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Secure, Lockheed Martin-built AEHF military satellite communications network now operational

Secure, Lockheed Martin-built AEHF military satellite communications network now operational

SUNNYVALE, Calif., 31 July 2015. The Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite network, considered to be among the world’s most impenetrable satellite communications (SatCom) systems, is now operational. The U.S., Canada, the Netherlands, and the U.K. now have a modern, operational protected network to connect their militaries when responding to global crises, officials say.

NASA satellite camera delivers photo of Earth from distance of 1 million miles

NASA satellite camera delivers photo of Earth from distance of 1 million miles

WASHINGTON, 22 July 2015. NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from 1 million miles away.

DSCOVR

The Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, will maintain the nation's real-time solar wind monitoring capabilities which are critical to the accuracy and lead time of NOAA's space weather alerts and forecasts. Without timely and accurate warnings, space weather events like the geomagnetic storms caused by changes in solar wind have the potential to disrupt nearly every major public infrastructure system, including power grids, telecommunications, aviation and GPS.

AdaCore GNAT Pro development environment supports Wind River VxWorks 7 RTOS

AdaCore GNAT Pro development environment supports Wind River VxWorks 7 RTOS

SANTA CLARA, Calif., 22 July 2015. AdaCore has extended its Wind River VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) support with the GNAT Pro development environment on VxWorks 7. AdaCore engineers worked closely with Wind River professionals on this new product, ensuring that it would support both single- and multi-core systems, as well as other architectures.

DLA Energy supports NASA New Horizons spacecraft in Pluto mission

DLA Energy supports NASA New Horizons spacecraft in Pluto mission

The Defense Logistics Agency Energy’s support now extends to the edge of the solar system as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reaches Pluto. Propellants used along the spacecraft’s journey, as well as the fuel and other products used in the Atlas V rocket that launched New Horizons were all procured, stored, and transported by DLA Energy.

Domaille Engineering to provide thermal management assemblies to Lockheed Martin for Space Fence

Domaille Engineering to provide thermal management assemblies to Lockheed Martin for Space Fence

ROCHESTER, Minn., 1 July 2015. Domaille Engineering LLC won a multimillion-dollar contract from Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] to manufacture thermal management assemblies for the Space Fence Program.

Microsemi ProASIC3 FPGAs certified to QML Class Q for radiation-tolerant space

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., 29 June 2015. Microelectronics experts at the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) at Fort Belvoir, Va., have placed the ProASIC3 field programmable gate array (FPGA) from Microsemi Corp. in Aliso Viejo, Calif., on the Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) for Class Q radiation-tolerant devices for use in space.

TEKEVER, ViaSat to expand civilian drone use with advanced satellite communications

TEKEVER, ViaSat to expand civilian drone use with advanced satellite communications

PARIS, 18 June 2015. The TEKEVER Group, an unmanned aerial systems (UAS) manufacturer, and ViaSat, a provider of communication technologies and services, have entered into a strategic alliance aimed at expanding the civilian use of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) platforms, also commonly known as drones, with advanced satellite communications. The companies are collaborating by adding ViaSat’s communication technologies onto TEKEVER’s UAS platforms to push the boundaries of UAS range in civilian beyond line of sight (BLOS) applications, officials say.

Septentrio Satellite Navigation acquires Altus Positioning Systems, grows GPS/GNSS portfolio

LEUVEN, Belgium, 16 June 2015. Septentrio Satellite Navigation has acquired Altus Positioning Systems, forming a global, integrated company delivering GPS/GNSS positioning equipment to and increasing advancements in the field of GIS. 

Hexcel invests in new carbon fiber plant in France

PARIS, June 2015. Hexcel is investing $250 million in the construction of a carbon fiber plant in Roussillon, France. Hexcel officials showed plans for the new facility during Paris Air Show.

Communications on-the-move antenna to link UAS and military vehicles offered by CPI

CAMARILLO, Calif., 8 June 2015. Communications & Power Industries (CPI) in Camarillo, Calif., is introducing the GMA-100QB communications on-the-move antenna system for communications on-the-move antenna applications on military ground vehicles.

NASA selects Boeing for first commercial human spaceflight contract

NASA selects Boeing for first commercial human spaceflight contract

HOUSTON, 28 May 2015. NASA issued a task order under Boeing’s [NYSE:BA] $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract for the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station (ISS) – marking the first time in human spaceflight history that NASA has contracted with a commercial company for a human spaceflight mission.

Aerojet Rocketdyne conducts hot-fire tests in support of U.S. Air Force Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Demonstrator program

Aerojet Rocketdyne conducts hot-fire tests in support of U.S. Air Force Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Demonstrator program

SACRAMENTO, Calif., 26 May 2015. Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE:AJRD) has completed the first in a series of hot-fire tests on the sub-scale oxygen rich pre-burner in support of the U.S. Air Force Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Demonstrator (HBTD) program.

Stratasys and MakerBot launch CubeSat challenge for aerospace engineers and students

Stratasys and MakerBot launch CubeSat challenge for aerospace engineers and students

MINNEAPOLIS, 21 May 2015. The CubeSat Challenge invites the GrabCAD community to use 3D printing to rethink the CubeSat, a standard small research satellite built by universities, aerospace startups, and independent makers around the world.

Laser navigation for unmanned aircraft in RF- and GPS-denied areas developed by ADSYS

ATLANTA, 18 May 2015. U.S. Navy shipboard unmanned aviation experts needed navigation and landing capability for unmanned aerial vehicles in areas where RF and GPS signals are jammed or disrupted. They found their solution from ADSYS Controls Inc. in Irvine, Calif.

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