The technologies of tomorrow will exist because of the “basic research” of today.
Basic research is the foundation of all scientific and engineering discovery and progress. It is what leads to new inventions and concepts—many of which are revolutionary. And the great thing about basic research is the mystery of it: while basic research investigators may start off trying to prove a particular theory, many times they end up going off in an entirely new direction, or their results are ultimately employed in a dramatically different way than they initially envisioned.
Falcon Neuro is an experiment flying on the International Space Station (ISS) designed and built by cadets and faculty at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA).Read More ›
The BOLT II flight experiment launched in March 2022 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.Read More ›
Space University Research Initiative
The Space University Research Initiative (SURI) program is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Chief Technologist Office and encourages participation between academia, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) space focused technology directorates, and industry. One of AFOSR’s top priorities is to bolster Space Force […]Read More ›
OMNISSA – CAMERA FOR SPACE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
What is Space Situational Awareness? Space SituationalAwareness (SSA) is the all-encompassing term for the study, monitoring and mitigation of the Earth’s orbital environment, typically related to satellites. Space and space assets directly affect all critical parts of day-to-day military operations including those involving command & control, communications, intelligence & surveillance, weather forecasting and geolocation. As […]Read More ›
Origami Design for Engineering Innovation
Researchers are developing origami antennas deployable in space….all thanks to basic research!Read More ›