Matthew Nelson

18th Space Control Squadron Posts Space Debris Collision Forecasts Online; Lt. Col. Justin Sorice Quoted

SBSS Satellite

The 18th Space Control Squadron has started sharing their forecasts on space debris-on-debris collisions through the Space-Track website. The squadron has increased the number of objects it screens daily by more than 350 percent, while it decreased the amount of monitored low to no-risk early conjunctions by over 30 percent as part of the Reduction of Conjunction Assessment Processing program.

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Victoria Coleman Takes Oath as DARPA Director

Victoria Coleman

Victoria Coleman, formerly senior adviser for microelectronics technology policy to the director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at the University of California, Berkeley, has formally assumed the role of director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Coleman has succeeded Steven Walker, who vacated his post in 2019. 

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USAF Concludes Holloman Air Force Base Test Track Modernization Project

Holloman AFB

The Test Resource Management Center modernized a high-speed test track at Holloman Air Force Base as part of efforts to enhance the track's efficiency. TRMC built an on-site laboratory to explore how the test track's artificial rain compares to various types of natural rainfall, the U.S. Air Force said Tuesday.'

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DOE Eyes $122M Funding Opportunity for Carbon Ore R&D Efforts

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) intends to award $122 million in funds to support research and development activities on rare earth elements and critical minerals. DOE said that it seeks to assess the potential of natural resources across basins in the U.S. to drive regional economic growth for the department. 

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DoD to Award Grants to Bolster Natl Security Industrial Base

DoD

The Department of Defense (DoD) has earmarked $25 million in grants to support six projects that aim to augment the national security industrial base. DoD said that it seeks to enhance research, development and small business efforts through the funding initiative. DoD picked the awardees through a competitive acquisition and will provide funding from fiscal year 2020 funds. 

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Bipartisan Legislation to Drive Quantum Network Dev’t; Rep. Lee Zeldin Quoted

Quantum Computing

Reps. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., and Bill Foster, D-Ill., have unveiled a bipartisan bill that seeks to drive the establishment of a quantum network in the U.S. The Quantum Network Infrastructure Act of 2020 will launch a national research and development effort that will speed up the implementation of quantum technology

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DHS Posts RFI on Human-Portable Repeaters; Hasan Shahid Quoted

DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a request for information to seek inputs on human-portable repeaters that can work on indoor and subterranean environments. The radio repeater must weigh under 50 pounds to qualify as human-portable and allow various configurations to adapt to indoor and underground emergency response operations.

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Air Force Conducts Construction Effort for KC-46A Aircraft Infrastructure

KC-46A

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) partnered with Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and the Army Corps of Engineers to facilitate a multi-phase construction program that aims to build the infrastructure for the KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling vehicle. AFCEC wrapped up building at McConnell Air Force Base in 2017. 

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DOE Stands Up New Office for Arctic Region Programs; Dan Brouillette Quoted

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a new office meant to drive DOE's activities across the Arctic region. The Arctic Energy Office will directly report to the DOE undersecretary and handle initiatives in the areas of national security, science and energy. DOE will establish AEO's physical office at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks

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