Government

Whether you’re an Airman with a great idea or a government agency that needs access to our world-class research facilities, you can partner with the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Explore the many ways to work with AFRL through grants, contracts, agreements and partnership opportunities

PARTNER SUCCESSES

  • Airmen

  • NASA

  • U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Greg Rothrock, Coast Guard Research and Development Center commanding officer, and Air Force Maj. General William Cooley, Air Force Research Laboratory commander, shake hands April 12, 2018, on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, after they signed a memorandum of understand between their two organizations. The agreement allows USCG RDC and AFRL to work together on tasks of mutual benefit. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

    Coast Guard

  • A C-5 M Super Galaxy on the ramp at Travis AFB, Calif., July 28, 2015. As the Air Force’s largest and only strategic airlifter, the C-5M Super Galaxy can carry more cargo farther distances than any other aircraft. This C-5M Super Galaxy is an upgraded version with new engines and modernized avionics designed to extend its service life beyond 2040. (U.S. Air Force Photograph by Heide Couch/Released)

    C-5 Crew Members

  • B-52 Depot Maintainers

  • AFWERX

  • NASA

  • NASA

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Airmen

Teams from Air Force Materiel Command bases around the country came together to answer the Air Force Research Laboratory Commander’s Challenge-precision, austere resupply. Move 50 pounds of supplies 30 miles and deliver them to a 20 X 20 foot drop zone.

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NASA

AFRL is home to the Defense Department’s only human-rated centrifuge. Through the use of interchangable cockpits, the AFRL-NASA team of engineers worked to transformed the centrifuge, more commonly used for fast-jet pilot training, into a system for astronaut testing. This October, 10 astronauts walked through the doors to undergo two days of centrifuge testing.

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U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Greg Rothrock, Coast Guard Research and Development Center commanding officer, and Air Force Maj. General William Cooley, Air Force Research Laboratory commander, shake hands April 12, 2018, on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, after they signed a memorandum of understand between their two organizations. The agreement allows USCG RDC and AFRL to work together on tasks of mutual benefit. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Coast Guard

Leaders of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Coast Guard Research and Development Center signed a memorandum of understanding, authorizing cooperation in research dealing with unmanned systems and modeling and simulations, along with other research focus areas, it is broad enough to include any other area of mutual interest.

We get the opportunity to collaborate with a world-class, m…

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A C-5 M Super Galaxy on the ramp at Travis AFB, Calif., July 28, 2015. As the Air Force’s largest and only strategic airlifter, the C-5M Super Galaxy can carry more cargo farther distances than any other aircraft. This C-5M Super Galaxy is an upgraded version with new engines and modernized avionics designed to extend its service life beyond 2040. (U.S. Air Force Photograph by Heide Couch/Released)

C-5 Crew Members

An aircraft seat may seem inconsequential, but when a simple seat can enhance the safety and well-being of a flight crew, it can be a very big deal. Researchers from the AFRL are leading a design and prototyping effort to ensure C-5M Super Galaxy flight crew members are able to execute a mission-essential task safely and comfortably. And it all centers on a seat.

Often, during C-5 aircraft flig…

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B-52 Depot Maintainers

A cooperative research effort between the Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and the Air Force Sustainment Center has led to the development of a next-generation electrical systems tester that will support B-52 depot maintenance and increase flight safety.

The B-52 program couldn’t find people willing to help them because the previous EST was so antiquated, …

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AFWERX

Nine teams of scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory joined other top innovators and creative minds from around the country at the AFWERX Fusion Xperience in Las Vegas, Nevada to highlight technology ideas designed to identify innovative solutions to enhance Air Force areas of focus. Participants were selected as part of the AFWERX Fusion Challenge to enhance security of fixed, temporary and mobile assets.

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NASA

AFRL researchers are doing their part to make the next Mars rover mission an astronomical success.

At the request of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and project partners, AFRL recently concluded a series of tests in the Particle Erosion Test Facility, located in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s Coatings, Corrosion, and Erosion Laboratory. For this effort, AFRL experts evaluated the effects of dust, particulates, and small rocks on the protective surface coatings of the Mars 2020 rover vehicle.

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NASA

At the request of NASA, AFRL rapid-response Systems Support researchers delved into the realm of space to help determine the effects of unintended electrical arcing on astronaut space suits during extravehicular maintenance.

NASA researchers came to the AFRL team with a simple question. How does an electrical arc behave in a vacuum? Although this may seem like a fairly simple question, it was a concept that had not been explored fully before.