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Senate Appropriations Committee: FAA Must Revise Approach to Streamline Launch Policy

The Senate Appropriations Committee recommends the Federal Aviation Administration to augment the agency's method to streamline commercial launch policy, Space News reported Thursday. The committee approved a bill that boosts FAA's funds for commercial launch licensing, but also urges the agency to create another draft on associated policy.

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VA Introduces Scheduling Tool for Veteran Appointments

The Department of Veterans Affairs unveiled a new scheduling capability in support of the agency's plans to modernize its appointment system, Nextgov reported Thursday. Jointly built by Lockheed Martin's Systems Made Simple subsidiary and Epic, the Medical Appointment Scheduling System has been fielded at the Chalmers. P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center in Ohio until June 2020.

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Ball Aerospace Delivers Earth Science Instrument for NASA’s Landsat 9; Makenzie Lystrup Quoted

Ball Aerospace delivered the Operational Land Imager 2 (OLI-2) for Landsat 9, completing development of the instrument on schedule and under budget, the company announced on Friday. Ball will continue to support instrument integration and spacecraft-level testing, working closely with NASA and the Landsat 9 spacecraft provider.

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NASA Team Prototypes Shape-Changing Robotic System for Titan Mission

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is developing a system of small robots that combine to form a shape-changing space exploration vehicle for missions on Saturn's moons. JPL said Wednesday its Shapeshifter prototype is a semi-autonomous system of 3D printed robots that form a ground exploration platform when combined and separate into flying drones.

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Navy Achieves 80 Percent Mission-Capable Goal for Aviation Fleet

The U.S. Navy has attained an 80 percent mission-capable rate for the service branch's aviation fleets of F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft. The Naval Aviation Enterprise worked to implement the Naval Sustainment System-Aviation initiative that allowed the Navy to achieve this goal, the service branch said Tuesday.

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Senate OKs Bipartisan DHS Cybersecurity Team Creation Bill; Maggie Hassan Quoted

The Senate has passed a bill that aims to boost cybersecurity at all levels of government and the commercial sector. The Department of Homeland Security Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act would order the establishment of permanent teams to prevent and address cyber threats, the office of Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who introduced the bill, said Wednesday.

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