From a spacecraft that captures asteroids to a telescope that reveals details of the universe, NASA's upcoming missions will break ground in space science and technology.
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Since retiring the space shuttle program in 2011, NASA has been trying to privatize the U.S. space industry. In 2010, the Obama administration created a public-private partnership plan, called the Commercial Crew Program (CCP), to help the U.S. develop spacecraft that can transport astronauts to the International Space Station and other low-Earth-orbit destinations. NASA has three American partners -- SpaceX, Boeing and Sierra Nevada -- on board for the CCP. However, Congress did not provide the space agency with its requested funding for the CCP this year, thus delaying U.S. launches until 2017. In the meantime, NASA struck a $424 million agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency to continue using its crew transportation services until 2016, with return and rescue services extending through June 2017.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?
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