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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Albuquerque Journal--AFRL lands major laser project for fighter jets

By Kevin Robinson-Avila / Journal Staff Writer

When laser-equipped fighter jets hit the skies in the 2020s, they’ll include a lot of “Made in New Mexico” technology.

The Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base is overseeing the government’s new fighter jet demonstration project known as SHiELD, or Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator. The program aims to place small-scale laser pod defense systems on older military aircraft, with the first system demonstration scheduled for 2021.

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AFRL Scholars Show Off Their Hard Work

By Bud Cordova
KAFB Nucleus

The Air Force Research Laboratory Scholars Program summer interns held a poster session for their research in various areas such as 3-D printing and plasma created by lasers on July 27.

“The poster session highlights their accomplishments and research throughout the summer,” said Eunsook Hwang, who is in charge of technology engagement for the AFRL Space Vehicles and Directed Energy directorates.

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AFRL Takes Part in KAFB Air Show Open House

AFRL recently took part in Kirtland Air Force Bases's Air Show Open House held to celebrate the base's 75th anniversary. This was the first time in many years that the public was invited onto the base to have a chance to learn more about its tenants, including AFRL. We had a great time talking with people from all over the state about what we do and our straw rocket demonstrations were a big hit with the kids. 

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Air Force Research Laboratory Chief Scientists Receive Presidential Award

ALBUQUERQUE-The two Chief Scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s New Mexico campus have been honored with the 2015 Presidential Rank Award. The awards, which were presented last week in Washington D.C., are given annually to a small number of senior federal government executives and professionals for extraordinary service, and are decided on by the President of the United States.

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AFRL Has A Blast at Inaugural Explora STEM Fiesta

AFRL New Mexico recently took part in the first Explora STEM Fiesta, which took place in Tiguex Park in Albuquerque's Old Town.

The event was free to the public and featured hands on activities designed to get kids interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and to learn more about the different locally based organizations that offer careers in STEM related fields. 

AFRL's booth featured straw rockets which were a big hit with the kids who got to design their own rockets and then try to hit targets of varying difficulties. 

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