Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) - Directed Energy Directorate


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3550 Aberdeen Avenue S.E.
Kirtland AFB, NM 87117
United States

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The Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate develops high energy lasers, high power microwaves, and other directed energy technologies for the United States Air Force and the Department of Defense. The Directorate is also involved with advanced optics and imaging technologies to improve the nation's ability to precisely project these directed energies at the speed of light anywhere, at any time and with graduated intensity. A key organization on Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.., the Directorate has more than 800 people (including in-house contractors) and operates with an annual budget of more than $300 million. The Directed Energy Directorate is one of 10 similarly sized subordinate units that comprise Air Force Research Laboratory, the Department of Defense's largest laboratory, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. With approximately 6,000 military and civilian employees at nine bases throughout the United States, Air Force Research Laboratory is responsible for research and technology development in support of the Air Force's future and existing aerospace and space weapons systems.


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Adaptive vibro-acoustic attentuator for launch vehicles
Bubble cloud acoustic damping for launch vehicle fairing
HAN TEAN (xm-46) mixing gas generator propellant tank pressurizer for launch vehicles and spacecraft
High-energy laser atmospheric compensation and aimpoint maintenance
Method for fabricating grid-stiffened composite structures
Method for fabricating rib-stiffened composite structures
Method of making composite chambercore sandwich-type structure with inherent acoustic attenuation
Micro-pulsed plasma thruster having coaxial cable segment propellant modules
Modular transport container for satellites
Solar sail for power generation



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