Posts from ExecutiveBiz for 07/06/2018

AUVSI: Proposed FY 2019 Defense Budget Shows Funding Increases for Drones, Robotics

A new Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International report says the proposed $9.6 billion budget for unmanned platforms and robotics in President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2019 defense spending request reflects a 28 percent increase from the enacted fiscal 2018 budget…
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NASA, Johns Hopkins APL Complete Solar Probe Integration

The team of NASA and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has fully integrated a spacecraft that is scheduled to launch in August on a mission to study the sun up close. NASA said Thursday an eight-foot-diameter heat shield was reinstalled on Parker Solar Probe last week after engineers initially attached the system to the spacecraft as part of tests that occured at the APL facility in Laurel, Md…
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EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler to Take Over as Acting Chief

Andrew Wheeler will take over as acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency following the resignation of EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, CNN reported Thursday. Pruitt resigned from his position following 13 federal investigations looking into a variety of ethics scandals at the agency, the New York Times said…
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Report: EchoStar Calls for Talks With Inmarsat Board Over $3.2B Takeover Offer

Colorado-based EchoStar (Nasdaq: SATS) called on Inmarsat to initiate discussions with shareholders about its $3.2 billion takeover offer and that it would pursue the bid if given a deadline extension, Reuters reported Friday…
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Report: NASA, Northrop Eye Cape Canaveral as Launch Site for Pegasus XL Rocket

Northrop Grumman and NASA are likely to launch the agency’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite aboard the Pegasus XL rocket later this year from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Spaceflight Now reported Thursday
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USMC Explores Industry Sources for Tactical Platform Support Services

The U.S. Marine Corps has issued a sources sought notice for contractor personnel who can support the military service’s Tactical Systems Oriented Architecture. A FedBizOpps notice posted Tuesday states a TSOA support provider must have expertise in tactics, techniques and procedures for command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence systems as well as related information exchange requirements…
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Capt. Jacob Singleton: Air Force Research Lab Eyes Commercial Incubator, Accelerator Programs

Capt. Jacob Singleton, program manager at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Center for Rapid Innovation, has told PCMag in an interview published Wednesday AFRL is interested in incubator and accelerator programs that can help developers explore the potential military use of commercial technologies…
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SpaceX Modifies Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A for Dragon 2 Crew Launches

SpaceX is modifying the Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A to launch crews of the Dragon 2 spacecraft, NASA Spaceflight reported Thursday. The company had signed a 20-year agreement with NASA and Space Florida, the state’s economic development agency, to lease the pad to launch Falcon 9 rockets and the Falcon Heavy…
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Lookout Releases DHS-Funded Mobile Security Platform; Vincent Sritapan Comments

The Department of Homeland Security has announced the availability of a technology platform Lookout developed to help secure mobile devices against phishing attacks. DHS said Thursday it partly funded the development of Lookout’s Mobile Endpoint Security system, designed to help users block attempts to deliver malware or steal credentials in virtual messages and applications…
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Northrop’s Rolling Meadows Repair Station Gets FAA Diamond Award for Aviation Maintenance

A Northrop Grumman repair station in Rolling Meadows, Ill., has received the Federal Aviation Administration‘s Aviation Maintenance Technician Diamond Award of Excellence in recognition of the company’s maintenance training and safety operations at the station…
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