Pamela Melroy in a formal NASA portrait prior to her shuttle flights. Credit: NASA

Pam Melroy truly has the right stuff. Her extensive experience in a variety of roles, both in government and in private industry, make her an excellent choice for Deputy Administrator of NASA”

— Anita Gale, CEO, National Space Society

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, April 16, 2021 / — The National Space Society is proud to support the nomination of former astronaut Pamela Melroy as the Deputy Administrator of NASA, where she will support Administrator nominee Bill Nelson. Melroy was the second woman to command the space shuttle, ultimately flying three missions. She also has experience in the private aerospace sector, having worked as the Deputy Manager, Space Exploration Initiatives for Lockheed Martin. Melroy served as the director of field operations for the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation and was later the Deputy Director of the Tactical Technology Office for DARPA.

“The NSS is quite pleased with the nomination of Pam Melroy,” said Anita Gale, the CEO of the National Space Society. “As a former aerospace engineer who worked on the shuttle program, I understand what it takes for women to thrive in the field, and she truly has the right stuff. Her extensive experience in a variety of roles, both in government and in private industry, make her an excellent choice for Deputy Administrator of NASA.”

In addition to her credentials in business and government, Melroy served in the U.S. Air Force, graduating from the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base and retiring as a colonel. Prior to her test pilot work, she flew a KC-10 during Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and has over 5,000 hours of flight time in over 50 different aircraft. She holds undergraduate degrees in physics and astronomy, and a graduate degree in planetary sciences from MIT.

The National Space Society was founded in 1987 via a merger of the National Space Institute, founded to promote citizen support for the American space program, and the L5 Society, based on the work of space settlement pioneer Gerard K. O’Neill. The NSS is the preeminent citizen's voice on space exploration, development, and settlement. For more information go to

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CHATSWORTH, GA, USA, April 16, 2021 / —

CIMBAR Performance Minerals, Inc., a division of United Minerals and Properties, Inc., today announced it has completed its acquisition of the U.S. Barite and Alumina Trihydrate manufacturing assets and business of TOR Minerals.

“With this acquisition complete, CIMBAR has delivered on a key component of our growth strategy. The TOR manufacturing site broadens our portfolio and will further support our primary goal of providing products to our customers from multiple locations, thus offering superior product security, availability, and business continuity. I am delighted to officially welcome all of the employees and associates of TOR Minerals to CIMBAR and look forward to the growth we can achieve as one company,” said Albert Wilson, President and CEO of CPM.

TOR Minerals International, Inc., established in 1980, is headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas, with manufacturing and regional offices located in the United States, Netherlands and Malaysia. The Company is a global producer of high-performance, specialty mineral products focused on product innovation and technical support. TOR’s specialty mineral products, which include flame retardant and smoke suppressant fillers, engineered fillers, and titanium dioxide color hybrid pigments, are designed for use in plastic, coatings, paints and catalysts applications, as well as a wide range of other industrial applications.

CIMBAR Performance Minerals is a global leader in the delivery of performance mineral solutions across multiple industries specializing in barium sulfate, talc, alumina trihydrate (ATH) and post-consumer recycled mineral-based fillers. Headquartered in Chatsworth, GA. CIMBAR produces industrial minerals at twelve production sites in the US, with 3 additional production sites in Mexico, China, and Pakistan.
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Closing the Gap in Gender in STEAM All Girls S.T.E.A.M./S.T.E.M. Expo Nationwide

Girls engaged in projects at STEAM Expo

We have a plethora of professionals speaking at the event to expand the minds of the students so that they think outside of the box and get exposed to different professions.”

— Veronica Kummerfeldt, Director of Operations and STEAM

DIAMOND BAR, CALIFORNIA, USA, April 15, 2021 / — National College Resources Foundation (NCRF) will host an All Girls STEAM Expo April 23, 2021 from 3:30 p.m.- 7 p.m. PST, featuring 30+ young women sharing information about their exciting careers in STEAM. NCRF’s STEAM acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Agriculture, Aviation, Aerospace and Math. The event was created to target young ladies 12 to 18 years due to the gender gap in STEAM fields.

