AFRL engineer develops satellite technology

By Jeanne Dailey

A little girl’s curiosity has carried her into a career working on satellite technology as an adult.

Space systems engineer Millay Petersen has worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory on Kirtland Air Force Base for the past 12 years, supporting both the Space Vehicles and Directed Energy Directorates.

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Albuquerque Journal--Air Force lab at forefront of microwave, laser defense efforts

By Kevin Robinson-Avila / Journal Staff Writer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque has packed one hell of a punch into some of the most-advanced microwave defense systems on the planet.

The lab, at Kirtland Air Force Base, has managed to jam a full gigawatt of concentrated electromagnetic power into a an armored truck. That’s about one billion times the power of an average home microwave oven, allowing the vehicle, dubbed the MaxPower System, to instantly destroy improvised explosive devices as it cruises through battle zones.

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AFRL, UNM collaborate to mentor undergrads

By Jeanne Dailey

The Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base and the University of New Mexico have established a successful UNM+AFRL Mentoring program that promises benefits to the community and the nation.

The program matches UNM undergraduate students with AFRL scientists and engineers, military or civilian, to provide personal and professional mentorship.

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AFRL participates in Big Brothers Big Sisters Discovery Festival

AFRL took part in the 2nd annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Discovery Festival on November 18-19. The two-day festival is aimed at getting kids excited about STEM studies and exposing them to different STEM careers.

AFRL's booth focused on its work with GPS satellites. Kids who stopped by got to try and launch their own satellite from AFRL's mission control. They also got to practice the science behind GPS by doing their own trilateration measurements. 

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AFRL scientist completes TECH Warrior course

By Jeanne Dailey

Air Force Research Laboratory scientist Oscar Martinez became a scientist because he had always been fascinated with figuring out how things work.

“Eventually it dawned on me that I didn’t have to limit my curiosities to museums, media or just tinkering around, but that I could actually do this sort of stuff for a living — mind blowing!” he said.

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AFRL NM researchers receive top honors

By Jeanne Dailey 

Two Kirtland Air Force Base researchers had a place among those honored when Air Force Research Laboratory Commander Maj. Gen. Robert McMurry recently announced the 2016 AFRL Fellows and the newest class of AFRL Science and Engineering Early Career award recipients.

AFRL-wide, six researchers were welcomed as AFRL Fellows and four as S&E Early Career awardees.

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