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NASA Awards Funds to 10 Small Satellite Studies

NASA has awarded a total of $3.6 million in grants to 10 mission concept studies that will use small satellites to explore Venus, Earth’s moon, asteroids, Mars and outer planets. The agency said Thursday awardees on the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies program will use satellites that weigh less than 400 pounds while CubeSats will …

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Joseph Shepard Returns to SBA as Investment & Innovation Office Associate Chief

Joseph Shepard, formerly president and managing partner at investment banking services provider Archway Capital Management, has rejoined the Small Business Administration  as associate administrator for the office of investment and innovation. Shepard’s “previous public sector experience at SBA overseeing the [Small Business Investment Company] program, as well as his private …

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President Trump Signs Bill to Fund NASA’s Deep Space Exploration Programs

President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that authorizes funding for NASA’s deep-space exploration and discovery missions in the 2017 budget cycle. The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 requires the space agency to develop and implement a deep space human exploration plan and invest in science, technology and aeronautics programs, the White House said …

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NASA Develops Folding Robot for Rugged Terrains

NASA has developed an origami-inspired robot designed to fold itself and explore rugged areas deemed “too risky” for rovers. The agency said Tuesday the Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot has been tested in various terrains such as the Mojave Desert in California, a ski resort in Colorado and an active volcano in Antartica. The …

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James Comey: FBI Investigates Russia’s Interference in US Election

FBI Director James Comey has informed House Intelligence Committee members that the bureau is looking into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election and any coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, CNN reported Tuesday. Stephen Collinson writes Comey told the committee at a Monday hearing that FBI will also investigate if any crimes were committed in the …

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David Glawe to Be Nominated DHS Undersecretary for Intell, Analysis

President Donald Trump intends to nominate David Glawe, assistant commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection agency, as the next undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security. Glawe is a more than 24-year law enforcement and national security veteran who previously held various positions at the FBI, Office of the Director …

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House Lawmakers Want Info on Disruption of IRS Student Financial Aid Tool

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers have urged the Internal Revenue Service to provide information about the outage of a tool used to help students apply for federal financial aid. Lawmakers asked IRS commissioner John Koskinen in a letter published Thursday to brief the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and Education and the Workforce on a …

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DHS S&T Seeks Academic Partners to Run Border Threat Screening, Supply Chain Defense CoE

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate will award up to $35 million to two academic institutions to help DHS run a center of excellence for cross-border threat screening and supply chain defense. DHS said Monday the new CoE will research and develop systems to aid the identification of biological threats that could …

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