The five biggest effects Trump has had on the US space program

1. From Mars to the moon

On December 11, 2017, Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1, which officially called for NASA to begin work on a human exploration program that would return astronauts to the surface of the moon and lay the groundwork for a sustained presence (i.e., a lunar colony). This was a pivot from President Obama’s directions for NASA to build a program that would take humans to Mars in the 2030s and establish a sustained presence there. The plan was for the moon missions to utilize the architectures being developed for Mars, such as the next-generation Space Launch System and the Orion deep space crew capsule.

Early last year, the administration accelerated the timeline for the return to 2024. “The common thread among many of the policy options, transition and industry officials said, is a focus on projects able to attract widespread voter support that realistically

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eSight Earns International Recognition For New Medical Device, Workplace Assistive Technology Program

TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Leading vision-enhancement company, eSight, has won two awards for its eSight Workplace program, which provides an all-in-one assistive device with a comprehensive support program, enabling companies to easily and cost-effectively empower employees with serious visual impairments.

The awards recognized eSight for quickly developing the program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Golden Bridge Awards, which recognize innovation and achievement for businesses around the world, named eSight a gold winner for “Company Work-From-Home Implementation of the Year.” The Pillar World Awards recognized eSight as a silver winner for “Company Innovation of the Year for Tackling COVID-19 with Innovative Ways.” The awards recognize the best employee and employer achievements each year.

According to the American Foundation for the Blind’s Flatten Inaccessibility report, 22% of people with visual impairments were unable to access essential job technology from home during the pandemic. Screen readers and software

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New laptop loaner program proves popular with students

Over 230 students at Texas A&M International University this fall have tapped into a new program that ensures their access to technology … at absolutely no cost to them.

TAMIU’s Loaner Laptop Program provides students with Dell Latitude 3410 laptops with 14-inch display, camera and microphone. They’re pre-loaded with software suitable for TAMIU classes and online and cloud connectivity. Available on a semester-long basis, they are subject to status checks. The initiative is funded by the TAMIU CARES program.

Scheiby González Fisher, executive director of the sponsoring Office of Outreach and Pre-College Programs, said reaction from students has been overwhelmingly positive.

“For many, it was an instant relief. They knew that they’d have the access they needed this semester. It truly helped to affirm our university’s commitment to our students’ success. These are challenging times for all students, and making sure that they have access to the tools they need

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Lacework Expands “Accelerate” Partner Program for Cloud Generation of Technology and Services Partners Building Secure Software Businesses

Cloud and DevOps Partners Bring Speed, Visibility, and Safety to Cloud-Born Digital Businesses

Lacework, the security platform for the cloud generation, today announced expansion of its global Technology and Solutions partner program—Lacework Accelerate—to bring cloud-first security to teams building on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. Lacework’s ecosystem partners enable DevOps teams to infuse security best practices throughout the application lifecycle with the tooling they already rely on. Lacework Solutions Partners are able to quickly deploy security and compliance for customers while focusing on project delivery, quality, and process improvement.

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Lacework Accelerate Ecosystem (Graphic: Business Wire)

“The Lacework Accelerate program consists of a vibrant partner ecosystem and is developing meaningful relationships and technical integrations that result in real advantages for our customers. Our focus is on creating tangible value through the partnerships we establish as we

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Amazon’s New Panel Program Is An Anticompetitive Nightmare

Illustration for article titled Amazon Isnt Even Hiding Its Intentions Anymore

Photo: Ina Fassbender (Getty Images)

After spending years promising Congress that the data it collected from third-party sellers wasn’t used to beef up its private-label products, today Amazon decided to roll out a product meant to do exactly that. The Amazon Shopper Panel, as it’s called, promises to pay Amazon customers that offer intel to the ecommerce giant about where they shop when they’re not shopping on Amazon dot com.

Here’s how the Shopper Panel works: After getting an IRL or e-receipt from any business that isn’t owned by Amazon (so Whole Foods or Four Star locations are not eligible), panelists can either submit a picture of that receipt through the app, or in the case of digital copies, forward their emailed details to a panel-specific email address. According to the Panel website, folks that upload “at least” 10 receipts per month can either

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Propel Dayton: UD’s new program for entrepreneurs designed to move start-ups forward : University of Dayton, Ohio

With a generous gift from an anonymous donor, the University of Dayton Office of Technology and Entrepreneurial Partnerships has launched Propel Dayton, a program designed to support prospective entrepreneurs in starting a new business around a technology developed at UD.

Propel Dayton was created in response to UD President Eric F. Spina’s inaugural speech calling for the creation of “innovative policies, practices and incentives” to advance entrepreneurship within the University. While the program was created primarily to support UD faculty and staff in commercializing their technologies, Propel Dayton also will work with promising entrepreneurs in the Dayton region interested in bringing technologies developed by the University to market.

“Innovative tech start-ups are important to economic development,” said Mathew Willenbrink, director of technology and entrepreneurial partnerships at UD. “Much of Dayton’s economy was based on entrepreneurship historically, and our goal is to provide opportunities and resources for local entrepreneurs to build

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Dovel Subsidiary, AceInfo Awarded FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Modernization and Support Contract

MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Dovel Technologies announced today that Ace Info Solutions, LLC (AceInfo) has been awarded an Alliant 2 Task Order from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program  NFIP) supporting the development, maintenance and continued modernization of its PIVOT system. The PIVOT system helps facilitate and consolidate NFIP’s core business activities as it processes and manages flood insurance policies. This contract includes product development and enhancement, robust data analytics to support better-informed, real-time decision making, O&M, end user support, program management, and security.

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“AceInfo is excited to leverage our proven agile solutions development expertise to support this mission-critical program,” said Mike Cosgrave, AceInfo COO. “We greatly value our strong relationship with FEMA and are committed to supporting the PIVOT transformation.”

Together, Dovel and AceInfo’s approach to technology solution development is fueled by an

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