All Girls S.T.E.A.M. Expo’s goal is to ignite the curiosity of young students regarding their options in various career paths. Research shows by the time students reach college, women are significantly underrepresented in STEM majors. Only 21% of engineering majors are women and approximately 19% of computer and information science majors are women. Over thirty young STEAM professionals will be on hand virtually to encourage more girls to enter the S.T.E.A.M. fields so by sharing with girls they too can be an inventor, scientist, engineer, or astronomer, no matter their ethnicity or gender.

Girls have fewer role models to inspire their interest in STEAM fields. NCRF’s Director of Operations and STEAM Veronica Kummerfeldt says NCRF is on a mission to change that. “There are even fewer role models of Black women in math and science, says Kummerfeldt. “We have a plethora of professionals speaking at the event to expand the minds of the students so that they think outside of the box and get exposed to different professions,” added Kummerfeldt.

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The event will be hosted on a Hopin platform. Students can connect using a laptop, desktop, or tablet device, or even your cell phone.

About the Students Think STEAM Expo
Students Think STEAM EXPO is a program of National College Resources Foundation (NCRF), a 501c3 non-profit organization that functions daily as a full service student outreach program in various schools throughout California. NCRF’s mission is to curtail the high school dropout rate and increase degree and/or certificate enrollment among underserved, underrepresented, at risk, low resource, homeless and foster students. NCRF’s vision is to close the gap in educational achievement, workforce and economic disparities with the goal to end racism and racial inequalities.

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Since 2001, GADC Annual Economic Impact Grows to $6 Billion and 64,784 Jobs in Greenville County, SC


GADC celebrates 20 years of service to Greenville SC

County economic development arm shown to stimulate economic diversification, produce powerful employment multiplier

The sheer magnitude of both the annual economic impact and sustained job creation in Greenville County, SC has been an exclamation point of the GADC’s efforts”

— Dr. Joseph Von Nessen

GREENVILLE, SC, USA, April 15, 2021 / — As Greenville County, South Carolina’s economic development arm – the Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC) – kicks off celebration of its 20th Anniversary this summer, researchers from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina have estimated that the GADC’s total economic impact in the county exceeds $6 billion annually and sustains 64,784 jobs in Greenville County alone.

When the 10-county Upstate region (Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Cherokee, Union, Abbeville, and Greenwood) is considered, the total economic impact of Greenville’s success climbs to $6.9 billion annually and supports 82,693 jobs.

Researchers also noted that, from the GADC’s launch in July 2001, the cumulative impact of all GADC-affiliated business activities total over $55 billion.

The research team noted that “Greenville County and the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin metropolitan region have both been principal drivers of South Carolina’s growth throughout the 21st century – and especially since 2010,” noted study principal author Dr. Joseph Von Nessen.

“Led by manufacturing in general and transportation equipment manufacturing in particular — a subsector which has experienced one of the highest growth rates among all state industries since 2010 at more than 3 times the state average – the percentage of the Greenville metropolitan region’s economy tied to manufacturing is almost twice that of Charleston or Columbia and significantly exceeds both South Carolina and national levels,” added Dr. Von Nessen.

The sheer magnitude of both the annual economic impact and sustained job creation in Greenville County has been an exclamation point of the GADC’s efforts, noted Dr. Von Nessen in the report.

“To the extent that job announcements in Greenville County since 2001 with which the GADC has been directly affiliated have been realized, these jobs comprise over one quarter of the local employment base,” he stated.

Greenville County has also realized significant industry diversification over the last decade, a critical contributor to boosting Greenville County long-run economic growth rates by better insulating the county from major downturns in any one sector. This is further evidenced in Greenville County’s rapid rebound in employment following the dramatic unemployment rise caused here at home and around the world by the COVID pandemic. By April 2020, state unemployment had spiked from 2.8 to 11.5 percent due to the pandemic; in February 2021, Greenville County unemployment had dropped back to 4.5% — well below South Carolina’s 5.2% and fourth lowest in the state – and continues to improve.

