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  • Engineer’s side hustle could fly BAF data capture to new heights

    Aleksandr Yarovinskiy, an electronics engineer with the 772nd Test Squadron’s Benefield Anechoic Facility radio frequency measurement team, is building an unmanned aircraft system from scratch in his spare time. This drone will have the capability to position a radio receiver or emitter – or both – at virtually any point inside the BAF without first having to wait for hours while test teams reconfigure sections of the BAF by moving equipment and the radar absorbing material that’s an essential part of running successful tests there.
  • Oct. 15 deadline approaching to submit innovation ideas for AETC Spark Tank 2022

    All AETC Airmen are encouraged to submit ideas they believe will significantly impact Air Force missions within 6-24 months using the Guardian and Airmen Innovation Network.  It is critical to enter submissions as early as possible so AETC innovation experts can assist with your pitch video and prepare you for the competition.  The campaign runs until Oct. 15, 2021.
  • Innovation in the Operating Room

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Nick Lents, a 673d Surgical Operations Squadron nurse, identified a problem with the bed design in operating rooms that could made it difficult to apply safety restraints. Working with the Artic Spark team, they developed a 3D-printed part that would help support the restraints in positions they normally could not be applied, allowing for increased safety and effectiveness in the operating room.
  • Airman brings industry experience to EITaaS mission

    A program manager here is using his recent Education with Industry experience to bring a new perspective and innovative skills to a critical Air Force mission.
  • Airman’s KC-135 solution scales from initial spark into action

    An empowered Airman’s innovation has made it past Initial Operational Capability and is en route to be fully scaled across the Air Force’s fleet of KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.
  • First Guardians from AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate inducted into Space Force

    Two Air Force Research Laboratory Company Grade Officers were recently inducted into the U.S. Space Force, the nation’s newest branch of the military. On July 23, Capts. Kenneth Ehrenberg and Cristian Hernández-Rivera became Guardians in the Space Force during a swearing-in ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
  • Utah ANG demonstrates multi-domain battlespace connectivity on KC-135

    The presentation showed how integrated technologies and joint connectivity can provide warfighters with the actionable data and increased situational awareness they need to make informed, split-second decisions in evolving threat conditions against cyber-sophisticated adversaries.
  • Innovation leads way as Team Mildenhall Airman becomes ‘Green Belt’ certified in CPI

    A Team Mildenhall aerospace ground equipment instructor received his Green Belt certification recently, putting him in in less than two percent of people in the Air Force reaching that level of training. Starting his continuous process improvement journey back in 2016 with Yellow Belt training, Tech. Sgt. Ross Kahle, now 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 19, AGE instructor, went on to complete Green Belt training in 2017 before working hard to complete his certification in 2021.
  • Innovation is the game, GPS III-5 is the name

    The launch of the DoD’s first refurbished booster paved the way for significant savings for taxpayers.
  • AFRL teams up with Wright Brothers Institute for summer internship program

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) – The “Summer of Innovation – Digital Drone” program,
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