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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: NASA's Path to Mars

May 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When it comes to space travel, these days the question on everyone's mind is: When are we going to Mars? Robotic explorers have studied the Red Planet for decades, but putting living, breathing humans on the surface will be a more difficult endeavor. NASA is looking at reaching asteroids first,...

Watch the Energy Secretary Test Drive a 3-D-Printed Car

May 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 3-D printing has gained traction in recent years, both in government and industry, and now the Energy Department has taken it to the next level. The agency's Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently finished manufacturing a Shelby Cobra, and Secretary Ernest Moniz got to take the sports car out for a...

Video: Apple Now Has New Location-Tracking Powers

May 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite some directional mishaps a few years ago, Apple is once again trying to improve its mapping programs. The tech giant recently purchased company Coherent Navigation, which has created a more precise version of GPS, allowing low-orbit communication satellites to tell where a user is located within a matter of...

How NASA Space Exploration Technology Makes Big Difference in Small Business

May 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Compass Coffee, a small coffee shop in Washington, D.C., has an out-of-this world secret that helps it gain an edge on the competition. Located in the Shaw neighborhood, the shop, owned by former Marines Harrison Suarez and Michael Haft, uses NASA-patented technology to help improve its coffee. NASA engineers developed...

Video: Meet Some Helpful New Robots

May 19, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While many people think of robots as primarily terminators and predator drones, there's a new generation of social robots, designed to be people friendly. A 2-foot tall humanoid robot, Milo is designed to teach social skills to children with autism. According to research, children on the autism spectrum engaged with...

What the Pentagon Thought the Future of Cybersecurity Would Look Like in 2001

May 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly 15 years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency looked into its crystal ball and managed to accurately predict a lot of things about the future of cybersecurity technology. Recently, YouTube user Todd Heberlein unearthed the vintage DARPA film called "Strategic Cyber Defense" that was the source of those...

Video: Drones Take Center Stage at First-Ever Silicon Valley Fashion Show

May 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During most fashion weeks around the world, the focus is strictly on the clothes. But at Silicon Valley's first-ever fashion week, models weren't strutting down the runway. Instead, drones with hangars attached buzzed around and showed off designer duds. Betabrand, a San Francisco-based company that uses crowdsourcing to design its...

Video: The Hubble Space Telescope at 25

May 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Hubble telescope has been fundamental in our understanding of the universe. Its launch and the subsequent photographs it has given us are a massive success for both NASA and the U.S. government. (Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a comprehensive picture of the evolving universe – among...

Video: Jetpack Travel Like You've Never Seen it Before

May 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ever wish you could just skip the commute and fly to work on a jetpack? Well, that may soon become a reality. Two daredevils recently took to the skies above Dubai to show off their jetpack prototypes. Designed by one of the pilots himself, Yves Rossy, the jetpack has fixed...

Open Data: A Multiyear Data Odyssey

May 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When many discuss open data, they refer to the finished products of GPS and weather forecasts. But how does open data go from raw numbers to citizen service? Kevin Merritt, the founder and CEO of Socrata, is here to explain. "There's not just technology, but an entire customer success methodology...