While the five largest industry sectors in Greenville County have remained the same since 2001 and collectively represent approximately 83 percent of the county’s total employment base throughout this period, employment within the five sectors has become more evenly distributed – driven in large part by the growing presence of a variety of professional service firms with local headquarters, including financial, management, and engineering firms. GADC recruitment efforts have strongly helped contribute to this trend.

Upon examination, GADC’s 300+ announcements since 2001 represent new, recurring economic activity in the county and are estimated to support a total annual economic impact of $6.0 billion in Greenville County alone — representing approximately 17.4 percent of Greenville County’s economy or total GDP.

Nearly half of the business investments and operations that the GADC has helped to attract and retain are contained within sectors of the Greenville economy principally responsible for having generated the highest rates of growth over the past decade in the community.

Dr. Von Nessen also pointed to the GADC’s focus on attracting and growing industries with strong “ripple effects” on regional employment as a key contributor to the report’s strong results.

“GADC-affiliated announcements also include an employment multiplier effect of 2.1, meaning that for every 10 jobs that follow business announcements tied directly to GADC-affiliated activities, an additional 11 jobs are created elsewhere in Greenville County,” he said. “In addition, this employment multiplier effect increases to an estimated value of 2.6 when extending the analysis to the broader Upstate region. These multiplier effects are significantly higher than that of the average industry in South Carolina at 1.6.”

Despite the pandemic, the Greenville Area Development Corporation announced another record year for economic development in Greenville County in 2020, with some 25 organizations – domestic and foreign, manufacturing and office, large and small, public and private – choosing to locate to or expand here, noted GADC President and CEO Mark Farris.

“Combined, the organizations represented a record $631 million in new capital investment to enhance the tax base plus 1,422 new jobs to keep Greenville’s economy humming,” said Mr. Farris. “It was arguably one of Greenville County’s most rewarding and remarkable years ever in terms of economic development.

“The year began normally for everyone, and we were bullish on 2020 coming off one of Greenville’s best years ever for economic development in 2019, “ said Mr. Farris. “But when COVID hit in March, all bets were off. As organizations of all types have done, we had to completely rethink how to conduct business to keep the investment and growth pipeline open for Greenville County. I couldn’t be prouder of our team, our Board and our Investors and allies, and the year’s results speak for themselves.”

The $631 million in new capital investment shattered the county’s prior annual high investment of $476 million set in 2014, while the job additions – despite the impact of the pandemic – pushed the GADC’s cumulative job announcement total over the 30,000 mark during its history – the equivalent of creating the 13th largest city in the state right here in Greenville County.

“Greenville County uses smart, strategic economic development to opens paths for residents to improve their quality of life through meaningful employment, and to help them contribute to the broader community by creating avenues for self-improvement and financial security,” said Willis Meadows, Chairman of Greenville County Council and a member of the GADC Board of Directors, stated at the time. “These results show that we are building on the depth and breadth of a solid foundation and that the future here looks bright indeed.”

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Launch of World’s First Shariah Compliance Certified Surgical Mask

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Made in Singapore Surgical Mask by The Mask Fellows

Made-in-Singapore Surgical Masks attains Shariah Certificate, at the same time exceeding global masks standards

This Shariah Compliance certification makes TMF the first in the world to be Shariah compliant – we envision a product that is globally embraced by all cultures”

— Mr Daniel Chui, CEO

SINGAPORE, April 15, 2021 / — The Wellness Fellows Pte Ltd, a surgical mask manufacturer in Singapore has attained the Shariah Compliance Certification which comply with Shariah (Ethical) Guidelines, certified by United World Halal Development (UNWHD), a global consultant and certification Company with its headquarters in Singapore.

Marketed under the brand The Mask Fellows (TMF), TMF surgical masks are foremost approved by Health Sciences Authority Singapore. TMF standards also exceeded the world surgical masks specifications of ASTM Level 3 and EN Type IIR. The masks are manufactured in ISO 7 cleanrooms and are also certified under ISO 13485 and attained CE marking. TMF masks are hypoallergenic, odourless and extremely comfortable.

