Matthew Nelson

Iridium Eyes Jan. 7 for Final ‘NEXT’ Satellite Launch; Matt Desch Quoted

Iridium Communications has announced that the launch of the eighth batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites aboard SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket is now scheduled on Jan. 7, SpaceNews reported Friday. The new schedule sought to provide SpaceX more time to accommodate Spaceflight Industries’ SmallSat Express rideshare mission, which took off on Monday, Dec. 3. Iridium …

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SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft Arrives at ISS for 16th Cargo Delivery Mission

SpaceX‘s Dragon spacecraft reached the International Space Station on Saturday to deliver approximately over 5.6K pounds of crew supplies and research payloads. The spacecraft launched from Florida via SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday, Dec. 5, as part of its 16th Commercial Resupply Services mission with NASA, the agency said Saturday. Dragon is set to return …

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Report: DoD Plans Military Comms Tech Modernization

The Department of Defense intends to develop new communications platforms as part of an initiative to optimize and streamline the military’s infrastructure, National Defense reported Friday. DoD plans to leverage cloud computing and satellite communications to support the use of next-generation technologies for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. …

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Report: White House Hosts Innovation Meeting With Tech Industry Execs

CEOs of multiple technology companies met with some administration officials to discuss innovation and emerging technology through a roundtable meeting held Thursday at the White House, CNET reported Thursday. The report said IBM‘s Ginni Rometty, Microsoft‘s Satya Nadella and Oracle‘s Safra Catz participated in the “listening session” that highlighted topics such as quantum computing, …

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HHS Unveils Three Winners of Health Care Data Software Development Challenge

The Department of Health and Human Services has chosen three winning submissions to a prize competition that sought applications designed to utilize Certified Health IT Product List application programming interfaces or XML files. CHPL Data Challenge winners demonstrated how industry could use and apply CHPL data about health information technology systems and approved …

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Dewberry Selected for Florida Mapping Project

Dewberry will lead an industry team to complete a mapping project in Florida using airborne light detection and ranging technology under a potential $20M contract from the U.S. Geological Survey. The company said Wednesday it will collaborate with seven industry partners to collect lidar, survey the ground and prepare digital …

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George Mason University Opens GovCon-Focused Academic Center; Jerry McGinn Quoted

George Mason University’s School of Business has opened an academic facility dedicated to government contracting research, training and collaborative efforts. The Center for Government Contracting will host courses, activities and programs meant to help students, companies and agencies build GovCon competencies, the university said. The center will conduct its inaugural …

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IARPA Requests Info on Deep Learning Research Efforts

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency has issued a request for information on machine learning research projects, particularly studies related to deep learning. IARPA said Thursday in a FedBizOpps notice the government will consider industry input to formulate a potential program and list of potential sources. Interested vendors should indicate their experiences …

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Lynn Dugle: Engility, SAIC Find ‘Complementary’ Business Activities, Programs

Engility CEO Lynn Dugle has said the company has identified areas of commonality with Science Applications International Corp., Politico reported Wednesday. She told the publication in an interview that both companies have invested in projects related to multi-constellation planning, data exploitation, analytics and mission management. SAIC agreed to acquire Engility in September through …

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