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Elaine Chao Unveils Final FAA Rule on Commercial Space Launch, Reentry Licensing Requirements

Elaine Chao

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Thursday announced the publication of a final rule from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that updates the licensing requirements for commercial space launches and reentry missions. The new rule combines four regulatory parts to implement a single set of safety and licensing regulations for commercial spaceflight launch and reentry operations. 

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NRL, SDA Partner to Prototype Satellite Interoperability Testbed; Derek Tournear Quoted

Derek Tournear

The Space Development Agency (SDA) has partnered with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to develop and test a simulation tool designed to assess the interoperability of satellites that will comprise a planned space defense layer. “The Space Development Agency appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with NRL on this important part of the process to develop the National Defense Space Architecture,” noted Derek Tournear, director of SDA.

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CBP Unveils Website for Consolidated Biometrics Vetting Operations; Diane Sabatino Quoted

Diane Sabatino

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a website to modernize the agency’s biometrics-based entry and exit passenger vetting operations. CBP created the website as part of its Biometric Entry-Exit initiative focused on verifying personal identities at ports of entry. The new site presents information on the CBP program including 3D models and data.

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NGA Names Winners of Recent Geomagnetic Field Competition

NGA

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has unveiled the winners of an 18-month, $2.1 million challenge for technologies designed to measure or quantify the planet Earth's magnetic field. Iota Technology won the MagQuest competition's top spot with a $350,000 prize award. MagQuest seeks innovative technologies that could support the World Magnetic Model.

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DoD to Test-Fly 5th Gen Target Drone This Month; Michael Crisp Quoted

5GAT Target

The Department of Defense (DoD) has planned to perform the maiden test flight of a new aerial target drone in late Oct. 2020 after the department completed ground-based tests. The initial flight of the Fifth Generation Aerial Target will take place at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, following ground test completion in the middle of Sept. 2020 at Michael Army Airfield.

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USMC Team Completes 3D Printing Project for Raiding Craft Handle

U.S. Marine Corps

The U.S. Marine Corps' Combat Logistics Battalion 31 has utilized additive printing technology to produce a prototype handle for a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft. "They are going to use the lessons learned in this successful prototype to manufacture two more units and are confident that the effort will ensure that all 20 CRRCs maintain fully operational status," said Maj. Richard Jahelka.

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Northrop Grumman AESA Radar Designated Operational Air National Guard F-16s; Mark Rossi Quoted

AN APG-83 Radar

Northrop Grumman has announced that its AN/APG-83 SABR active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar has met the U.S. Air Force’s Full Operational Capability (FOC) readiness on Air National Guard F-16s. “SABR enables F-16 pilots to detect, track, identify and target a greater number of threats faster and at longer ranges from outside the threat envelope,” said Mark Rossi, director, SABR programs, Northrop Grumman.

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SOSi Partners with UiPath to Expand Automation Technologies; Julian Setian, Jim Walker Quoted

Julian Setian

SOS International (SOSi) has partnered with UiPath to automate high-volume, repetitive business processes to support critical U.S. Government missions. "Our partnership with UiPath will enhance our ability to offer state-of-the-art solutions on ongoing projects and position us for future opportunities," said Julian Setian, SOSi's CEO and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient.

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FCC, USAID Sign Agreement on Int’l 5G Deployment; Ajit Pai Quoted

Ajit Pai

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have signed an agreement to drive U.S. efforts to deploy 5G connectivity to developing countries. FCC noted that it also seeks to update its regulations on 5G connectivity to ensure competitiveness in U.S. communications services.

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