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Space Force to Hold Small Ceremony for Roger Towberman’s Swearing-in

The U.S. Space Force plans to conduct Chief Master Sgt. Roger Towberman's oath-taking as the top enlisted leader this Friday, Space News reported Thursday. Towberman, U.S. Space Command's top enlisted leader, has been tasked to fill the same role for USSF. He follows Gen. John Raymond, USSF's chief of space operations, who is the service branch's first officer.

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Navy Continues Mine Countermeasure Tests Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Naval Surface Warfare Center's Panama City Division has conducted tests of an unmanned surface vehicle designed to deter mine threats. NSWC PCD continued mine countermeasure USV testing at the coastal test range amid the coronavirus pandemic, Naval Sea Systems Command said Thursday. The CTR facility operates near NSWC PCD and features fielding ranges for mine warfare testing and training.

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NASA Presents Segmented Approach for Artemis Program

NASA has proposed an outline on how to approach the progressive phases of the Artemis program, an effort to revive manned space exploration. The space agency said Friday delivered a plan that lists requirements for lunar exploration and the progressive phases that would lead astronauts to Mars.

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Army Tackles Project on Autonomous Threat Recognition Vehicles

The U.S. Army has commenced efforts to develop air and ground vehicles that detect threats via artificial intelligence, Inside Defense reported Wednesday. The service branch's AI Task Force aims to develop a system of vehicles designed to autonomously gather threat data under the Aided Threat Recognition from Mobile Cooperative and Autonomous Sensors effort.

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Kelvin Droegemeier to Lead National Science Foundation as Acting Director

Kelvin Droegemeier, who leads the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, has joined the National Science Foundation to serve as director on an acting basis. He will oversee NSF's daily activities and spearhead research efforts to address the world's challenges, the foundation said Wednesday.

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David Goldfein: USAF Takes Action to Continue Operations Amid COVID-19

Gen. David L. Goldfein, U.S. Air Force chief of staff, said the service branch has been working to improve the protection of airmen against the COVID-19 outbreak. Speaking virtually with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, he said USAF has made practice adjustments to address the pandemic's effects on readiness and ensure the required work continues, the service branch said Wednesday.

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DHS Develops New Gloves for Helicopter Hoist Operators

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has engaged with industry and academia to address the need for new, better gloves that helicopter rescue medics would use when handling hoist cables. S&T said Tuesday it worked with North Carolina State University and Higher Dimension Materials to create the most suitable fabric for durable rescue hoist gloves.

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Edward Parkinson: FirstNet Attains New Milestones

Edward Parkinson, CEO of the First Responder Network Authority, said FirstNet has reached new milestones this week with the announcement of over 11K user organizations. FirstNet now has coverage across the U.S. since the public safety network's initial launch three years ago, Parkinson wrote in a blog post published Tuesday.

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NASA Manages Solar Radiation Mission

NASA works to understand the formation of sun-based weather storms in space and in turn protect astronauts from solar radiation. The space agency said Monday that it will deploy six CubeSat satellites to further study solar particle storms under the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment, scheduled to launch on or after July 1, 2023.

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