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Directed energy (DE) is an important and expanding technology area for the military. Taken to include High Energy Laser (HEL) and High Power Microwave (HPM) systems, DE is creating a new class of weapons. Military test and evaluation (T&E) is currently adapting to these radically new technologies. New measures, methods, and facilities are required for adequate T&E of these systems.
A complete agenda, including sessions, is available here in PDF format.
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate offered tours of two AFRL facilities to participants in this year's DE T&E Conference. Both tours were on Thursday, 9 August.
Starfire Optical Range (SOR) Facility (morning tour)
This world-class optical research facility is located on a hilltop site 6,240 feet above sea level in Albuquerque. The SOR's primary mission is to develop optical sensing, imaging, and atmospheric propagation technologies to support Air Force aerospace missions. The SOR operates one of the world's premier adaptive-optics telescopes capable of tracking low-earth orbiting satellites. Read more...
Laser Effects Test Facility (LETF) and SPIDERWorks (afternoon tour)
The Laser Effects Test Facility conducts research to better understand the physics of laser interactions on various materials. The facility has a variety of unique test equipment to support vulnerability experiments, including continuous-wave lasers such as the 15-kW Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser (COIL) and two Yb+3 fiber lasers: 50- and 20-kW. Read more...
The DE T&E Conference was held at the Sheraton Uptown, located at 2600 Louisiana Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87110.
The DE T&E Conference will publish all submitted presentations and papers that have been properly released by a sponsoring government agency and have proper classification markings. Once available, these proceedings will be provided to conference attendees free of charge, others will be able to purchase the proceedings through our Online Store.