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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”

Written by Jerry Underwood

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...

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Alabama rocketeer Tim Pickens talks space flight, rocket bikes

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Like the city where he lives, Tim Pickens has rockets in his DNA. Over the years, Pickens has earned a reputation for masterminding an unconventional propulsion system that took a private spacecraft to the edge of space and for quirky inventions...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Archangel Systems takes off with global aviation companies

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AUBURN, Alabama – For Michael Greene, an electrical engineer with experience working on aerospace projects, it all started with failed mechanical gyros on a cross country flight in his private plane. Determined to create something more reliable, Greene started Archangel Systems in Auburn more...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama students blast off to victory in largest rocketry competition

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A team of students from Russellville won first place in the world’s largest rocketry competition, earning the right to represent the United States in an international fly-off at the Paris International Airshow in June. The RCS Engineers Rocketry Team beat out 100 competing teams...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards nomination deadline looms

Innovation

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Nominations are open for the 2015 Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards, which recognize significant contributions to the state’s innovation economy. Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, will accept nominations through May 17 for the annual awards. Winners will...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance targets research breakthroughs

Innovation

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Promising new therapies for debilitating diseases like diabetes and Parkinson’s are stemming from drug discovery work taking place in Alabama research facilities – an effort that’s getting a $2 million infusion from two insurers. At the center of this high-potential research...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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