TMF masks are scrutinised by UNWHD’s stringent process to ensure no ethyl alcohol (ethanol), harmful chemicals nor animal derived ingredients are used the manufacturing process that is against the Islamic Shariah Law.

“We spare no efforts to ensure our masks not only comply to, but exceeds international surgical masks standards. This certification makes TMF the first in the world to be Shariah compliant – we envision a product that is globally embraced by all cultures,” explained Mr. Daniel Chui, CEO of TWF.

“Singapore is such a dynamic country that has always been a front runner as a pioneer to take such new and advanced initiatives to attract new market opportunities and great advancements. It sets as an example to have such certified products to prevent people from falling for ineffectual products. Singapore is a leader to showcase innovations and ideas and it has always been leading by example for other countries,” said Mr. Mohamed Jinnah, Chairman of UNWHD.

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Citizant Wins $12.7M Task Order for U.S. Space Force-Hosted SharePoint Support

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Citizant: IT & Business Modernization Solution for Federal Agencies



Enterprise Information Services III O&M project awarded on the Air Force’s SBEAS contract

Citizant is honored to provide the U.S. Space Force with high-quality IT services to ensure the operational availability of its USSF-hosted SharePoint environment.”

— Michael Barnes

CHANTILLY, VA, USA, April 15, 2021 / — Citizant, Inc., a Woman-Owned Small Business, has been awarded a $12.7 million task order for the United States Space Force (USSF) Headquarters Enterprise Information Services III (EIS III) Operations and Maintenance Support program. The 5-year task order was issued on the Air Force SBEAS contract that was awarded in December 2019.

The EIS III task order supports more than 31,000 Space Guardians and staff and will provide USSF HQ with O&M services for unclassified and classified enterprise SharePoint applications and systems, including administration, operations, engineering, and solution development. Citizant will also provide program management, training, and help desk support services. Citizant’s winning solution includes a dedicated, secure computing laboratory/data center near Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Col., for application development and testing.

“Citizant is honored to provide the U.S. Space Force with high-quality IT services to ensure the operational availability of its USSF-hosted SharePoint environment,” said Michael Barnes, Vice President of DoD Programs at Citizant. “Our unique High Availability Service Delivery Model offers unrivaled sustainment and modernization expertise. This assures global military customers like the Space Force that they will have dependable support for their mission-critical classified and unclassified enterprise applications.”

The Air Force’s Small Business Enterprise Applications Solutions (SBEAS) IDIQ contract replaced the NETCENTS-2 contract. Citizant and its SBEAS partners – with combined experience and expertise across all of the Air Force Major Commands – are passionate about the Air Force's mission and provide innovative solutions. Citizant will leverage its quality certifications including ISO 9001, ISO 20000, ISO 27001, and CMMI-SVC and CMMI DEV Maturity Level 3, to provide the Air Force with high-levels of service quality, continuous process improvement, and data-driven results.

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About Citizant, Inc.
Citizant designs and delivers smarter, leaner business and IT transformation solutions for the U.S. government. The company employs leading experts in Agile transformation, DevSecOps automation, Identity Credentialing & Access Management (ICAM), enterprise IT solutions, and process maturity. Citizant’s Civilian Business Unit is appraised at Maturity Level 3 for both CMMI® Development and Services Version 2.0, making Citizant the 4th company worldwide to achieve this distinction. The company is also certified in ISO 9001:2015 for Talent Acquisition, ISO 20000-1:2018 for Shared Services, and ISO 27001:2013 for Information Security. Citizant is headquartered in Chantilly, Va., with employees supporting government customers in 26 states and Puerto Rico. Follow Citizant on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Bruce Milligan
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XTI Aircraft Company and Estonian Agencies sign MoU to recognize Estonia as a Regional Mobility Hub

TriFan 600 VTOL Aircraft over Talinn

TriFan 600 VTOL Range

The organizations intend to work with XTI to establish a presence in Tallinn, Estonia to directly serve the region.

It’s a true honor that aviation pioneer XTI Aircraft has turned its eyes to Estonia with regards to establishing its presence in Europe.”

