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Lockheed Martin Bids Stardust Bon Voyage

Goodbyes are never easy, especially those said in the cold and silence of space. After 12 years and multiple missions, Lockheed Martin waved a final farewell to Stardust last week. NASA’s Stardust spacecraft launched Feb. 7, 1999. Its original mission sent it across the trajectory of the Annefrank asteroid, and …

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Microsoft Study Shows Cloud Growth

If any doubt remained that individuals, organizations and governments are flocking to cloud computing, Microsoft’s SMB Cloud Adoption Study 2011 should dispel it. The study found 39 percent of small and mid-size businesses would be paying for at least one cloud service in the next three years. Expectations are cloud …

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Robots to Swarm DC

If you see robots touring the Smithsonian this weekend, don’t be surprised. In fact, expect to see all sorts of ASIMO-inspired machines walking, rolling, slinking and sliding as Washington, D.C., plays host to the FIRST Robotics Competition regional March 25-26. Students from Maryland, Virginia and the District will join engineers, …

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Fairfax Chamber to Host Women-owned Small-Business Panel

The Fairfax Chamber of Commerce wants to encourage women-owned small businesses to actively participate in government contracting. The tools are in place, thanks to the Women-Owned Small Business Procurement Set-Aside Program. The program supports the Obama administration’s initiative to expand small business activity in government contracting. The Set-Aside program provides …

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DC Tops EPA’s ENERGY STAR List

Causes are always more effective when lead by example. In an effort to reduce energy consumption, cost and harmful emissions, Washington, D.C., is leading the country in energy efficient and sustainable buildings. For the second year in a row, the D.C. metro area ranked second on the Environmental Protection Agency’s …

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The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

One would expect NASA to reach for the stars when dreaming. And reach they have. Earlier this month, NASA released its “wish list” ranked by the National Research Council. While some pipedreams are never likely to see the light of day, others are challenges space contractors are sure to wave …

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Orion Ready for Close Up

Orion made her first appearance this week. Lockheed Martin introduced the spacecraft and the company’s Space Operations Simulation Center, marking progress in NASA’s Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle program. “Our nation’s next bold step in exploration could begin by 2016,” said John Karas, vice president and general manager for Lockheed Martin’s Human …

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CGI Supplies Ohio with EHR Solution

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services plans to implement CGI’s Medicaid Incentive360. The company’s Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Payment Program reportedly guarantees quicker EHR incentive payment compliance. CGI claims the solution supplies the necessary manpower and processes to meet Medicaid’s requirements. “In selecting CGI, Ohio joins the …

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ITT Introduces Hand-held Water Pump

ITT announced yesterday the launch of a new hand-held water pump. The AquaCharge is portable, rechargeable and capable of operating fully submerged. It weighs a little under 4 pounds and operates on a low-voltage battery continuously for up to 40 minutes. The pump is designed for use in fresh or …

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Deloitte Study Reveals Hidden Medical Costs

If you thought your largest monthly bill is the check you write to the mortgage company, Deloitte’s latest report might lead you to consult your checkbook. The general rule of thumb for housing costs places rent or mortgage around 30 percent of your monthly income. Car payments, insurance and maintenance …

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Boeing Forms Biomass Research Group

Boeing and Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne think the future of jet fuel can be found in biomass. The two companies announced a joint venture today to create the Sustainable Biomass Consortium. The research partnership will look into expanding voluntary standards and regulatory requirements for biomass use in jet fuels, …

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Powerwave to Present at CTIA

Powerwave Technologies Inc., announced today plans to showcase its RapidFlex Mobile Deployment Unit and Nexus Repeaters at this weeks International CTIA Wireless 2011 convention. The RMDU integrates mobile base stations with an antenna tower. Powerwave bills the unit as ideal for rapid deployment in remote or congested areas. The unit …

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Boeing Wins ENERGY STAR Award

ENERGY STAR tipped its hat to Boeing’s energy efficiency programs this week, awarding the aviation company a Partner of the Year award from the Environmental Protection Agency. ENERGY STAR chose Boeing for companywide programs that reduce energy consumption, involve employees, raise awareness and continuously encourage improvements. “This achievement is a …

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VA, AFGE Reach Agreement

Anti-union fervor may be sweeping across the states, but the federal government hasn’t jumped on the bandwagon yet. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Federation of Government Employees reached an agreement last week on new national collective bargaining rights. The first since 1997, this new agreement elevates VA’s …

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SBA Enlarges Small Businesses

Small business is growing. At least the definition is. The Small Business Association wants to redefine the qualifications of what makes a small business. The redefinition could stand to bring about 9,450 new companies under the small business umbrella. The change in status from mid-size to small would mean a …

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