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Audit Set for November for FAA’s Drone Authorization Efforts

The Department of Transportation’s inspector general has announced that it will conduct an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s role in authorizing operations of small unmanned aircraft systems in  U.S. airspace.

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Four Senators Approach 13 Agencies to Address Year-End Binge Spending

Four senators have asked the chief financial officers of 13 agencies to address their “use it or lose it” spending at the end of the fiscal year. The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs said Wednesday Sen. Ron Johnson, Claire McCaskill, Rand Paul and Gary Peters expressed concerns that agencies may possibly spend more money at the end of fiscal year 2018 compared to previous years.

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Three Senators Introduce Commercial Space Bill

Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Bill Nelson, D-Fla.; and Ed Markey, D-Mass. have introduced a bill aiming to refine regulation of U.S. space transportation. The Space Frontier Act would appoint an assistant secretary to help address commercial space concerns in the Department of Transportation, Cruz’s office said Thursday. The bill also …

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DOT Proposes $184M Grant for Additional State Route 400 Express Lanes

The Department of Transportation, along with the Georgia DOT, have proposed a $184.1 million grant to add express lanes to State Route 400, used by Atlanta commuters. The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant would provide for 17 miles of two-lane, bidirectional managed lanes from I-285, to McGinnis Ferry Road, to McFarland Parkway, the DOT said Friday. GDOT expects …

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House OKs 2 Bipartisan Bills to Encourage Space Tech Development; Rep. Lamar Smith Comments

House lawmakers have passed a pair of bipartisan bills that aim to sustain the country’s  space technology development and exploration efforts. The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology said Wednesday the American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry Act would designate Marshall Space Flight Center as NASA‘s primary hub to develop …

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DOT Launches National Competition on Transport System Risk Analysis

The Transportation Department has initiated a national competition for interested participants to examine surface transportation risks with the use of data analytics technology. DOT said Monday its Solving for Safety: Visualization Challenge seeks to encourage data scientists, local government workers, technologists, academic and safety professionals to visualize data that can offer insights into highway …

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DOT Names 10 Participants for UAS Integration Pilot Program

The Transportation Department has chosen 10 state, local and tribal governments to participate in a program to accelerate the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace. Participants will collaborate with the Federal Aviation Administration and multiple companies to collect UAS data in the next two and a half years as part …

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In the News: Dr. George Nield, Associate Administrator at FAA

What’s at stake in space for 2017-18? Over the next two years we will be facing some significant challenges and some opportunities–suborbital space tourism will be come a reality; multiple companies will demonstrate the ability to transport astronauts to and from the ISS; private companies will continue to pursue missions …

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