The Latest News from AFRL New Mexico
From launching satellites equipped with the latest technology, to unveiling a new cutting-edge innovation, there’s always something going on at AFRL New Mexico.
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.
The AFRL Directed Energy Directorate in New Mexico recently signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Advanced Optical Technologies, Inc. that allows AOT the use of advanced Air Force instrumentation at AOT's new facility in the Sandia Science & Technology Park.
Senator Martin Heinrich visited AFRL on December 20th to tour and highlight some of the funding from the National Defense Authorization Act that he helped secure.
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.
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.
KAFB Nucleus editor
To inspire current and future Air Force Research Laboratory scientists and engineers, a Kirtland Air Force Base researcher recently told his story of taking his own technology into combat.
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.