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Russellville rocket team sets sights on NASA Student Launch program

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A student team from Russellville is aiming for even loftier goals after winning a major U.S. rocketry competition and then a high-profile international contest at this summer’s Paris Air Show. The RCS Engineering Team, made up of seven middle and high school students from...

Written by Jerry Underwood

TechHire Initiative to advance Birmingham technology sector

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The growing tech sector in Birmingham will get a boost from the city being selected to take part in the TechHire Initiative, a White House program that creates pathways to well-paying technology jobs. Birmingham, which has targeted 300 new tech jobs,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auburn University, NASA to explore 3-D printing applications

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AUBURN, Alabama – Auburn University and NASA today signed a Space Act Agreement to explore and advance the applications of additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing -- a technology that will revolutionize how all kinds of products, from simple items to components in rocket engines,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Renewable energy options will boost Alabama competitiveness

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Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield says initiatives to expand the availability of renewable energy in the state will enhance Alabama’s ability to compete for some economic development projects. This year, TVA entered into a 20-year agreement to purchase 80 megawatts of solar power from...

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Google Alabama data center will provide boost to state’s tech sector

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Top Alabama economic development officials believe Google’s plans to build a $600 million data center in Jackson County will optimize efforts to expand the state’s high-tech industry sector. Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, said Google is a tech giant whose...

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Alabama Innovation Fund to award grants for technology growth

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The Alabama Innovation Fund has $4.5 million to support programs that seek to leverage research performed by the state’s universities and other institutions to generate new ventures, create jobs and spur additional economic development opportunities. Created in 2012 as part of the “Accelerate Alabama”

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6 startup teams advance to Alabama Launchpad final round

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Alabama Launchpad, a premier entrepreneurship competition, announced that six startup teams are one step closer to winning a share of up to $250,000 that could help them to take their venture to the next level. Ten teams competed last week at...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Google to build $600 million Alabama data center

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Google announced plans today to build a $600 million data center in northeast Alabama’s Jackson County, creating up to 100 jobs at a state-of-the-art facility designed for efficiency and powered by renewable energy. The data center will act as a hub for Internet traffic,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Marshall engineers 3-D print copper rocket part in NASA milestone

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – NASA engineers at Alabama’s Marshall Space Flight Center have produced the first full-scale, copper rocket part using additive manufacturing – a milestone for aerospace 3-D printing. The part is a combustion chamber liner that must operate at extreme conditions during flight.

Written by Jerry Underwood

Twin entrepreneurs behind RadioBro target mini-satellite, aviation opportunities

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PARIS -- Twin brothers Mark and Eric Becnel built their first mini-satellite while attending the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Now 27, they operate a company that has developed communications radios for small spacecraft and a data logging kit for aircraft testing that will be...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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