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NASA to Use Crystal Instruments-Built Ground Recorder to Collect Sonic Thump-Related Data

X-59 QueSST

NASA will use a ground recorder developed by Crystal Instruments to measure an aircraft's sonic thumps in the Mojave Desert in California. The space agency will field an aircraft from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California to simulate the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology's acoustic validation phase as part of the Carpet Determination in Entirety Measurements flight series and then will gather lessons from the CarpetDIEM tests to inform possible modifications that could be integrated into the final design of the Crystal Instruments Ground Recording System.

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Rocket Lab Deploys Six Customer Payloads to Orbit Via Electron Vehicle; Peter Beck Quoted

Peter Beck Founder and CEO Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab on Monday launched into orbit six spacecraft for its government and commercial clients as part of the 19th mission of its Electron rocket. The Electron rocket for the They Go Up So Fast mission lifted off from a launch complex in New Zealand to field the six customer payloads, including a technology demonstrator for the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command and a CubeSat for Care Weather Technologies.

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CGI Federal's John Owens: Government IT Leaders Should Engage Experts When Selecting the Right Code

John Owens VP CGI Federal

John Owens, a vice president with CGI Federal's emerging technologies practice, wrote in an article published Friday on GCN that choosing the right code to meet agencies' needs calls for government information technology leaders to evaluate the problem and work with experts to help with the assessment and decide on the proper tool to adopt. “In government agencies, as in other large organizations, low-code/no-code, COTS and custom development all have a place. I recommend agencies engage experts to help them assess their agency's needs and select the right solution that balances cost, features, time and performance,“ he concluded.

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L3Harris Eyes Responsive Space Systems Contracts; Ed Zoiss Quoted

Ed Zoiss L3Harris Technologies

L3Harris Technologies is pursuing contract opportunities in responsive space systems as the Department of Defense invests more in the development of such architectures, C4ISRNET reported Wednesday. Ed Zoiss, president of space and airborne systems at L3Harris, said the company has received six contracts in responsive space and attributed those contract wins to its payload expertise, mission knowledge and capability to deliver rapid platforms.

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Industry Experts Share Insights on AI National Security Commission's Final Report; Booz Allen's Steve Escaravage Quoted

Steve Escaravage Booz Allen Hamilton

Steve Escaravage, a senior vice president and head of the analytics practice and artificial intelligence services business at Booz Allen Hamilton, said the U.S. has experienced leadership in other technology areas but could lose its edge in AI if it fails to take action in response to the call made in the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence's final report, Nextgov reported Tuesday. Escaravage also highlighted the need for an “intense focus on an ethical approach“ when it comes to AI.

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Raytheon, NASA Build Cloud Platform to Store Sentinel-6 Satellite Data; David Appel Quoted

David Appel VP Raytheon Technologies

Raytheon Technologies' intelligence and space business has worked with NASA to develop a cloud-based platform meant to help the agency distribute and archive data from the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich climate monitoring satellite. “The data storage challenge becomes that much greater with the petabytes upon petabytes of data that satellites generate every day," said David Appel, vice president of defense and civil solutions at Raytheon Intelligence and Space.

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Booz Allen’s Kathleen Featheringham on AI Adoption in Transportation Sector

Kathleen Featheringham Director of AI Strategy Booz Allen Hamilton

Kathleen Featheringham, director of artificial intelligence strategy at Booz Allen Hamilton, predicts the transportation sector will witness a paradigm shift as the industry advances its adoption of AI and believes federal agencies should prepare for such a major change by having an AI vision that includes all aspects of the organization. “Second, it's important to have an open meaningful conversation about the right applications for AI and the outcomes that are hoped to be achieved, ensuring that they are ethical auditable sustainable and reliable,“ Featheringham said.

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Three Companies to Provide Robotic Grapple Fixtures for NASA Testing

Satellite servicing

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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FAA Releases Cybersecurity Operations Support RFI

Cybersecurity support

The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking information on industry capabilities to help inform its strategy for the procurement of cybersecurity operations support services. FAA plans to compete a five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for such services in support of its security operations center that helps monitor information security incidents and protect the information technology infrastructure of the FAA and the Department of Transportation.

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Northrop BuildIing “˜Sky Viper' Chain Gun for Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

Northrop Sky Viper cannon

Northrop Grumman is working on a new 20mm cannon, called the Sky Viper, for the U.S. Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, Military .com reported Thursday. Quinn Canole, director of the guns operating unit at Northrop, said the company is building the cannon, which completed the service's initial design reviews, under a rapid prototyping agreement with the Army Development Command Armament Center.

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Three Industry Associations Call for Continued Funding for Space Commerce Office

Satellite

The Aerospace Industries Association, Commercial Spaceflight Federation and Satellite Industry Association have asked the Department of Commerce to continue to fund the Office of Space Commerce. “Retaining staff in the Office of Space Commerce to continue to carry out its work until a new Director is named is critical to the success of our industry on a variety of fronts,“ the three industry groups wrote in a March 9 letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

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PSC’s David Berteau on Section 3610 Extension, Technology Modernization Fund

David Berteau President and CEO PSC

David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, told Federal News Network in an interview posted Wednesday about the potential benefits of extending section 3610 through the end of September in the latest stimulus bill to federal contractors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Section 3610 “basically authorizes programs across the government, civilian agencies, the intelligence community and the Defense Department to reimburse contractors for costs they incur, keeping skilled personnel and key workers on the payroll when they can either access the facility due to some restrictions, Covid-19, etc, or do the work remotely,“ said Berteau, a two-time Wash100 awardee.

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