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Air Force Research Satellite Conducts VLF Transmission in Space

AFRL DSX spacecraft

The Demonstration and Science Experiments satellite of the Air Force Research Laboratory performed the first space-to-space very low frequency transmission within three months of its launch during a coordinated experiment with the Japanese Space Agency’s Arase spacecraft. The DSX satellite launched in June 2019 to study the interactions of space plasma, radiation belts and radio waves in near-Earth space.

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Kratos to Continue Support for Air Force’s Attritable Aircraft Program

Kratos

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions has secured a $17.8M contract modification from the U.S. Air Force to continue helping its research laboratory arm develop low-cost, attritable unmanned aircraft systems that are reusable with minimal maintenance. Kratos said Monday it will support various efforts, including the company's own XQ-58A Valkyrie, to develop low-cost attritable aircraft technology.

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Parsons Wins Air Force Software Dev’t Task Order; Hector Cuevas Quoted

Hector Cuevas EVP Parsons

Parsons has won a potential $20 million task order to help the Air Force Research Laboratory develop software. “We’re excited to continue partnering with the AFRL on discovering, developing and delivering innovative warfighting technologies that empower operations across the all-domain battlespace,” said Hector Cuevas, executive vice president and general manager of Parsons' missile defense and C5ISR market.

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Air Force Test-Flies Kratos-Made Attritable Unmanned Aircraft

XQ-58A Valkyrie Photo from USAF

The U.S. Air Force and Kratos Defense and Security Solutions demonstrated the flight of an attritable XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned aircraft system designed to require fewer maintenance costs compared to other models. The fifth demonstration of the Kratos-made aircraft took place at Arizona-based Yuma Proving Ground on Dec. 9 with Air Force Research Laboratory under the attritableONE program, Robins Air Force Base said Tuesday.

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Aptima-Owned Small Business to Refine Air Force Crew Safety Monitoring Tech

Aptima

An Ohio-based startup company of Aptima will further develop technology the Air Force Research Laboratory designed to monitor the safety of aircraft maintainers who work in tight spaces. AFRL said Friday its 711th Human Performance Wing transitioned the Confined Space Monitoring System prototype to Sentinel Operational Security for final development, demonstration and potential commercialization under the Small Business Innovation Research program.

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AFRL Plans High-Power Microwave Test Contract Award to Raytheon Technologies

Raytheon Technologies

The Air Force Research Laboratory has indicated its intent to award Raytheon Technologies a sole-source contract to demonstrate a weapon system for defending military facilities against drone threats. The company would demonstrate a prototype of the Counter Electronic Highpower Microwave Extended Air Base Air Defense system, AFRL said Thursday in a notice of contract action.

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PAR Subsidiary Wins Air Force Tech R&D Contract

PAR Government

A PAR Technology subsidiary has won a potential five-year, $12M contract to help the Air Force Research Laboratory develop technologies and an operational concept. PAR Government Services will use AFRL's Integrated Information Management System Cyber Technology Maturation Framework Form, Fit, and Function framework in R&D, assembly, integration, analysis and testing efforts, the Department of Defense said Monday.

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