

    From supersonic flight to GPS and space food, big developments come out of the Air Force Research Laboratory. The “Lab Life” podcast provides listeners insight into the fascinating work and lives of the people who lead the discovery, development and delivery of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces
  • Innovation Rodeo moves ideas closer to reality

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Three innovative ideas that support worldwide warfighter success are one step closer to reality today thanks to the first Air Force Innovation Rodeo, $650,000 in total seed money, and a partnership with AFWERX and tech accelerator companies.During the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Innovation Rodeo, similar
  • Air Force invites 59 small businesses, start-ups to Air Force Pitch Day

    The Air Force is inviting 59 small businesses and start-ups to pitch live at the first Air Force Pitch Day hosted in New York March 6 and 7.
  • ‘Spark Tank’ competition ignites innovative ideas

    Tinker Air Force Base’s Spark Tank Competition on Feb. 1 at the Tinker Club featured four individuals or groups, known as “sparkers,” who vied for $110,000 in 72nd Air Base Wing Innovation Funds for the best idea to help the Air Force become more innovative as it addresses its mission to “Fly, Fight and Win.”
  • Air Force Pitch Day leans on Hanscom

    On March 6, C3I&N, Digital and ISR/SOF experts will evaluate in-person pitches. Up to $9.5 million in Phase I contracts may be awarded in small chunks, and the event could eventually generate up to $40 million in contracts.
  • AFWERX, Techstars announce 10 companies to participate in tech accelerator

    The 10 companies the Air Force and Techstars selected to participate in an in-residence technology accelerator program during the AFWERX 2019 Techstars Autonomous Technology Accelerator in Boston last month began the program Feb. 18.
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