Air Force Research Laboratory

November 9, 2020
 

Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, has been awarded a $13,750,000 cost-reimbursement, additional-work modification (P00005) to contract FA8650-19-C-5212 for research and development. The contract modification adds additional funding to expand various operational spectra (e.g., fighter, bomber, transport, etc.) to explore damage growth behavior representative design details such as wing-to-spar joint that exhibits multiple competing failure modes. Work will be performed in Wichita, Kansas, and is expected to be completed by November 7, 2023. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $13,250,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $37,250,000.

September 24, 2020
 

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, has been awarded an $8,696,785 cost-reimbursement contract for Design.R – artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted cyber physical systems design software prototype. This contract provides for developing an AI co-designer composed of design space construction, design composition and design space exploration that will interoperate seamlessly to enable a tightly integrated design process.  Work will be performed in Nashville, Tennessee; Edmonton Alberta, Canada; and Szeged, Hungary, and is expected to be completed by September 24, 2024. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and 25 offers were received.

September 24, 2020
 

A-Tech Corp., Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been awarded a $37,229,276 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Space Logistics Assembly Disassembly Experiment with Swarms program. This contract provides for on-orbit spacecraft assembly, servicing and swarm operations capabilities. Work will be performed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be complete by December 29, 2025. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and one offer was received. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $606,634 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is the contracting activity (FA9453-20-C-0031).

September 2, 2020
 

A-Tech Corp., Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been awarded a $34,905,249 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Surveillance, Intelligence, and Reconnaissance Enhanced Network (SIREN) program. The objective of SIREN is to provide an autonomous, multi-modal, space-based sensing capabilities for persistent tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Work will be performed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed December 4, 2025. The award is the result of a competitive acquisition and one offer was received. Fiscal year 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $199,000 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is the co

August 26, 2020
 

University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, has been awarded a $7,953,698 cost-reimbursement contract for research in the area of developing capabilities to predict performance of aerospace materials in the manufacturing environment as well as when subjugated to extreme thermomechanical influences. Work will be performed in Storrs, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed by November 7, 2023. Fiscal year 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-20-C-5206).

August 20, 2020
 

Toyon Research Corp., Goleta, California, has been awarded an $8,653,279 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for algorithm development for resilient on-orbit image processing. Work will be performed in Goleta, California, and is expected to be completed November 19, 2026. Fiscal year 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $250,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is the contracting activity (FA9453-20-C-0040).

June 2, 2020
 

Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, has appointed Timothy Bunning as chief technology officer.

April 2, 2020
 

Brig. Gen. Evan C. Dertien, USAF, has been assigned as commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

September 3, 2019
 

General Dynamics Information Technology Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, has been awarded a $30,837,185 face value cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for bioeffects research of directed energy effects. This contract provides for research on directed energy systems to assist in transitioning Department of Defense technologies. Work will be performed at Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and is expected to be complete by November 28, 2025. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and three offers were received. Fiscal 2019 research and development funds in the amount of $250,000 will be obligated at the time of award.

August 26, 2017
 

UES Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $90,300,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for molecular assessment sensing technologies. This contract provides for basic, applied and advanced technology development research, as well as development and demonstration of discovery of molecular signatures of Airman performance and the operational environment and sensing of these signatures in Air Force relevant scenarios. Work will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by August 31, 2027. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal year 2018 and 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount o

August 15, 2019
 

Phase Sensitive Innovations, Newark, Delaware, has been awarded a $10,553,397 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development. This contract will design, develop and demonstrate RF-photonic systems, sub-systems, components and devices for the Coherent Homodyne Integrated RF-Photonic System. Work will be performed at Newark, Delaware, and is to be completed by November 15, 2023. This award is the result of a Small Business Innovation Research III request for proposal acquisition with one offer received. Fiscal year 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $10,553,397 are being obligated at time of award for the effort.

June 1, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Currently in development, the X-60A will serve the hypersonic flight test and suborbital research communities with an air-launched single-stage liquid booster.  Original image by Generational Orbit. Edited by Chris D’Elia.

