38th Space Symposium – 2023

38th Space Symposium – 2023

Start Date: Apr 17, 2023

End Date: Apr 20, 2023

The Air Force Research Laboratory will showcase space-related programs and technologies along with the Hack-a-Sat competition, ways to share ideas or capabilities with AFRL, and SpaceWERX, the U.S. Space Force affiliated arm of AFWERX during the 38th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 17-20, 2023.

AFRL supports both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force, seamlessly working high priority research areas across the lab, meeting operational needs and delivering warfighting technologies to Airmen and Guardians.


ABOUT AFRL

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace forces. With a workforce of 11,500+ across nine technology areas and 40 other operations worldwide, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development.

Within AFRL, scientists and engineers collaborate to execute crosscutting R&D. External collaboration including partnerships with industry, academia and other agencies is also an integral part of AFRL’s business model. In continuing with this integrated, cooperative approach, AFRL will seamlessly support the S&T needs of two services: the Air Force and the Space Force. Today’s global threats require multi-disciplinary solutions, and AFRL is committed to supporting the warfighter in every key domain.

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HACK-A-SAT

Designed to inspire the world’s top cybersecurity talent to develop the skills necessary to help reduce vulnerabilities and build more secure space systems. LEARN MORE

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NEUROMORPHIC CAMERA

FalconNeuro is an experiment flying on the international Space Station (ISS) designed and built by cadets and faculty at the Space Physics and Atmospheric Research Center at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). Falcon Neuro demonstrates for the first time the use of biologically-inspired event-based, or neuromorphic cameras, for use in space. USAFA, in collaboration with researchers from the International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems at Western Sydney University, are using biology-inspired neuromorphic technologies for both ground imaging and to better understand space and high atmospheric weather phenomena.

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NEUROMORPHIC INTELLIGENT COMPUTING SYSTEMS

AFRL is researching processing power to enable use of edge artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to give military operators analytical results, not raw data, in order to speed wartime decision making. Neuromorphic computing architectures are necessary to achieve advanced and new capabilities in pattern recognition, event reasoning, robust decision making, adaptive learning, and autonomous tasking for energy efficient agile Air Force platforms. LEARN MORE

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NAVIGATION TECHNOLOGY SATELLITE – 3 (NTS-3)

The U.S. Space Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS) constellation provides unprecedented position and timing accuracy to the warfighter. Since the inception of GPS, it has become a global utility with commercial use far outweighing military use. Air traffic control, banking, farming, and cellular networks all depend on uninterrupted GPS coverage. LEARN MORE

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ORACLE (Formerly named: Cislunar Highway Patrol System/CHPS)

Provides space situational awareness, object detection and tracking in the region of the Moon, supporting a resurgence of interest in lunar exploration and development across civil, commercial and international space agencies as part of a collaborative effort between the AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate and the Transformational Capabilities Office. LEARN MORE

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QUANTUM MICROSCOPE

Entangled photons provide a unique analytical tool to accomplish difficult sensing tasks supported by this quantum microscope. Using quantum states of light opens new avenues to enhance the performance and vision of the warfighter. This ultralow-light intensity quantum microscope with novel diagnostic capabilities can be used for sensing and recognition of microscopic structures, as well as for obtaining unique information on biological samples. This work is provided by researchers from University of Michigan, Texas A&M University and University of Queensland, and supported by the basic research effort at AFRL.

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SPACE SOLAR POWER INCREMENTAL DEMONSTRATIONS AND RESEARCH PROJECT (SSPIDR)

A collection of flight experiments designed to mature different critical technologies needed to build an operational solar power beaming system in space. LEARN MORE

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SPACE CAMP

The premier software factory for Space Force.

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TACTICALLY RESPONSIVE SPACE ACCESS (TRSA)

Maturing and demonstrating advanced rocket propulsion and space access technologies with commercial and gov’t partners to enable Tactically Responsive Space Access enabling USSF space access that is: 1) resilient and survivable, 2) rapid and responsive, 3) addresses tactically relevant timelines, and 4) a vibrant and stable small to medium launch market. Kiosk will include several models.

ROTATING DETONATING ROCKET ENGINE (RDRE)

Rotating detonation rocket engine technology has potential to increase rocket engine performance, resulting in a >100% increase in payload to low earth and sun-synchronous orbits for small, Tactically Responsive Space Access launch vehicles. Mitigation of combustion instability via detonative mode locking enables rapid design, development, and transition to the warfighter. LEARN MORE

AEROSPIKE ROCKET INTEGRATION AND SUBORBITAL EXPERIMENT (ARISE)

Rotating detonation rocket engine technology has potential to increase rocket engine performance, resulting in a >100% increase in payload to low earth and sun-synchronous orbits for small, Tactically Responsive Space Access launch vehicles. Mitigation of combustion instability via detonative mode locking enables rapid design, development, and transition to the warfighter. LEARN MORE

ADVANCED SPACECRAFT ENERGETIC NON-TOXIC (ASCENT)

ASCENT propellant, formerly known as AF-M315E, is an advanced monopropellant formulation developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Rocket Propulsion Division (RQR). ASCENT delivers a 50% increase in density specific impulse over the present state-of-the-art hydrazine monopropellant. In addition to its performance advantages, ASCENT decreases handling hazards compared to hydrazine. LEARN MORE

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HOW TO ENGAGE WITH AFRL

Today, more than ever, we are looking for ideas to keep us on the cutting-edge of new and innovative technologies. To make it easier for idea generators to CONNECT with our Air Force and Space Force science and technology experts and opportunities, we have created this website. Simply click on the lightbulb icon to submit an idea, or peruse our links to find open opportunities in our Science and Technology ecosystem. How do you find the right opportunity, event, or website – one that ticks all the boxes for you – by using our easy search and filter functions on each page. For more information, watch the above video and visit our About Us page. Share your idea and GET CONNECTED to the Air Force and Space Force!

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AFRL 2021 ANNUAL REPORT

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