— Kristo Reinsalu, GM, Estonia Aviation Cluster

DENVER, COLORADO, USA, April 15, 2021 / — XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Aviation Cluster (EAC), and the Estonian Aviation Academy (EAVA) to recognize Estonia as a Regional Mobility hub for the TriFan 600, the world’s first civilian hybrid-electric long-range vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) airplane. The organizations intend to collaborate with XTI to establish a corporate presence in Tallinn, Estonia to directly serve the region.

“We are excited to partner with Enterprise Estonia, the EAC, and the EAVA to serve the needs of the regional air mobility market,” said Robert LaBelle, Chief Executive Officer, XTI Aircraft Company. He added: “Given Estonia’s track record of being at the forefront of technology innovation, we intend to foster this relationship to deliver maximum results for both parties to include long range mobility utilizing clean aviation technology, while expanding the country’s aerospace centers of excellence.”

Estonia’s unique location in Europe means it could revolutionize regional connectivity by connecting hundreds of active airports and 100 million people inside a circle of 1000 km by using advanced air mobility solutions such as the TriFan 600. Additionally, Estonia intends to become one of Europe’s climate neutral aviation spots with all regional domestic flights becoming net carbon emission-free by 2030.

Sigrid Harjo, Member of Enterprise Estonia’s Management Board said: "The Estonian Investment Agency is very pleased to support advanced technology companies like XTI Aircraft. Estonia embraces innovative solutions and wants to be at the forefront of implementing them, so it’s the perfect place for XTI Aircraft to use as a testbed for its innovative planes and as a regional hub in the future.”

Mr Kristo Reinsalu, General Manager of the EAC, added: "It’s a true honor that aviation pioneer XTI Aircraft has turned its eyes to Estonia with regards to establishing its presence in Europe. We are very excited to see how XTI and VTOL technology can bring Estonian connectivity to a whole new level. Tallinn has enormous potential to become a regional air mobility hub by 2026.”

About XTI Aircraft Company and the TriFan 600:
XTI Aircraft Company is a privately owned aviation business based near Denver, Colorado. XTI is guided by a leadership team with decades of aviation experience and success bringing new aircraft to market. XTI is founded on a culture of customer-focused problem solving to meet the evolving needs of modern travelers. As the world’s first long-range civilian hybrid electric VTOL airplane, the TriFan is a major breakthrough in aviation and air travel. The six-seat TriFan 600 will have the speed, range, and comfort of a luxury business aircraft and the ability to take off and land vertically, like a helicopter.

About the Estonian Aviation Cluster:
Estonian Aviation Cluster (EAC) is a private not-for-profit organization which was established in January 2019. EAC, a member of the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (with 45 members) brings together the aerospace industry and connects it to the global network of aerospace clusters.

About the Estonian Aviation Academy:
The Estonian Aviation Academy is a leading higher education institution in the Baltic region, educating and training specialists for aviation enterprises and organisations as well as providing research and development services.

About the Estonian Investment Agency:
The Estonian Investment Agency, a part of Enterprise Estonia, is a government agency with the mission to help foreign investors grow their businesses and improve their competitiveness.

Media Contact for XTI Aircraft Company:
Robert LaBelle
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XTI Aircraft Company


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Top CNC Manufacturing Company WayKen: A Market Leader in CNC Machining Services

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CNC machining parts

Top CNC Manufacturer in China, WayKen, proactively promotes their CNC machining services in the global market

WayKen is always dedicated to being a reliable, quick-turn supplier of machined plastic and metal components, as well as providing the best CNC services for each customer.”

— Founder Raymond

SHENZHEN, GUANGDONG, CHINA, April 15, 2021 / — Computer Numerical Control (CNC) manufacturing services in China are on the rise. With the demand for customized machine parts and prototype development in almost all industries and sectors, manufacturers have advanced their machining services.

Modern-day machining is CNC-controlled, and WayKen is specializing in providing these services. As an expert provider in machined parts and CNC prototypes, the company is a reliable partner for client machining needs. With an ISO 9001 certified production process, the company is known for its high-quality output and precision.

