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Air Force Research Laboratory’s THOR is a portable counter-UAS system, capable of destroying swarms of drones at speed-of-light, at long range, in its base defense mission. (AFRL graphic/courtesy)
An Air Force pararescue jump (PJ) expert evaluates how to load a simulated injured survivor or “Rescue Randy” into Kitty Hawk’s Heaviside vehicle as part of a personnel rescue scenario. The event demonstrated dual-use capability for civil and government applications. Credit: Kitty Hawk
The Skyborg autonomy core system launches aboard a Kratos UTAP-22 tactical unmanned vehicle at Tyndall AFB, Florida on April 29. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Air Force operators and engineers assess the BETA Technologies ALIA flight simulator. (Photo courtesy BETA Technologies)
The U.S. Air and Space Forces in collaboration with the security research community opened registration May 4 for the qualification round of the second annual Space Security Challenge: Hack-A-Sat satellite hacking challenge. This virtual competition enables security researchers of all levels to focus their skills and creativity on solving cyber security challenges of space systems and incentivizes innovation in securing these systems. (Courtesy graphic)
Elizabeth Miller, En Route Care Training Department Deputy Chair at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, speaks to Gen. David Allvin, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff in a C-17 trainer during his visit to AFRL's 711th Human Performance Wing Apr. 26, 2021 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Allvin was briefed on Ready Medics and Aeromedical Evacuation training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Richard Eldridge)

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