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NASA Goddard Scientists Develop CubeSat Thermal Control Tech

A team of scientists at NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center has built a passive thermal-control technology designed to integrate with miniaturized satellites used for space research. Allison Evans, project principal investigator, and her team members created the thermal-control unit by repurposing a large panel of louvers that were initially used on spacecraft in the 1960s, NASA said Tuesday. The …

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GSA Aims to Support Agencies’ Tech Modernization Efforts Via New Service Line

The General Services Administration has created a third service line to help federal agencies identify and acquire tools and platforms to digitally transform their organizations. GSA established the Technology Transformation Service organization to house the agency’s digital services group 18F, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies and Presidential Innovation Fellows program, the agency said …

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Chuck Elmore: Air Force’s Investigative Org Aims to Migrate Entire Network to AFNet

Chuck Elmore, chief information officer at the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, plans to consolidate the organization’s enterprise network into the military branch’s AFNet infrastructure in the next year or so, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jason Miller writes AFOSI has already migrated about 20 percent of its network into AFNet as part a …

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NASA to Fund 27 Medical Research Proposals for Long-Duration Human Space Exploration

NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute have picked 27 proposals from 19 research organizations that seek to examine the potential effects of long-duration spaceflight missions on astronauts’ health and performance. Research teams will receive funds worth a combined $12 million over a one- to three-year period from NASA’s Human Research Program and NSBRI, the institute said …

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Steve Walker: Chicago Museum to Exhibit DARPA Tech Projects

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago will host an exhibit of various technology platforms developed or funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency from May 5 through Sept. 5. Titled “DARPA: Redefining Possible,” the event will feature interactive displays and activities for students and adults, DARPA said Thursday. “We hope the …

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DoD CIO Terry Halvorsen’s ‘Windows 10’ Remarks Draw Criticism From Software Trade Group

The Software and Information Industry Association has reacted to comments Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen made about the Microsoft-developed operating system Windows 10 on April 8 per a Fedscoop report. According to Fedscoop, Halvorsen said DoD plans to issue general guidance to department employees on the potential application of Windows 10 on their …

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Industry Groups React to DoD’s Source Selection Method for ‘Encore III’ IT Services Vehicle

Two government-contracting trade organizations have urged the Defense Department to take action to address their concerns about DoD’s use of a “lowest price, technically acceptable” method for selecting vendors for its Encore III information technology acquisition program. The Professional Services Council and the IT Alliance for Public Sector told DoD acquisition chief Frank Kendall in …

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Amazon-Built Classified Intell App Marketplace Goes Live

An Amazon Web Services-hosted marketplace of commercial software applications and developer tools designed for the U.S. intelligence community went live last week, Nextgov reported Thursday. Frank Konkel writes the IC Marketplace, hosted on AWS’ C2S cloud computing platform, allows intelligence agency personnel to try multiple apps or tools in a classified environment …

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Report: Rep. Duncan Hunter Seeks UAV Acquisition Funds for Coast Guard

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California) wants to request funds for the U.S. Coast Guard to procure land-based unmanned aerial vehicles to support the service branch’s surveillance missions, Navy Times reported Tuesday. Meghann Myers writes the Coast Guard has long relied on UAVs from the Customs and Border Protection to aid in maritime interdiction operations. The report said Hunter, …

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