WayKen CEO states that "Our machining projects are the go-to if you are looking for a quick turnaround and reliable supplier for your CNC parts. The CNC machining services are inclusive from prototype development to full production."

The China-based company has one of the most skilled workforces with expertise in CNC manufacturing. With such qualified teams, they offer customers a quick turnaround on their customized parts, making them a market leader.

CNC machining services rely significantly on state-of-the-art technologies. Investment in in-house equipment with a high capability has been crucial in the automation process. The company's reliance on automated processes gives them a competitive edge in the market.

CNC processes can be applied to different types of materials from rubber, plastic, wood, rubber, or ceramics. WayKen's machining services are capable of processing all these forms of materials. Whether a client needs it as a prototype or as an end-user product, the CNC machining techniques are functional and high quality.

The company is your go-to if you need low-volume custom parts or prototypes with complex designs. Their superior technology enables them to release customized parts in the market much faster than other manufacturers.

With the use of CNC, the team at WayKen use efficient machining practices and flexible tool configuration to produce parts at a low cost. They can produce CNC parts for industries such as healthcare, automobile, and aerospace.

For small businesses and entrepreneurs who need to create a prototype for their business, the company is a top-tier producer of functional prototypes. They are well-equipped with high technology and engineering concepts to design even the most complex designs. They offer design testing and verification to produce the most superior prototype designs.

As the company's portfolio continues to grow, the WayKen CEO says, "We utilize our high-quality machining services and state-of-the-art technology to develop the products according to the client specifications. Whether you need plastic or metal parts, leave that to our efficient team."

WayKen machining projects cover all the critical processes in manufacturing. They can fabricate a ready-to-use part by either milling, turning, drilling, boring, or grinding. These processes require specific machine tools such as lathes, grinders, drill press, milling machine, and more.

The CNC milling service is provided for industries that require precision in their components. This subtractive manufacturing is used to cut and for machine operations on plastic and metal materials. On the other hand, CNC turning is crucial for developing internal holes and complex geometrical shapes.

They also provide the 5-axis CNC machining, which works on multiple sides features up to 5 sides making it very cost-effective. With precise CNC machining, the company meets and exceeds client expectations. These services are crucial for creating consumer electronics, high-performance medical components, high-precision aerospace components, and custom automotive parts.

WayKen has positioned itself as a market leader in the provision of CNC machining services. With a highly qualified team and advanced technology to make CNC parts, they are China's go-to manufacturer.

About WayKen Rapid Manufacturing Ltd: Headquartered in Shenzhen, China, WayKen's services vary from providing CNC Machining, 3D Printing, Vacuum Casting, Rapid Tooling to Sheet Metal Processing. Wayken offers CNC milling, CNC turning, drilling, and tapping for various materials, such as metal machining or CNC plastic.

Their key technologies make them stand out in the market. They include Rapid Injection Molding, CNC Prototype Machining, CNC Aluminium Machining, Prototype finishing and painting, Urethane Vacuum Casting.

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Announcing U.S. Department of Homeland Security Agreement with WhiteFox

DroneFox Mobile in action

DroneFox Mobile in action

SAN LUIS OBISPO, UNITED STATES, April 14, 2021 / — WhiteFox Defense Technologies, Inc. has joined a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. The effort involves performance testing of the DroneFox technology, an omnidirectional drone detection, identification, and mitigation system. DroneFox is used by critical infrastructure and public gathering security teams around the world to detect and track drones. They typically see with 3-meter level accuracy at a nominal range of 5km and at distances up to 15 km away. Knowing the number of drones operating within that bubble of protection, DroneFox then enables authorities to assess the threat level of each drone, including the drone and pilot’s location and movement in real-time – a massive advantage in a world quickly experiencing a rise in both friendly and rogue drone activity.
“As leaders in counter-drone technology, we are thrilled to work with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate to support the agency and its partners. Our innovative technology is transforming airspace security, and we are grateful to be working with the DHS to further advancements in the industry,” says WhiteFox CEO Luke Fox.
About WhiteFox Defense Technologies, Inc.: Headquartered in California, WhiteFox’s mission is to keep the sky open for responsible pilots by creating solutions that advance drone technology for a better world. As a global leader in pioneering the safe integration of drones into society and offering worldwide drone airspace security solutions, WhiteFox is securing trusted autonomy through transparency and accountability in our skies.

