U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

By Brian Everstine
There are individual hybrid satcom terminal programs underway across each of the services.
Space Symposium

By Steve Trimble
About three years before its first scheduled fielding, the U.S. Air Force’s Collaborative Combat Aircraft fleet has a new group of F-16-based testbed aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Steve Trimble
Umbra Space is the latest commercial space company to show that bistatic coupling of two radar satellites could be used to implement moving target indication.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

By Guy Norris
Hypersonic aircraft developer Hermeus has unveiled its first flying test vehicle—Quarterhorse Mk. 1—at its Atlanta facility.
Missile Defense & Weapons

By Graham Warwick
Our roundup of the main aerospace and defense stories making the news this week.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Brian Everstine
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced Feb. 29 that its XA-67A Off-Board Sensing Station (OBSS) flew for the first time the day before.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Brian Everstine
The service will select two companies to begin building CCAs, though with a cost-sharing agreement to bring along a third.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Guy Norris
The U.S. AFRL has decided to wind down its ambitious air-breathing hypersonic Mayhem development program, citing insufficient operational demand.
Missile Defense & Weapons

By Steve Trimble
The San Diego-based UAS, propulsion and sensor company decided not to offer a bid for a high-profile UAS program as a prime contractor.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Brian Everstine
The service, blocked from starting new acquisition programs, used a long-standing autonomy demonstration effort to begin CCA work.
Budget, Policy & Operations

By Steve Trimble
A new contract awarded to Raytheon aims to expand the application and understanding of high-power microwave weapons beyond capabilities now entering service.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

By Brian Everstine
New office outlines plans for future servicing, mobility and logistics.
Space

By Guy Norris
The startup details the Quarterhorse flight-test plan as concept design work accelerates for the follow-on Darkhorse hypersonic cruiser.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Steve Trimble, Guy Norris
As the first U.S. hypersonic weapons enter service, defense officials are searching for new ideas for high-speed propulsion and to dramatically reduce prices.
Missile Defense & Weapons

By Steve Trimble
General Electric has released new details of a plan to achieve reusable, air-breathing propulsion at hypersonic speeds by 2025.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Guy Norris
Startup propulsion company Ursa Major has begun assembly of the first Draper engine for a new-generation, air-launched hypersonic target vehicle.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Aviation Week Staff
The power-on milestone for the CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL prototype is “imminent,” Airbus announced on Nov. 26.
Advanced Air Mobility

By Guy Norris
Hypersonic test company Stratolaunch completed the first taxi test of the Roc carrier aircraft and rocket-configured Talon TA-1 vehicle.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Steve Trimble
The award by the innovation arm of the Air Force Research Laboratory supports testing of the Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System and a hydrogen fuel cell.
Multi-Mission Aircraft

By Garrett Reim
The spacecraft is the Pentagon’s first experimental navigation satellite in nearly 50 years.
Space

By Graham Warwick
Over 50 years, GPS has evolved and inspired the development of similar systems by other nations.
Space

By Garrett Reim
Lockheed Martin sees NEP systems as a crucial stepping stone for efficient spacecraft maneuvers in cislunar and deep space.
Space

By Jen DiMascio
The AFRL is leading its first cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) between the U.S. Space Force and companies outside the U.S.
Space

By Steve Trimble
After focusing exclusively on eVTOL aircraft, the U.S. Air Force's Agility Prime program is expanding to fixed-wing types with the planned lease of a Pipistrel electric sport aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Garrett Reim
Laboratory invites startups to test munitions algorithms in simulations.
Missile Defense & Weapons