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Applications Accepted for Fuel Cell R&D Grants

The Department of Energy is now accepting grant applications - for a total of up to $74 million dollars - to support the research and development of clean, reliable fuel cells. The solicitations include up to $65 million over three years to fund continued research and development on fuel cell components with the goal of reducing costs, improving their durability and increasing the efficiency of fuel cell systems. Fuel cells use the energy of hydrogen or other fuels to cleanly and efficiently produce electricity or heat with very few - and inert - byproducts. They can produce power in large stationary systems such as buildings or for vehicles such as commercial forklifts, buses and automobiles. Officials say the awards will help support U.S. leadership in the emerging global fuel cell market, while limiting greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the country's reliance on fossil fuels.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology , Scott Carr ,

Sunday - 01/09/2011, 02:22pm EST

Pilot error blamed in incident that scrambles fighter jets

The pilot of the Piedmont Airlines flight that lost contact with air traffic controllers turned his radio to the wrong frequency.

Tags: NORAD , Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport , Hilton Head , Capitol , Max Smith , Colleen Kelleher

Saturday - 01/01/2011, 04:07pm EST

NextGen Technology Enables Fastest, Safest Toy Delivery

Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors at the North Pole certified Santa One, the reindeer-powered sleigh piloted by Santa Claus, prior to its 2010 Christmas Eve delivery mission. Santa One - they report - is outfitted with new satellite-based NextGen technology, that allows Santa to deliver more toys to more children with improved safety and efficiency. Rudolph's nose has been outfitted with avionics that can broadcast Santa One's position to air traffic controllers around the world with improved accuracy. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says Santa's cockpit display is improved to help improve his situational awareness. Even as energy-efficient as the reindeer-powered sleigh already is, officials say NextGen technologies have further reduced Santa One's carbon hoofprint. Shorter, faster routings mean the reindeer consume less hay.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology , Scott Carr ,

Monday - 12/27/2010, 11:20am EST

Frederick may not get $13.7 Million from FAA for airport

Frederick leaders are worried federal funding expected to cover the cost of land purchased to expand the city's airport might not materialize.

Tags: Frederick Municipal Airport , Randy McClement

Saturday - 12/04/2010, 12:31pm EST

FAA's Washington to retire after 33 years in government

Washington said he wants to pursue work in the commercial aviation industry.

Tags: management , contracting , James Washington , acquisition workforce , Small business contracting , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/02/2010, 02:54pm EST

USDA/FAA Support Production of Biofuels

The Federal Aviation Administration is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop alternatives to jet fuel.

The agencies will examine the availability of different kinds of feedstocks that could be processed by bio-refineries. Officials say, the development and deployment of alternative fuels is critical to achieving carbon neutral aviation growth by the year 2020.

As part of the effort, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the implementation of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (or BCAP). That program reimburses farmers or other producers for the cost of planting and producing eligible renewable biomass crops - up to 75 percent - within specified areas.

To further stabilize the cost of jet fuel, the agencies have also entered a five year agreement to develop aviation fuel from forest and crop residues and other "green" feedstocks.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology , USDA , Scott Carr

Monday - 11/01/2010, 07:39pm EDT

Developers break ground on area's tallest building

Ground has been broken on what's being labeled as an "iconic" tower that will soon be the region's tallest building.

Tags: Rosslyn , Rosslyn Metro , North Moore Street , Monday Properties , construction , Arlington County Board , Jay Fisette , Hank Silverberg

Thursday - 10/14/2010, 04:44pm EDT

Identity Management - "Progress & Best Practices"

October 19th at 12PM

Program will discuss the progress report on the Identity Management efforts in the Federal Government, Progress & Best Practices, challenges to overcome, interoperability with programs and the vision for the future for Identity Management.

Tags: technology , Federal Executive Forum , Trezza Media Group , Jim Flyzik , The Flyzik Group , Mike Butler , Judy Spencer , Ashley Stevenson , Peter Engel Alan Carswell , UMUC , SafeNet , HP , GSA , OSD , Steven Cooper ,

Tuesday - 10/12/2010, 04:37pm EDT

New Satellite System Will Replace Radar

Move over radar... it won't be long before that decades-old technology is replaced by satellites to track all aircraft in U.S. airspace.

The Federal Aviation Administration has given the green light for a full-scale, nationwide deployment of a new satellite-based surveillance system called Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast, or ADS-B. The technology has been successfully rolled out at four key testing sites.

The FAA says the system tracks aircraft with greater accuracy, integrity and reliability than radar-based systems. Controller screens update more frequently and show more detailed information, including the type of aircraft, its call sign, heading, altitude and speed.

Every part of the country now covered by radar will eventually have ADS-B coverage. Nationwide coverage is expected to be complete by 2013.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology , Scott Carr

Tuesday - 10/05/2010, 07:16pm EDT

Randy Babbitt meets FAA goals with technology

The FAA is transitioning between the worlds of ground-based and satellite-based systems. We get an update from Administrator Babbitt.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , Randy Babbitt , NextGen , pilot work rules , drone flights , southwest border , technology , Suzanne Kubota

Thursday - 09/16/2010, 09:31am EDT
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