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AFRL Investigating Space Weather Effects on Satellite Materials

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), in partnership with several universities, has investigated the effects of space weather damage to polyimides, materials used extensively in spacecraft construction due to their high heat resistance. The researchers determined the previously unknown chemical and physical effects of electron bombardment in Earth”s

Air Force Looking for Research on Bioeffects of Directed-Energy Applications

The Air Force Research Laboratory is calling for industry insight into the bioeffects of directed-energy applications, according to a Feb. 12 request for information published on Federal Business Opportunities. “The primary objective of the anticipated research includes: identifying benefits, risks and capabilities for a wide range of military [radio frequency/high power microwaves/particle beam] radiation systems,”

NASA Space Probes Detect Human-Made Bubble Surrounding Earth

Humans have long been shaping Earth’s landscape, but now scientists know we can shape our near-space environment as well. A certain type of communications – very low frequency (VLF) radio communications – have been found to interact with particles in space, affecting how and where they move. At times, these interactions can create a barrier