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Space

Coverage of advances in space exploration that have implications for state and local government. Includes stories about satellites, which are increasingly used to expand the availability of Internet access, as well as to capture images and gather data using sensors to monitor things like environmental conditions and infrastructure needs.

From satellite Internet to ground-station-as-a-service, space tech is a big — and increasingly well-funded — deal that's poised to have a big impact on state and local government.
Seattle's Avalanche Energy and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation received undisclosed amounts of funding from the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit to further develop two different approaches to small-scale nuclear power.
NASA projects are experiencing their largest collective cost overruns and schedule delays from their original baselines since this reporting began in 2009, though six projects account for the majority of these overruns.
These miniature nuclear power plants under development as a source of clean electricity for the United States — and for deployment in space — would be smaller than standard shipping containers.
The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday released the results of its Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) of SpaceX's orbital launch plans for the company's Boca Chica site.
In March, the U.S. House of Congress quietly gave the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base a role in the investigation of unidentified flying objects.
NASA is creating an independent team to study “events in the sky” that defy explanation, but it is not using the term UFO, instead calling them “unidentified aerial phenomena,” which is considered more accurate.
The University of Colorado Boulder and the University of California Berkeley were recently selected by NASA to build a probe to record measurements for both neutral gases and plasma at different points around the Earth.
The Federal Aviation Administration again has delayed completion of its environmental review of SpaceX's plans for an orbital launch of its Starship and Super Heavy rocket from Boca Chica, Texas.
A Virginia-based company has received a large federal contract to establish the first Space Networking Center at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, as well as a similar facility in Alabama.