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To the Moon and Back: How Dallas-Based Jacobs Supported the Artemis 1 Space Mission

by | Dec 12, 2022
Jacobs was part of the team that supported NASA on the Artemis 1 mission's 1.4-million-mile trip around the moon and back. The Orion spacecraft traveled farther than any space vehicle capable of safely transporting humans.

"With Orion's successful journey and safe return to earth, this historic mission has paved the way for a new era of scientific discovery and human exploration of deep space," Jacobs EVP Steve Arnette said.
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Follow the Money: Book.io Aims to Put E-Books on the Blockchain with New Funding, Tech Startup Kalpa Aims to Raise $1M, and More
by | Sep 30, 2022
In this week’s North Texas deal flow, you’ll also find news about crowdfunding platform Harvest Return landing $2.5M; Supply’s acquisition by Foundry Brands; Moss Adams acquiring local CPA firm Kurtz & Company P.C.; Tri Global Energy being acquired for $270M by Canada's Enbridge; and more.
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With Fresh Funding, Firehawk Aerospace Is Developing Rocket Engines and 3D-Printed Fuel As It Plans Move to New HQ in Addison
by | Sep 28, 2022
Firehawk Aerospace is developing hybrid rocket engines and 3D-printed solid rocket fuel to provide a safer, more cost-effective approach to launching payloads as it nears the close of a $17 million fundraising effort.

Co-founder and CEO Will Edwards has said his company's rocket engine "will power the next generation missile and defense systems and plans to support both launch and other systems requiring in-space propulsion."
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SMU Research Team’s Tiny Sensor May Go to Mars—and Help Spaceships Land Safely
A team led by Volkan Ötügen, director of the SMU MicroSensor Laboratory, has developed a velocity-measuring "optical microresonator" that could help spaceships land safely on Mars and other planets. It's only 2 millimeters long—about the width of two sharp pencil points.

"Every gram of a device makes a huge difference in how much fuel I will have to have on a spacecraft and how many other items I can include as payload on that spacecraft," said Ötügen, whose research is funded by NASA.
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The Moon, Mars & Beyond: Dallas‑Based Jacobs Awarded $3.9B NASA Contract

by | Jul 7, 2022
For 50 years, Dallas-based engineering giant Jacobs has partnered with NASA on its exploration of space. Now—as NASA's largest services contractor—it's been awarded nearly $4 billion to provide engineering, scientific products, and technical services at NASA's Johnson Space Center for another decade to come.

"Jacobs remains well positioned to support the future of human space exploration," says its chair and CEO, Steve Demetriou.
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Preventing Heatstroke Deaths: Plano-Based Toyota Uses 4D Radar to Detect Passengers Who’ve Been Left Behind
by | May 31, 2022
In 2021 alone, 23 kids in the U.S. died of heatstroke after being left in hot cars. Now a team from Plano-based Toyota Connected North America has developed new tech that uses millimeter-wave, high-resolution 4D imaging radar to detect passengers who've been left behind in a vehicle.

When that happens, a long list of alerts from car honks to flashing lights to texts and smart home device messages could lead to the biggest impact of all: saving a child's life.
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TWU Team Secures Patent for Astronaut Visor After Winning NASA Challenge
by | May 11, 2022
The team of Texas Woman’s University kinesiology seniors won the top prize in the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase last month at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. They enhanced a device originally designed by their predecessor team last fall—which made history by being the first all-female design team to win the competition.
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Center of Gravity: Capital Factory Kicks Off New Dallas Digs With Startup Crawl and Health Supernova Event
by | May 6, 2022
Earlier this week, the Austin-based accelerator and investor announced its plans to launch a Center for Health Innovation at Pegasus Park in Dallas.
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DI People: Jacobs, Southwest Airlines, AT&T, Sunwest Communications, KKR, Comerica, and More Make Moves

by | Mar 18, 2022
In this week's roundup of hires, promotions, and accolades in North Texas, you'll also find news from Ecobat, Wingstop, ActivePure Technologies, Communities Foundation of Texas, Texas Health Resources, and other area organizations.

Plus, meet the UT Arlington professor helping to lead a NASA mission.
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‘Eyes in the Sky’: Bell Textron Completes Autonomous Flight Test with NASA
by | Feb 14, 2022
NASA is looking to shape the future of flight, and Bell is on board. Its drone was able to successfully detect and avoid other objects in the airspace while integrating with its ground-based radar surveillance system. Bell says the flight test will aid in expanding the industry, as things like drone delivery services and air taxi companies mature.
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A NASA illustration depicts the idea of a future air taxi hovering over a municipal vertiport. [Rendering: NASA/Lillian Gipson and Kyle Jenkins]
‘Checkmate’ on Highway Congestion? Planning Agency, NASA Team Up To Introduce Airborne Drones, Taxis To Relieve DFW Traffic Jams
by | Jun 14, 2021
The North Central Texas Council of Governments and NASA are working on long-term transportation plans, from delivery drones to passenger-carrying air taxis.

The Advanced Urban Air Mobility NASA partnership is one of many irons NCTCOG has in the fire to improve traffic flow in one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation.
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Artificial Hearts to Remote Monitoring: Fort Worth Startup Brings Medical Devices to Life
by | Mar 31, 2021
DesignPlex Biomedical, which won a licensing deal from NASA to produce its ventilators last summer, partners with organizations and entrepreneurs to turn ideas into prototypes—and turn prototypes into commercial products—bringing critical new technology to market.

A new ISO certification covers the design, development, and manufacturing of medical devices.
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Microsoft To Partner with State and Local Leaders To Accelerate Digital Learning Across Texas

by | Oct 22, 2020
Microsoft and the Texas Education Agency are collaborating on digital skills programs statewide that tackle issues such as STEM engagement and talent pipeline growth.
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Out of Stealth, Dallas ‘Smart Computing’ Platform Joins Highly Selective 5G Open Innovation Lab—and Wins a Global Competition
by | Sep 23, 2020
Taubyte wants to make edge computing easier: "There are still too many Ops, and that doesn't scale in a 5G world," founder Samy Fodil says. That’s why the bootstrapped startup has developed a "NoOps" computing platform to help businesses adopt IoT and infrastructure software.

In joining the 5G Open Innovation Lab founded by T-Mobile, Intel, and NASA, the startup hopes to become the de facto computing platform for IoT.
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Two TechFW Clients Receive Awards from NASA and the National Eye Institute
by | Jun 1, 2020
DesignPlex Biomedical was given a royalty-free license by NASA to commercialize a new ventilator for coronavirus patients. Nanoscope Technologies got more than $2 million from the National Eye Institute to advance its gene therapy treatment.
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To the Moon: NASA Johnson Space Center Awards Jacobs a $478M Contract Extension
by | May 6, 2020
As NASA's largest services provider, the contract—valued at more than $1.9 billion total—continues Jacobs' almost 20-year relationship with the NASA space center.
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