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Vispero and Revolve Win Top Honors at TravelAbility’s Barrier-Breaking Adaptive Product PitchFest

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TravelAbility Summit:

Launchpad product help achieve Herd Accessibility for disabled athletes

Disability sports teams are avid travelers

TravelAbility’s LaunchPad is the world’s only showcase celebrating technology and products that make travel easier for people with disabilities

I attended TravelAbility’s Launchpad and was really blown away. It was an incredible experience watching so many passionate people sharing their ideas to improve the world of accessible travel.”

— Kate Farbo, Visit Lancaster County

SAUSALITO, CALIFORNIA, USA, April 14, 2021 / — TravelAbility’s LaunchPad, celebrating technology and products that make travel easier for people with disabilities, was held virtually on April 1st and featured 15 finalists selected following a rigorous review process that began back in June of 2020. “We are thrilled that our attendees were surrounded by cutting edge technology and innovative products that help people with disabilities experience more travel.” commented TravelAbility founder Jake Steinman.

Each company made a 3-minute pitch to a panel of judges representing travel suppliers, the disability community and social impact investors.

1st Place Vispero JAWS Kiosk a, text to speech software than enable people who are blind or who have low vision to use self-service kiosks in airports, hotels and visitor centers. Presenter: Laura Miller, Corporate Business Development Manager
2nd Place: Mobi-Mat makes a slip-free rollout mat for beaches and uneven surfaces as well as floating wheelchairs for beach and pool use. Presenters: Sandrine Carpenter-Bernard, CEO/Greg Scull, Area Sales Manager
3rd Place: SATS: Service Animal Travel Solutions. A one-stop central database for service animal verification recently launched with Alaska Airlines as their first airline partner. Gina Emrich, Co-Founder

Matt Ater, Vice President of Business Development, Vispero commented:
“This recognition of the JAWS Kiosk screen reader as the TravelAbility LaunchPad Judge’s Choice is a great sign of how the travel industry is embracing this tool for making their kiosks accessible for users with disabilities. We look forward to seeing more of the many accessible solutions featured in the LaunchPad event.”

The “People’s Choice” award, in which attendees were polled about their favorite presentations, was a new feature of this year’s event.

1st Place: Revolve Air Wheelchair. A high-tech wheelchair that folds up to fit as carry-on. Andrea Mocellin, Founder

2nd Place: Alinker. A Walking Bike. A non-motorized “walking-bike” designed for people with mobility challenges that has evolved into a wellness ecosystem that includes Alinker yoga classes, nutrition programs and is supplemented by a produce farm in Kentucky that employs disabled workers. Presenter: BE Linker, Founder

3rd Place: .Omeo Technologies. Hands-free electric wheelchair that uses Active Seat Control technology user’s core muscles to control movement. Presenter: Spring Adamo, North American Representative
Andrea Mocellini, Founder, Revolve.
"Winning the people's choice award gives me the incentive to keep working with this amazing network t tp advance technology and user experience for active wheelchair users."

“While the judges selected innovations based on their practical applicability for travel industry suppliers,” remarked Steinman, “ attendees choices were mainly to end users–the best of both worlds.”

Event judges included: Charles Hammerman, CEO of the Disability Opportunity Fund; Ron Pettit, Head of Accessibility, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines; Zach Curry, Director of Guest Experience, Marriott; Toby Willis, President of Accessibility, Expedia; Jay Cardinali, former Head of Global Accessibility, Disney Parks and Resorts; Srin Madipalli, former head of Accessibility for Airbnb, Betty Adams, Head, Investment committee, Disability Investment Fund.

ABOUT TRAVELABILITY: LaunchPad is the first of four half-day virtual events for 2021 produced by TravelAbility. The next event, “Striving for Herd Accessibility in Travel” is scheduled for June 24, 2021.

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