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  • AFRL holds directed energy/kinetic energy wargaming experiment

    KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFRL) - The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate hosted a collaborative wargame with its sister AFRL unit, the Munitions Directorate, at Kirtland AFB, Jan. 24-28, 2022. The Directed Energy and Kinetic Energy Directed Energy Utility Concept

  • AFRL detects moon around asteroid with smallest telescope yet

    KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFRL) - On November 29, 2021, an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Starfire Optical Range (SOR)* telescope on Kirtland Air Force Base near Albuquerque, New Mexico, recorded an image of asteroid (22) Kalliope, and its natural satellite Linus. A confirming image was

  • AFRL celebrates successful rocket launch at STEM Academy

    KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFRL) – “Five…four…three…two...one…launch,” the Range Safety Officer called out. The Launch Control Officer pushed the red button, and the rocket took off, whoosh! about 1,000 feet in the air.On a beautiful sunny fall day, 184 New Mexico middle school students from

  • AFRL Awards Record-breaking $1B Contract to Space Dynamics Laboratory

    The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded its largest-ever contract for space-related technology development and mission support.The contract, worth up to $1B, was awarded to Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory (USU/SDL) a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) to ensure

  • AFRL’s THOR hammers drones in new video animation

    The Air Force Research Laboratory has created a new video animation that realistically depicts THOR (Tactical High-power Operational Responder) destroying swarms of enemy drones in a base defense scenario.

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

    THOR is a prototype directed energy weapon used to disable the electronics in drones, and specifically engineered to counter multiple targets – such as a drone swarm – with rapid results. The technology is housed in a 20-foot-long shipping container that can be stowed in a military cargo plane and