AFMC Command News

  • AFRL holds collaborative Space Domain Awareness event

    KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFRL) - The Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles and Directed Energy Directorates hosted the 9th Annual Space Domain Awareness Leadership Workshop at Kirtland AFB, January 25 – 27. More than 100 senior leaders from across the Department of Defense and

  • AFRL senior scientist selected as 2022 AIAA Fellow

    Air Force Research Laboratory senior scientist, Dr. Lawrence “Robbie” Robertson III, was recently recognized as a 2022 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow.

  • AFRL, Northrop Grumman demonstrate solar to radio frequency conversion

    KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFRL) – The  Air Force Research Laboratory’s and Northrop Grumman’s Space Solar Power Incremental Demonstrations and Research (SSPIDR) Project have successfully conducted the first end-to-end demonstration of key hardware for the Arachne flight experiment. A ground

  • AFRL engineer receives sought-after Fellow recognitions

    KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFRL) - An Air Force Research Laboratory principal aerospace engineer was recently bestowed two prestigious honors within days of each other, in his selection as a Fellow of both the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology

  • AFRL celebrates launch of small-sat Ascent to GEO space

    KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFRL) - The Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate small satellite named Ascent was launched Dec. 7 from Cape Canaveral, Florida as part of the U.S. Space Force’s Space Test Program-3 mission, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. Ascent

  • AFRL opens state-of-the-art digital Space Legacy Portal exhibit

    KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, NEW MEXICO (AFRL) - With a video of the historic 1969 Apollo 11 launch shown on the nearly two-story screen behind him, Dr. Darren Raspa, the Air Force Research Laboratory Phillips Research Site historian, welcomed guests and colleagues to the grand opening of the AFRL Space

  • AFRL presents results from DSX spacecraft experiments

    KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFRL) – Fifty scientists from Department of Defense laboratories, industry and research universities met virtually September 22 – 23, to discuss the initial findings from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) spacecraft that

  • AFRL offers university satellite program

     KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFRL) – The Air Force Research Laboratory’s University Nanosatellite Program (UNP) request for proposals (RFP) will be open until October 1. UNP funds U.S. university students and programs to design, build, launch, and operate small satellites with the primary goal to

  • AFRL conducts 1,300 experiments on record-breaking satellite

    KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N. M. (AFRL) – The Air Force Research Laboratory is celebrating the completion of the Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) satellite mission, and processing a treasure trove of valuable data that will be studied by scientists for many years to come. The spacecraft was

  • AFRL’s DSX spacecraft ends orbit with a team celebration

    After 706 days of successful on-orbit operations, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) spacecraft completed its end of life May 31, exceeding the originally planned mission by nearly a year.

  • AFRL engineer graduates from first-ever Space Test course

    KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFRL) – Air Force Research Laboratory astronautical engineer is among the graduates of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School’s inaugural Space Test Fundamentals course.Evelyn Kent was one of two civilians selected to attend the new program for space professionals, which

  • AFRL breaks ground on state of the art space environment laboratory

    KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFRL) – The Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate broke ground on a new facility named the Skywave Technology Laboratory March 16. The 3,500 square foot, $3.5 million lab will be located in a remote area on Kirtland Air Force Base. “The Skywave Lab

  • AFRL New Mexico units identified to transfer to U.S. Space Force

    The Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland AFB recently received news that some of their missions will transfer to the U.S. Space Force (USSF). AFRL units readying for transfer include most of the Space Vehicles Directorate missions and the Directed Energy Directorate’s Electro-Optics Division.