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28 PCB007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2023 IPC Welcomes U.S. Presidential Determination Prioritizing Domestic Development of Printed Circuit Boards and IC Substrates E IPC, the global association representing the electronics manufacturing industry, welcomes the action of U.S. President Joe Biden today in issuing a "presidential determination" that pri- oritizes the domestic development of printed circuit boards (PCBs) and advanced packag- ing, including IC substrates, under Title III of the Defense Production Act (DPA). PCBAA Applauds Presidential Action to Invest in Critical American Microelectronics E e recent partnership announced by the U.S. and Canada is a welcome acknowledgement of the urgent need to support the American printed circuit board industry. e Presidential determination of printed circuit boards as essen- tial to national defense under section 303 of the Defense Production Act is welcome news, and achieves a 2023 goal of the Printed Circuit Board Association of America (PCBAA). NextFlex Launches $9.4M Hybrid Electronics Funding Opportunity E NextFlex, America's Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Institute, released Proj- ect Call 8.0 (PC 8.0), the latest call for proposals that seek to fund projects that further the devel- opment and adoption of FHE while address- ing key challenges in advanced manufactur- ing that support Department of Defense prior- ities. e total PC 8.0 project value is expected to exceed $9.4M (project value/investment fig- ures include cost-sharing), bringing the total anticipated investment in advancing FHE since NextFlex's formation to $134M. NASA, SpaceX Dragon to Deliver Heart Studies, More to Space Station E NASA has another cargo shipment en route to the International Space Station following a successful Falcon 9 launch of SpaceX's 27th resupply mission for the agency. e first Car- dinal Heart investigation conducted aboard the space station showed that four weeks of micro- gravity exposure can cause significant changes in heart cell function and gene expression. NASA Awards Advance 3D Printing, Quantum Tech for Climate Research E New technology is a key to helping NASA advance its long-term exploration goals for the benefit of all. To support its effort, the agency announced ursday it will create two new institutes to develop technology in critical areas for engineering and climate research. Boeing's New Military Satellite Integrates Anti-Jam Payload for Enhanced Battlefield Communication E Boeing unveiled its Protected Wideband Sat- ellite (PWS) design featuring Boeing's Pro- tected Tactical SATCOM Prototype (PTS-P) payload hosted aboard the U.S. Space Force's Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS)-11 space- cra. "e joint force is relying on us to deploy capabilities that enable secure communica- tions in a prolific jamming environment," said Charlotte Gerhart, Space Systems Command's Tactical SATCOM division chief at the U.S. Space Force.

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