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FAA Certifies General Atomics-Made Extended Range Drone for Testing in US Airspace

Avenger ER General Atomics

General Atomics' aeronautical systems business has received the Federal Aviation Administration's approval to test a second Avenger Extended Range unmanned aircraft system in U.S. national airspace. The company said Wednesday it will use the FAA-granted experimental certificate to expand Avenger ER's testing activities for internal research and development, as well as contracted efforts.

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Draper Awarded DOD Contracts for Computer Chip Packaging Production

Draper

Charles Stark Draper Laboratory has received $14 million in two awards to produce computer chip packaging for the Department of Defense's military systems. DOD said Tuesday its Defense Production Act Title III office awarded a $10 million contract to Draper while its Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment office entered into a $4 million agreement with the company for the effort.

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Lumen Edge Platform Expands Access to IBM’s Distributed Cloud Service; Paul Savill Quoted

Paul Savill SVP Lumen Technologies

Lumen Technologies helped IBM integrate the latter's distributed cloud into a platform that allows users to access cloud services at the edge, near real time. The distributed cloud service, known as IBM Cloud Satellite, now operates on the Lumen edge platform through which customers may access cloud services in multiple types of environments, Lumen said Monday.

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NASA Taps Astra Space to Launch CubeSats for Storm Processes Research

Astra Space

Astra Space has secured a $7.9 million contract to help NASA launch six CubeSat small satellites designed to help meteorologists study storms. The company's Rocket 3 launch vehicle will carry the smallsats to space as part of the space agency's Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation Structure and Storm Intensity with a Constellation of SmallSats or TROPICS mission, NASA said Saturday.

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Microsoft Azure Government Now Offers 142 Services With FedRAMP’s High Provisional Authorization

Microsoft

Microsoft now has 142 cloud services certified with high provisional authorization to operate under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which aims to standardize the security of cloud products used in the federal government. The company said in a blog post published Thursday its offerings under the Azure Government cloud work to boost the security and compliance of federal agencies.

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Leidos Subsidiary Concludes Preliminary Design Review of Human Landing System for NASA Program

Dynetics

Leidos' Dynetics subsidiary has finished the preliminary design review of a technology meant to help astronauts land on the moon as part of an upcoming NASA lunar mission. Dynetics said Thursday the PDR effort informed the space agency of the Human Landing System's design that complies with system requirements for NASA's Artemis program, which aims to revive manned space exploration.

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Collins Aerospace to Provide Gearbox Repair Materiel for USAF F-16, B-2 Aircraft

Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace, part of Raytheon Technologies, has secured a decade-long, $34 million contract for resources that would help the Defense Logistics Agency repair gearboxes of the U.S. Air Force's F-16 and B-2 aircraft. The contractor said Wednesday it will perform supply chain management and manufacturing services for the gearboxes, which allow an aircraft's transmission system to shift rotational speeds.

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LMI to Support Postal Service’s Energy Conservation, Sustainability Efforts; Christen Smith Quoted

Christen Smith VP LMI

LMI has secured a seven-year, $30 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to help the U.S. Postal Service pursue energy-saving and sustainability efforts to enhance monitoring of the agency's conservation performance. The Virginia-based consulting firm said Wednesday it will advise USPS in support of its Corporate Sustainability and Energy Initiatives.

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Former DIA Director Robert Ashley Added to Clarifai’s Advisory Council

Robert Ashley Senior advisor Clarifai

Artificial intelligence company Clarifai has appointed Robert Ashley, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, as a senior advisor and a member of the company's public sector advisory council. Ashley, a two-time Wash100 awardee, brings experience gained from multiple assignments at the U.S. Army, including serving as senior advisor to the secretary and the chief of staff of the Army, Clarifai said Wednesday.

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