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NASA, Alaska officials see new uses for airships

Lighter-than-air aircraft advocates say a California company's Zepplin airship may one day be a common sight, delivering fuel or construction material to remote Alaska villages or food to hungry people on another continent.

Wednesday - 08/22/2012, 08:54pm EDT

NASA reveals how it revived a struggling program

The space agency gave Federal News Radio an exclusive, in-depth look at a recent IT review session on its enterprise service desk. With the program faltering, NASA detailed how it used TechStat to reinforce planned solutions.

Friday - 08/17/2012, 05:31am EDT
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The Ryan budget, sequestration, and mobile apps

On this week's Capital Impact show, guests discuss how the Paul Ryan budget plan would affect federal spending, how NASA would be affected by sequestration, and two new mobile apps for this year's Democratic and Republican conventions.
August 16, 2012

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 06:59pm EDT
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NASA's new stars make geeky seem chic

Known to the Twitterverse and the president of the United States as "Mohawk Guy" of the Mars mission, Bobak Ferdowsi could be the changing public face of NASA and all of geekdom.

Tuesday - 08/14/2012, 09:28pm EDT

Sammies finalists build a space-bot to aid astronauts

Fifteen years ago, NASA began their Robonaut project to create the first humanoid robot that would be capable of working in space. Despite various funding problems, the resulting humanoid machine is currently on the International Space Station helping crew members by taking over simple, repetitive or dangerous tasks now performed by astronauts.

Monday - 08/13/2012, 11:52am EDT
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NASA picks 3 private firms to develop space taxis

NASA picked three aerospace companies Friday to build small rocketships to take astronauts to the International Space Station, as part of the third phase of NASA's efforts to get private space companies to take over for the space shuttle.

Friday - 08/03/2012, 05:34pm EDT

Navy sharpens acquisition pencil to find savings

The service is taking a four-pronged approach to improve its procurement process and find savings. A review board looks at all acquisitions to make sure its strategy and contract formation are beneficial. Other agencies, like NASA and DHS, are consolidating more contracts into larger buys.

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:33am EDT
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NASA builds menu for planned Mars mission in 2030s

Through a labyrinth of hallways deep inside a 1960s-era building that has housed research that dates back to the early years of U.S. space travel, a group of scientists in white coats is stirring, mixing, measuring, brushing and, most important, tasting the end result of their cooking.

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 01:18pm EDT

Space workers struggle a year after last shuttle

A year after NASA ended the three-decade-long U.S. space shuttle program, thousands of formerly well-paid engineers and other workers around the Kennedy Space Center are still struggling to find jobs to replace the careers that flourished when shuttles blasted off from the Florida "Space Coast."

Sunday - 07/15/2012, 10:36am EDT

Conference to explore agencies use of big data

How is the government using big data currently?

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 01:43pm EDT

NASA offers buyouts to 117 Goddard employees

Individuals in some positions can apply to retire as NASA focuses on reshaping its workforce. NASA will cap severance pay at $25,000.

Monday - 07/09/2012, 02:59pm EDT

All things SEWP

Joanne Woytek, program manager of NASA SEWP talks about the government wide contract vehicle and its goals and missions for the future.
June 18, 2012(Encore presentation July 16, 2012)

Monday - 06/18/2012, 09:42pm EDT
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Virtual desktop key piece to NASA Goddard's future in cloud, mobile

CIO Adrian Gardner said he will pilot the technology this summer. VDI also will help with foreign nationals who need access to some of the space agency's data for collaborative projects. Gardner said the Innovations program is looking other leading-edge software.

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 05:12am EDT
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SpaceX signs 1st customer for big new rocket

Space Exploration Technologies says it has signed its first commercial contract for a new rocket that will be more powerful than the one that launched the company's Dragon capsule to the International Space Station last week.

Tuesday - 05/29/2012, 05:34pm EDT

Cool Jobs: The Spacesuit Conservator

Lisa Young is the objects conservator at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. She discusses the challenges of preserving spacesuits as part of Federal News Radio's Cool Jobs in Government series.

Thursday - 05/24/2012, 11:16am EDT
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Private supply ship rockets toward space station

A first-of-its-kind commercial supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station following a successful liftoff early Tuesday, opening a new era of dollar-driven spaceflight.

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 09:14am EDT

NASA takes one giant leap into commerical space flight

The space agency is set to launch its first commercial resupplying mission, perhaps as early as Tuesday. The Falcon 9 rocket will carry the Dragon capsule into space, where it will deliver food and water to the International Space Station.

Thursday - 05/17/2012, 12:05pm EDT
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NASA kicks off SEWP V planning

The space agency will reach $10 billion in sales in 2012 under the SEWP IV governmentwide acquisition contract. Joanne Woytek said there is a lot of industry interest in the next iteration of the contract.

Wednesday - 05/16/2012, 05:05am EDT
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Red Hat gets common criteria approval

Red Hat Chief Technology Strategist Gunnar Hellekson joins host John Gilroy to talk about how his company helps federal agencies with their open software needs.
May 15, 2012

Wednesday - 05/16/2012, 12:19am EDT
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House passes 2013 funding for Commerce, Justice

The House approved the first spending bill for 2013, setting operating budgets for the Commerce and Justice Departments and for science-related agencies, such as NASA.

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 07:50pm EDT
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