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Three Companies to Provide Robotic Grapple Fixtures for NASA Testing

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland has selected Altius Space Machines, Honeybee Robotics and Orbit Fab to provide robotic grapple fixtures for a testing initiative slated to begin in the spring and summer of 2021. Engineers at NASA's Exploration and In-Space Services projects division will evaluate the companies' grapple fixtures using robotics facilities at Goddard under space act agreements.

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MDA to Supply Grapple Fixtures for Japan Space Robotic Arm, Experiment Module

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates has received a contract from Japan’s national space agency to provide grapple fixtures that will work to support connections between the Japanese Experiment Module support equipment and the JEM Robotic Manipulator System. MDA said Tuesday the grapple fixtures are designed to operate with JEMRMS and some of its payloads as the …

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Report: 5 Tech Firms Support Apple Stance on Customer Data Protection

Five technology companies back Apple‘s resistance to help the FBI unlock an iPhone to assist in the investigation of a shooting incident that took place in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015, Mashable reported Thursday. Seth Fiegerman writes Apple CEO Tim Cook has argued the de-encryption tool being demanded by federal authorities could set a “dangerous” precedent and …

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Accenture-Avanade Team to Update English, Scottish Healthcare Email Service; Aimie Chapple Comments

Accenture and Avanade have been selected to migrate the email service of England's Health Department and Scotland's National Health Service to a new cloud-based platform in a move to help social workers collaborate. The companies will implement a new directory and Lync collaboration technology for instant messaging, voice over Internet …

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Apple, IBM Unveil Initial ‘MobileFirst for iOS’ App Set; Bridget van Kralingen Comments

Apple and IBM have partnered to offer the first batch of IBM MobileFirst for iOS applications that deliver big data and analytics functions to enterprise customers in sectors such as government whose workers use iPhone and iPad devices. Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president at IBM Global Business Services, said Wednesday that the collaboration works to help …

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Apple to Acquire Motion-Tracking Technology Maker PrimeSense for $350M

Apple has confirmed plans to purchase motion-tracking chip technology manufacturer PrimeSense for $350 million, Bloomberg reported Friday. Serena Saitto and David Welch write Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet verified the acquisition but didn’t comment on Apple’s plans for PrimeSense’s technology. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we …

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