• AFRL completes series of 1 Newton ASCENT monopropellant thruster testing

    The Chemical Propulsion Flight Programs Group at the Air Force Research Laboratory has successfully completed the Advanced Spacecraft Energetic Non-toxic Propellant (ASCENT) monopropellant 1 Newton (1N) thruster testing in the Chemical in-Space Thruster Test and Research Site test facility.

  • Reserve Airman makes history with first USAF-piloted eVTOL vehicle flight

    Just south of his home in Brooklyn, New York, a young Terrence McKenna spent much of his childhood in Prospect Park tossing around wooden gliders and flying remote-controlled airplanes, each aircraft more complex and capable than the last.By the early 2000s, McKenna came across an ad for flying

  • ET-CTF completes new test bed flight tests

    The Emerging Technology Combined Test Force successfully completed flight tests on its newest autonomous aircraft test bed last month at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The flight tests are in support of the Skyborg project with the goal to ultimately provide an autonomous software testing

  • TACE lays down foundation for future UAV test safety

    The 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force conducted an autonomous test flight at Edwards Air Force Base, California, July 25. The flight’s mission was to test a software suite designed to make unmanned aerial vehicle flight safer.

  • Green Propellant Infusion Mission to test AFRL-developed green propellant

    NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, along with co-investigators, including the Air Force Research Laboratory, Ball Aerospace, SpaceX, the Space and Missile Systems Center, and Aerojet, are scheduled to launch Ball’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) spacecraft, enabling the first

  • Skyborg program seeks industry input for artificial intelligence initiative

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force office of Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation at the Air Force Research Laboratory is working on fielding a prototype Autonomous, Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle as an Early Operational Capability as early as 2023.The program is known