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L-R – Mark Barnell, AFRL program manager of the Blue Raven project, and Dr. Qing Wu, principal computer scientist for the project. Together, they manage the business and engineering aspects of the effort. (Photo credit: AFRL)

AIE Opportunities will focus on “third wave” theory and applications of artificial intelligence, with the goal of enabling machines to contextually adapt to changing situations.

The SHRIMP program seeks to advance the development of multifunctional mm-to-cm scale robotics platforms. Critical to this effort will be foundational research in micro-actuator materials and energy-efficient power systems for extremely SWaP-constrained microrobotics systems. Such advances could enable applications that include search and rescue, disaster relief, hazardous environment inspection, in-flight control of aerodynamic platforms, steerable optics, and prosthetics. (Photo credit: DARPA)

An AR-22 rocket engine for DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane program is test fired on the A-1 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Stennis, Mississippi. (Credit: DARPA)

NREL researcher Guido Bender, works on gas manifold corridor for cell testing in the Fuel Cell Test and Development Lab at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Photo credit: Dennis Schroeder/NREL. 

The ARM flights were flown on NASA’s SubsoniC Research Aircraft Testbed G-III aircraft, or SCRAT, at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. NASA combined three technologies, including landing gear noise reduction, landing gear cavity treatments, and the adaptive compliant trailing edge flexible wing flap, to demonstrate a reduction in airframe noise in excess of 70 percent. This may reduce aircraft noise for communities near airports. (Photo credits: NASA/Ken Ulbrich)