Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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Video: Inside the Plane Every NASA Astronaut Must Learn to Fly

March 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many important aspects of the U.S. space program in the 1960s have long since been retired. The T-38, however, has been in use by NASA since 1961 and is still an important part of astronaut training. "Reading out of a book or sitting in the simulator, it's never gonna be...

Video: The Best Ways to Preserve Your Smartphone's Battery

March 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A short battery life is everyone's biggest smartphone pet peeve. To prolong any device's battery, be sure to uninstall apps known to hog memory and power, like the Facebook app. Users should also turn down screen brightness and switch off Bluetooth and GPS until they need to use those features....

Video: How Drones Can Help Save the California Coast

March 10, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are you a drone pilot who wants to help the environment? The Nature Conservancy is looking for you. The organization needs volunteers in California to fly their drones over the shore to take pictures. "We want to know what are the impacts of sea-level rise on our coast line," said...

Video: Think You Have What it Takes To Be a NASA Astronaut?

March 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's no surprise that more than 18,000 people applied to be a part of NASA's 2017 astronaut class. "Astronaut" has long been a dream job for many. However, it's a difficult job and requires a lot of training -- just ask newly returned astronaut Scott Kelly. So, what do you...

Video: Google's Hands Free App Lets Your Leave Your Wallet, Smartphone at Home

March 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mobile payment apps like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay are promising to revolutionize the way we shop. But what if we could spend our hard-earned money without lifting a finger? Google's new app "Hands Free" promises to achieve just that. Separate from Android Pay, the app uses Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and...

Video: This Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Paralyzed Man Walk

March 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For people with paralysis or other disabilities, the robotic exoskeleton is a hope for the future. Many models, however, are very heavy and difficult to put on without assistance. In contrast, the Phoenix exoskeleton from SuitX weighs only 27 lbs. The suit is broken into various modules, making it customizable...

Video: How to Prevent Your iPhone’s Security Feature From Destroying Your Data

March 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An Apple security feature has been in the news lately for blocking the FBI from unlocking an iPhone. That same security feature works the same for the rest of us. It can kick you out of your phone and permanently erase your data after 10 failed pass code attempts. That...

Video: Meet the New Digital Assistant Smarter than Siri

March 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Personal assistant apps like Siri and Google Now can feel very futuristic, but sometimes aren't very effective. Enter Hound. Just like its competition, it uses voice recognition and can also tell you the weather forecast, update you on sports scores and search the Web. But instead of requiring users to...

Video: This App Turns Your Phone Into a Car Key

March 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For all of those who ever lost their keys, the idea of an app that can unlock a car might seem like an ingenious idea. Volvo is developing just that. The app will use a Bluetooth connection, so if a driver is nearby, he or she can simply unlock their...

Video: What NASA Learned From Astronauts Spending a Year in Space

February 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A remarkable International Space Station experiment is coming to a close. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are wrapping up their year in space aboard the ISS and will return to Earth on March 1. What was their lengthy mission all about? "A one-way trip to Mars...

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