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NSWCDD Department Stands Up High Powered Microwave Division in Directed Energy Refocusing Efforts
January 5, 2022
IMAGE: Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) scientist Thomas Salvato tests vessel stopping efforts. Vessel stopping efforts fall under the directed energy umbrella at NSWCDD, using high powered microwaves.

Laser Tests at Dahlgren Measure Optical Effects That Make Stars Twinkle
October 1, 2020
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. - Henry Wilson - a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) student employment program intern - launches a weather balloon to record a vertical optical turbulence profile in support of a collaborative research project combining the Navy’s next-generation laser weapons with maritime environmental challenges. Dr. Evan Bates - a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division systems engineer who leads the High Energy Laser Measurement Support Laboratory - hopes to take the instruments used for optical turbulence measurements and incorporate them into shipboard lasers in the future. “You want to be able to get a real-time measurement with a single-ended system, because if we can get that we can look at the environment and evaluate the atmospheric effects on laser transmission to the target," said Bates. “That’s the end goal of optical turbulence instrumentation.” (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

NSWC Dahlgren Division STEM Mentors Inspire Youth at Annual Summer Academy
July 8, 2019
IMAGE: KING GEORGE. Va. (June 26, 2019) – A middle school student prepares for an aerospace engineering rocketry activity at the 2019 Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Summer Academy, held June 24-28. She was among 70 middle school students who constructed and calibrated their water rockets while discovering the optimal amount of fuel (water) to launch a ball the highest. The STEM Summer ‘campers’ worked in teams to organize and analyze their data in order to determine what fuel volume will result in the highest launch.