Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories

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The Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories were laboratories that were part of the Air Force Research Laboratory, active from 1945 to 2011, following consolidation to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Kirtland Air Force Base under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission.[1]


Originally founded as the Air Force Cambridge Research Center (AFCRC), the lab was a Cold War systems development organization which developed telephone modem communications for a Digital Radar Relay in 1949.[2] Created by General Arnold in 1945,[3] AFCRC participated in Project Space Track and Semi-Automatic Ground Environment development.


  1. ^ Altshuler, Edward E. (2 January 2013). The Rise and Fall of Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories. Hanscom Air Force Base: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1481832514. 
  2. ^ Edwards, Paul N (1996). "Chapter 3: SAGE". The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. p. 19. Retrieved 2013-04-23. "the Air Force Cambridge Research Center (AFCRC) [had] recently developed methods for digital transmission of data over telephone lines [with] Digital Radar Relay (DRR)55 The DRR research, begun just after World War II, had taken four years to complete. Its availability solved one of the many analog-to-digital conversion problems faced by the eventual SAGE."  (Edwards footnote 55 cites Harrington p. 370)
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Coordinates: 42°27′16.72″N 71°16′18.86″W / 42.4546444°N 71.2719056°W / 42.4546444; -71.2719056