The Air Force is expected to release a new document, tentatively called “Energy Horizons,” in the coming months that will outline the service’s energy-related science and technology innovations, said Mark Maybury, USAF’s chief scientist. The document will serve as a follow-on to USAF’s most recent technology vision paper, “Technology Horizons” that was released in July 2010. Energy Horizons likely will pull lessons learned from nature, industry, and the other military services, said Maybury during last week’s Military Reporters and Editors conference in Rosslyn, Va. It might include discussions of innovations such as aircraft engines that are 25 percent more energy efficient, or possible improvements to space and cyber ground control stations, he said. The Air Force, as the largest consumer of energy in the federal government, is committed to reducing its dependence on foreign sources of energy and becoming more energy efficient.
Reports of production troubles on the SpaceX rocket that could contend for military cargo deliveries happened to coincide with a different company’s concept receiving an early nod—one that might not require a rocket at all.