The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is a scientific research organization operated by the United States Air Force Materiel Command dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable aerospace warfighting technologies, planning and executing the Air Force science and technology program, and provide warfighting capabilities to United States air, space, and cyberspace forces.
It controls the entire Air Force science and technology research budget which was $2.4 billion in 2006.
The Laboratory was formed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio on 31 October 1997 as a consolidation of four Air Force laboratory facilities (Wright, Phillips, Rome, and Armstrong) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under a unified command. The Laboratory is composed of seven technical directorates, one wing, and the Office of Scientific Research. Each technical directorate emphasizes a particular area of research within the AFRL mission which it specializes in performing experiments in conjunction with universities and contractors.
Since the Laboratory’s formation in 1997, it has conducted numerous experiments and technical demonstrations in conjunction with NASA, Department of Energy National Laboratories, DARPA, and other research organizations within the Department of Defense. Notable projects include the X-37, X-40, X-53, HTV-3X, YAL-1A, Advanced Tactical Laser, and the Tactical Satellite Program.
The Laboratory may face problems in the future as 40 percent of its workers are slated to retire over the next two decades while since 1980 the United States has not produced enough science and engineering degrees to keep up with demand.
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) research articles from Innovation Toronto
- Hypersonic missiles could be operational in 2020s – February 27, 2016
- New nanomaterial maintains conductivity in three dimensions – September 5, 2015
- A thin ribbon of flexible electronics can monitor health, infrastructure – August 23, 2015
- Ballistic Transport in Graphene Suggests New Type of Electronic Device
- Snap to attention: Polymers that react and move to light
- Butterfly wings inspire new technologies: from fabrics and cosmetics to sensors
- Polymer Nanoreactors Create Uniform Nanocrystals
- Novel sensor provides bigger picture
- New nanotech fiber: Robust handling, shocking performance
- Carnegie Mellon, Concurrent Technologies To Develop Robotic Laser System That Strips Paint From Aircraft
- Printed Photonic Crystal Mirrors Shrink On-Chip Lasers Down to Size
- U.S. Air Force’s Plug-and-Play Satellites
- Self-Adapting Computer Network That Defends Itself Against Hackers?
- US draws up plans for nuclear drones
- Exotic Material Boosts Electromagnetism Safely