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AFRL - Aerospace Systems Directorate

Laboratory Information:

AFRL - Aerospace Systems Directorate
1950 5th Street
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7251
Technology Transfer Website:
Agency/Department: Dept. of Defense - Air Force
Region: Midwest

FLC Laboratory Representative:

Ms. Kristen Schario
Phone: 937-938-4831
Fax: 937-255-1759

Background/History of the Laboratory:

AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate  develops air and space vehicle propulsion and power technologies. Focus areas include turbine and rocket engines, advanced propulsion systems, and fuels and propellants for all propulsion systems. The Wright-Patterson AFB location is focused on the development of air-breathing engines and most forms of power technology. Programs address both future systems and the need to keep current systems competitive, safe, affordable, and effective. The AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate provides one-stop shopping for all forms of propulsion science and technology of interest to the Air (and space) Force turbine and rocket engines, advanced propulsion systems, and the propellants they run on. The directorate is also responsible for most forms of power technology (other than that required for spacecraft), making it one of the nation's leaders in the field of energetics. Program emphasis is on meeting future Air Force needs while keeping current systems competitive and affordable. AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate personnel and research and development, as well as its test and evaluation facilities, offer numerous unique features and opportunities. The Aerospace Systems Directorate develops propulsion and related technologies for the Air Force including: turbine and rocket engines, advanced propulsion systems, fuels, propellants, and lubricants, and aircraft power. The Directorate is headquartered at the Wright Research Site, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and supplemented by additional personnel and research facilities located at Edwards Research Site, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Mission of the Laboratory:

To create and transition propulsion and power technology for the military dominance of air and space.


  • Battery Laboratories
  • Bearings Research Facilities
  • Compressor Aero Research Lab (CARL)
  • Compressor Research Facility (CRF)
  • Component Research Air Facility (CRAF)
  • Component Calibration Facility
  • Diagnostic Development and Combustion Research Facilities
  • Fuels Development Research Facilities
  • Heat Transfer R&D Facilities
  • Helicopter Rotor Facility
  • High Power Laboratory
  • Intelligent Controls Facility (ICF)
  • Plasma Physics Research Laboratories
  • Power Devices
  • Components & Power Systems Facilities
  • Propeller Test Facilities
  • Ramjet Combustion Research Facility
  • Scramjet Research Facility
  • Sea Level Engine Facility
  • Superconductivity Laboratory
  • Supersonic Research Facility
  • Turbine Aero Thermal Basic Research Facility (TATBRF)
  • Turbine Engine Fatigue Facilities (TEFF)
  • Turbine Engine Lubricants Research Facilities
  • Turbine Research Facility (TRF)


Technology Transfer Mechanisms:

  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)
  • Facility Sharing
  • Patents and Licensing
  • Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
  • Technical Assistance

Technology Areas of Expertise:

  • High power research
  • High speed engine concepts
  • Hypersonics
  • Integrated high payoff rocket propulsion technology
  • Integrated high performance turbine engine technology
  • Integrated power unit
  • Internal starter/generator
  • Laser diode and electronics cooling
  • Aerospace power
  • Aerothermodynamic and aeromechanic performance
  • Airbreathing engines
  • Alternate storable propellants
  • Capacitors
  • Combustion
  • Cryogenic power systems
  • Directed energy power and thermal systems analysis
  • Electrical modeling and simulation
  • Electrical power systems
  • Electrical technology and plasma physics
  • Electrochemistry and thermal sciences
  • Engine integration and assessment
  • Fans and compressors
  • Fuels
  • Lithium-ion and environmental battery development
  • Long range strike power & thermal systems analysis
  • Mechanical systems
  • Micro-capillary pumped loop
  • PEM and solid-oxide fuel cell development
  • Plans and analysis
  • Plasma physics
  • Polynitrogen chemistry
  • Power and thermal management initiative development
  • Power electronic systems
  • Power generation
  • Power semiconductor devices
  • Propulsion
  • Pulse detonation propulsion
  • Rocket-based combined cycle propulsion
  • Solid state chemistry research
  • Space & missile propulsion
  • Structures and controls
  • Superconducting coated conductors
  • Superconductivity research
  • Systems research
  • Turbine analysis, design, development, and testing
  • Turbine engines