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National Science Foundation Awards USD $45,000 Grant

The University of San Diego announced on Sept. 8 that it received a $45,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, which will go toward work on an engineering conference.

ViaSat Inc. Signs Agreement With Scandinavian Airline

ViaSat Inc. said Sept. 8 that it has signed an agreement with SAS, the Scandinavian airline, to supply high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity on the carrier’s short-haul and medium-haul aircraft in Europe. Eutelsat will deliver the satellite internet signal.

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Businesses Have Various ‘Flight Plans’ for Commercial Drones

TECH: Under New FAA Rules, Activity Is Expected to Soar

The federal government has cleared the way for businesses to legally operate small quadcopters and other drones in moneymaking activities.

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Company’s 3-D Metal Printer Is Ready for Variety of Roles

TECH: Production, Coating, and Repairs of Parts Are All Possible

It started with a toy. But for Jeff Riemann and Melanie Lang, a store-bought 3-D printer was a business idea in disguise.

LRAD Corp. Gets Thumbs Up From Pentagon

LRAD Corp. said on Sept. 7 that the U.S. Army has made its acoustic hailing device a program of record. The news marks a milestone for the product. Previously, the Army ordered the devices under urgency orders.

Sempra Energy Subsidiary Buys Mexican Wind Farm

A Mexican subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy has agreed to buy a 252-megawatt wind farm in the northern state of Nuevo Leon for $375 million, not including its assumption of debt totaling $477 million.

ViaSat to Supply European Air Carrier With Wi-Fi

ViaSat Inc. will supply the European air carrier Finnair with Wi-Fi connectivity under a deal announced on Sept. 1.

Sullivan Solar Power Completes Work at 6 Schools for Encinitas Union School District

Sullivan Solar Power has completed construction of six solar projects expected to save Encinitas Union School District more than $21 million during the next 25 years.

Qelzal Corp. Names Benson Its CEO.

Qelzal Corp. has named Rob Benson its CEO.

Sempra’s Ensenada Terminal Seen as Option In Event of Shortage

ENERGY: Regulatory Hurdles Would Have To Be Navigated

A liquefied natural gas terminal Sempra Energy owns near Ensenada may help Southern Californians get through the winter — but it may depend on state regulators waiving anti-competitive rules limiting transactions between affiliate companies.

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Software Firm Realizing Big Power in Microgrids

ENERGY: CleanSpark Seeks Solar Sweet Spot

The recently acquired Poway energy software company that developed the microgrid running Camp Pendleton’s power system has completed the initial phase of a larger version serving a commercial client in Borrego Springs.

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Engineers Race to Develop Lucrative Software

Automobiles are not just a Detroit thing. The auto industry has been in Southern California for decades — several automakers have designed cars in San Diego — and Detroit’s marquee industry could very easily have a future in the region.

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Driverless Cars’ Off-Road Impact Will Be Big

Major business players in the automotive sector are now placing multimillion-dollar bets on a future where self-driving cars take people wherever they want to go.

Qualcomm and Boehringer Ingelheim to Work on Digital Tracking Device to Monitor Inhaler Use

San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced Aug. 30 that they will jointly develop a small, wireless device to track patients’ use of the Connecticut company’s Respimat inhaler for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Hylton Named Executive Director of Contextual Robotics Institute at UCSD

Officials at the University of California, San Diego announced on Aug. 29 that Todd Hylton of Brain Corp. is joining the university’s Contextual Robotics Institute as executive director.