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FAA OKs First Commercial Drone Flights Over Land

June 10, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized the first commercial drone to fly over land, giving the OK to energy giant BP Exploration Incorporated, which can use it to provide mapping, geographic information system (GIS) and other commercial information services at its Prudhoe Bay oil field.

Underwater Cameras Give STEM Teams New Look at SeaPerch Challenge

June 9, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Middle and high school participants of the fourth annual SeaPerch National Challenge were able to monitor their underwater robots as they navigated obstacle courses thanks to technology sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation.

U.S. Naval Technology to Aid In Ocean Forecasts for Public

June 5, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) has teamed with the U.S. Navy to use naval technology to better forecast ocean currents and possible dangers that now can be employed for commercial and public use, according to a press release.

VA Librarian, Joint Base and NIST Libraries Receive FEDLINK National Awards

June 4, 2014
By Jim Sweeney

An employee at the Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Health Administration (VHA) received the 2013 Federal Library Technician of the Year award from the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK).

Secretary of Defense Names New Director of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

June 2, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Robert Cardillo has been named the next director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and will take over as the agency’s leader in October from Letitia A. Long. Long announced her retirement and will leave later this year after four years as director, according to a Defense Department news release.

Beyond Moore Computing

May 28, 2014
By Rita Boland

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have launched a project called Beyond Moore Computing to discover the future of computing. Possibilities include next-generation supercomputers, systems that learn autonomously and machines that require less energy.

DARPA Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program

May 22, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

It took four decades for Fred Downs to be able to pinch himself with his left hand. Or open a jar. Or turn a key in the front door of his Virginia home. Downs now sports a new prosthetic arm funded by DARPA, and which only last week received Food and Drug Agency approval for commercial use.

Rifleman Radio Approaches Full Rate Production

May 22, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Army has released a draft request for proposals to procure additional Rifleman Radios, moving the system toward full rate production.

Pockets of Resistance Threaten Robotics Funding

May 22, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Defense Department is failing to invest in game-changing technology that could increase efficiencies and save lives, according to a just-released report from the Center for a New American Security, which also recommends funding more battlefield drones.

DARPA Officials Demo Technologies Under Development

May 21, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency gave a sneak preview Wednesday to an impressive collection of promise-to-change-the world projects.


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