QC Ware Announces Q2B 2021: Practical Quantum Computing, Dec. 7-9

QC Ware announced its fifth annual Q2B Practical Quantum Computing conference to be held exclusively in-person at the Santa Clara Convention Center on December 7-9, 2021. Q2B is the world’s largest gathering of the quantum computing community, focusing solely on quantum computing applications and driving the discourse on quantum advantage and commercialization. Read more about QC Ware Announces Q2B 2021: Practical Quantum Computing, Dec. 7-9

RaiderWerx innovation cell opens on Ellsworth AFB

The U.S. Air Force has always been on the cutting edge of technological innovation, and now Ellsworth Air Force base is looking to expand on that forward-thinking attitude. Ellsworth Air Force Base opened a new part of their campus Friday dedicated to promoting innovative thinking among its airmen. The RaiderWerx cell provides tools like computers, 3-D printers, and even a podcast studio to... Read more about RaiderWerx innovation cell opens on Ellsworth AFB

U.S. Space Force Looking Into On-Orbit Debris Removal and Satellite Refueling/Repair

The U.S. Space Force’s (USSF) SPACEWERX innovation arm is seeking the help of small businesses and academia that have demonstrated commercial solutions applicable to on-orbit debris removal and satellite repair. Read more about U.S. Space Force Looking Into On-Orbit Debris Removal and Satellite Refueling/Repair

AFRL uses expedited acquisition process in latest spacecraft contract award

The Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate awarded an $8.4 million contract to Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc. to support the directorate’s Precise flight experiment projected for launch in 2024. Read more about AFRL uses expedited acquisition process in latest spacecraft contract award

SpaceWERX releases Orbital Prime Phase 1 solicitation

The Air Force Research Laboratory and SpaceWERX issued a solicitation today for the first phase of Orbital Prime, an effort to leverage and invest in available commercial on-orbit servicing technology for possible future military use. SpaceWERX announced Orbital Prime earlier this month. The effort includes three technology tracks: on-orbit object approach, acquisition and docking and object... Read more about SpaceWERX releases Orbital Prime Phase 1 solicitation

AFOSR Awards Grants to 36 Scientists and Engineers through its Young Investigator Research Program

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) today announced it will award approximately $16.2 million in grants to 36 scientists and engineers from 30 research institutions and businesses who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP). The YIP is open to United States citizens and/or permanent residents’ who are... Read more about AFOSR Awards Grants to 36 Scientists and Engineers through its Young Investigator Research Program

NASA, Space Force see growing opportunities to use commercial space services

Chief NASA economist Alex MacDonald: 'We found the commercial capabilities are able to move at speeds, while the government programs maybe not always can' WASHINGTON — NASA’s chief economist Alexander MacDonald said aggressive competition for space agency contracts is “one of the most exciting things that we’re seeing.” Speaking Nov. 2 on a TechCrunch online panel discussion, MacDonald said... Read more about NASA, Space Force see growing opportunities to use commercial space services

A new way for the Air Force to make sure good ideas don’t get lost in the clouds

Einstein once said, “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there’s no hope for it.” Well, the Air Force Research Laboratory seems to be taking that to heart. Air Force technology officials want to make sure that if they hear a good idea to solve a challenge, they’ll be able to bring that idea to fruition. Through the Lab’s Air and Space Forces Science & Technology Front Door Project officials... Read more about A new way for the Air Force to make sure good ideas don’t get lost in the clouds

Air Force Invents Flapping Wing Micro Aircraft Based On Bird Biomechanics

Researchers at the US Air Force Research Lab have invented a flapping-wing micro aircraft vehicle – or MAV – based on the biomechanical movement of flying birds and insects. It is intended to be used for open surveillance, swarm operations, and situational awareness on the battlefield. Read more about Air Force Invents Flapping Wing Micro Aircraft Based On Bird Biomechanics

DoD Public-Private Partnerships Focus on Manufacturing Innovations to Fight COVID-19 and Build the Industrial Base

Department of Defense (DoD) Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MIIs) — public-private partnerships established by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology (OSD ManTech) Program, under the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) — convene critical, groundbreaking work that helps in the fight against COVID-19 and builds and... Read more about DoD Public-Private Partnerships Focus on Manufacturing Innovations to Fight COVID-19 and Build the Industrial Base