A Glimpse into an AFWERX Challenge

Recently, AFWERX the Air Force’s program dedicated to solving some of the toughest problems it faces via collaborations between the nation’s top entrepreneurs, industry experts, academic professionals, and non-traditional contributors — asked for innovators to submit components, materials, or technologies that could specifically improve the USAF Fixed Wing Helmet, the legacy helmet used by its pilots and aircrew that was created all the way back in the 1970’s.

Here’s a video that gives you a glimpse inside this challenge, demonstrating how our new approach brings innovators and airmen to the table in new ways.

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AFWERX Challenge offers USAF Air Crew Helmet Innovations

AFWERX’s Challenge program recently brought together U.S. Air Force pilots, researchers, inventors, and potential commercial vendors toward the development of a prototype replacement for the branch's current generation Fixed Wing Aircrew Helmet. Part trade expo, part crowd-sourced solutions generator, an international mix of 35+ companies presented their ideas and products at Enclave Las Vegas, Nov. 14th, 2018. Participants from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia focused on solving problems such as helmet weight, thermal management, integration with systems, and lack of a customizable fit. […]

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A Visual Look at the AFWERX Vegas Fixed Wing Helmet Challenge

Recently, AFWERX asked for innovators to submit components, materials, or technologies that could specifically improve the USAF Fixed Wing Helmet used by its pilots and aircrew. For context, the legacy helmet was created in the 1970’s and updated throughout the years. It has served the USAF well, but it’s time for something new.

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Meet the 30+ Innovations That Could Improve The USAF Helmet

On November 14th, the 30+ solutions it chose from the 100+ submitted will be featured as part of AFWERX’s grand exhibition at Enclave Las Vegas that is completely open to the public — and which you can RSVP to here. Taking on all aspects of USAF Helmet, these finalists have proposed ideas that run the gamut of awe-inspiring innovation.

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BUILDING THE NEW FIXED WING HELMET

AFWERX — the Air Force’s visionary program dedicated to solving some of the toughest problems the Air Force faces via collaborations between the nation’s top intrapreneurs, industry experts, academic professionals, and non-traditional contributors — has issued a multitude of “Challenges” in hopes of utilizing the creative approaches that are intrinsically a part of crowdsourcing to craft inventive solutions.

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Hello AFWERX

In today’s world, we know innovation can come from anywhere. And if we want to not only innovate but do it faster, then we know opening ourselves up to collaboration is the most efficient way to get there.

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