Advanced Concepts: Enabling Future AF Missions Through the Discovery and Demonstration of Emerging Revolutionary Technologies
Final rept. 4 Nov 2004-5 Jul 2012
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB EDWARDS AFB CA AEROSPACE SYSTEMS DIRECTORATE
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The Advanced Concepts effort worked to enable future Air Force missions through the discovery and demonstration of emerging revolutionary technology. Reviews of technological fields were conducted for launch, near-space, and in-space propulsion. The reviews yielded a set of key technological challenges that were of particular importance for the effort. Individual, small-scale research projects were conducted to address the key challenges. One research effort, FRC propulsion, was successfully transitioned. Several other projects including radiometric forces for long duration flight in near-space, liquid droplet thrusters for constellation maintenance, and HEATS for responsive, high capability microsatellite operation look promising.
- Electric and Ion Propulsion