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AFRL’s Aero-Effects Laboratory

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AFRL Aero-Effects Laboratory researchers

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The Aero-Effects Laboratory utilizes a brand-new supersonic wind tunnel to study the effects of aerodynamic disturbances in the supersonic environment. The facility has a unique capability to develop and implement cutting edge optical and fluid dynamic flow diagnostic equipment in pursuit of fully understanding the supersonic flow environment. The facility also hosts a water table flow visualization tool, coupling rapid prototyping and aerodynamic flow visualization to accelerate the design and development of novel aero-effects mitigation technologies.

Located at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., the Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate is the Air Force's center of expertise for directed energy and optical technologies. The Directed Energy Directorate develops and transitions technologies in four core technical competencies: lasers systems, high power electromagnetics, weapons modeling and simulation, and directed energy and electro-optics for space superiority.

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