Achieving and maintaining hypersonic flight—Mach 5 and above—remains a major challenge, but officials at U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory envision a day when hypersonic technologies are developed and deployed much more quickly and affordably than is currently possible.

The X-60A hypersonic flight test vehicle is central to that goal. The Generation Orbit system will be used to test technologies at hypersonic speeds. The idea is to increase the frequency of flight testing while lowering the cost of maturing hypersonic technologies in relevant flight conditions.

May 14, 2019
 

UES Inc., Dayton, Ohio (FA8650-19-D-2904); and University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio (FA8650-19-D-2905), have been awarded a not-to-exceed $99,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for scientific research. This contract provides for scientific exploration for the discovery and/or advancement of power, energy, thermal, integration and control (PETIC) technologies in order to develop enabling materials, processes, devices, modeling and simulation for advanced high performance military weapon systems and emerging applications. Work will be performed at the Air Force Research Laboratory Wright Research Site, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by Aug. 21, 2024.

March 20, 2019
 

Goodrich Corp., Westford, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $92,890,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Hyperspectral Imaging, AgilePod, Standoff High Resolution Imaging Next Era, and Multi-Mode Lidar research and development. This contract provides for research and integration of existing electro-optical, infrared, radio frequency, multispectral imaging, hyperspectral imaging, and lidar sensors and related Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) technologies in order to develop the Air Force’s next generation ISR sensor. Work will be performed in Westford, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by September 29, 2025.

November 29, 2018
 

Apogee Research LLC, Arlington, Virginia, has been awarded an $8,335,013 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a software systems. The contract provides for developing techniques and software systems that will substantially accelerate software vulnerability research. The Computers and Humans Exploring Software Security program will develop computer-human software systems and capabilities to rapidly discover all classes of vulnerabilities in complex software in a scalable, timely, and consistent manner.  Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by May 26, 2022. The award is the result of a competitive acquisition and 50 offers were received.  Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contractin

June 18, 2018
 

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) signed cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts with three companies to provide effective sensor technology evaluations and related methodology research and development. The companies include: Defense Research Associates Inc. of Dayton, Ohio, which was awarded a $45,557,024; Design Knowledge Co. of Fairborn, Ohio, which was awarded a $45,557,024; and MacAulay-Brown, Inc., Dayton, Ohio, which was awarded a $45,557,024.

June 18, 2018
 

MacAulay-Brown Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $9,186,928 cost-plus-fixed-fee task order for anti-access area denial (A2AD) synthetic battlespace prototyping methodologies research and development. This task order will evolve research methodologies for rapid assessments (qualitative and quantitative) of advanced sensors and electronic warfare technologies through synthetic battlespace simulation. In addition, this task order will develop real-time simulation methodologies/technologies for rapidly-evolving/evaluating advanced sensors/electronic warfare technologies/capabilities in an A2AD environment. Work will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; and Dayton, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by September 22, 2

April 30, 2018
 

The Boeing Co., Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been awarded a $12,353,134 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the acquisition of the geostationary imaging with a ground-based rotating sparse aperture array of telescopes. This contract provides for the development and demonstration of a new ground-based space situational awareness platform for obtaining resolved images of geosynchronous satellites. Work will be performed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be complete by April 23, 2021. Fiscal year 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $504,810 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-18-C-9100).

April 26, 2018
 

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a $7,783,517 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for architecture and analysis for high-assurance autonomy software. This contract provides for the development of technologies in support of providing assurance in depth through the architecture and analysis for high-assurance autonomy integrated suite. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be completed by April 26, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and 34 offers were received.

April 12, 2018
 

Global InfoTek Inc.,* Reston, Virginia (FA8750-18-D-0003); Radiance Technologies Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama (FA8750-18-D-0005); Assured Information Security Inc.,* Rome, New York (FA8750-18-D-0001); CNF Technologies Corp.,* San Antonio, Texas (FA8750-18-D-0002); and Invictus International Consulting LLC,* Alexandria, Virginia (FA8750-18-D-0004), have been awarded a $950,000,000 shared ceiling indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Agile Cyber Technology 2.

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