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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: New IMAX Film Features Astronaut’s View of Earth

May 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ever wanted to see a bird's-eye view, or rather an astronaut's-eye view, of Earth? Unless you spend years training to enter space, that dream is unlikely to come true. IMAX, in partnership with NASA and the European Space Agency, is going to bring viewers the next best thing with the...

Video: What It's Like to Fly a Solar Airplane

May 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Solar Impulse 2, a completely solar-powered airplane, is working its way across the globe. The journey began in the United Arab Emirates in March 2015. The Solar Impulse only goes about 50 miles per hour, which is a lot slower than your average jet. But it can stay aloft...

Video: These Tiny Samsung Computers Might One Day Fill Your Home

April 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Samsung has arrived with it's own version of the Internet of Everything. The tech company has developed Artik, a system of tiny Samsung computers that power sensors and devices throughout your home. While, Artik is not fully realized, Samsung has built multiple protoypes to demonstrate just what this tiny computer...

Nextgov Discusses Data

April 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Is data the future of government? Big data and open data are often hyped as the solution to many problems facing government, but concerns abound like how to protect the privacy of the people whose information is contained within these data sets. Many in government are also wondering where to...

Video: This Drone Is Your Personal Cameraman

April 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Another day, another amazing drone. Hover Camera from Chinese startup Zero Zero Robotics is for those less interested in piloting a complex craft than they are in capturing amazing images. This compact drone can fly itself by tracking your movements with sonar and optical sensors, all while taking 4K resolution...

Video: How to Control a Robot with the Flick of a Wrist

April 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine being able to fly a drone without having to learn how to use a complex remote control or download an app. It would follow you with just a wave of your hand, as if you were a Jedi, trained in the ways of the Force. Startup Metron Force is...

Video: 5 Shortcuts for Android Users

April 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Android smartphones are highly customizable, so users can set up all sorts of features to make their phone perfect for themselves. Users can make a few tweaks to launch the camera with just one touch, for those gone-in-an-instant photo moments. They can also remove the phone lock-screen in designated "trusted"...

Video: NASA's Next Great Space Telescope

April 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA plans to launch the James Webb Space Telescope in 2018. Once in orbit, the infrared telescope will outpace Hubble in its ability to see stars and galaxies millions and billions of light years away. "It will show us the first stars and galaxies that formed in the early universe,"...

Video: Inside the World's Most Secretive Startup

April 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Immersive virtual reality, like that of Oculus Rift, can put you in a new world for a brief amount of time. But what if virtual reality became mixed reality and appeared to interact with real, solid objects in front of you? That's what southern Florida start-up Magic Leap is working...

Video: Which Smartphone Voice Assistant Sounds Most Human?

April 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google recently updated the voice of its digital assistant to sound more human and less robotic. However, will a more natural voice correspond with better answers from Google Now? Many are also curious as to how the three main smartphone assistants Siri, Google Now and Cortana stack up against each...