C4ISR

Inmarsat Government’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Satcom Terminals Key to Space Capability Access

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president of government strategy and policy for Inmarsat Government, has said the Defense Department’s “analysis of alternatives” study suggests that “commercial is really hard, and you have to follow the terminals,” SpaceNews reported Thursday. DoD’s 18-month-long study looked at how services could leverage commercial innovations to support …

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Boeing Invests in California-Based Autonomous Logistics Platform Maker

Boeing‘s venture capital arm has invested in Matternet, a company developing an unmanned aerial vehicle designed for urban logistics use. The California-based startup raised $16 million through a recent Series A funding round led by HorizonX Ventures, Boeing said Tuesday. Matternet received authorization last year to operate a UAV platform over Switzerland’s densely populated areas and has delivered …

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Inmarsat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Govt Should Leverage Commercial Tech for Satcom Architecture Integration

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president of government strategy and policy for Inmarsat Government, has said the government should direct appropriations toward efforts that leverage commercial satellite communication platforms to establish an integrated satcom architecture. “For 2019, a strong leadership is needed to apply funding resources to take full advantage of the forward-looking …

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Northrop Tech Offers Stabilization Support to Lockheed-Built GOES-17 Weather Satellite

A Lockheed Martin-built weather satellite that launched in March is equipped with Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Space Inertial Reference Units that work to provide attitude control and sensor pointing capabilities for the spacecraft. Dean Ebert, vice president of navigation and positioning systems at Northrop’s mission systems business, said in a statement published …

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Verizon Helps DoD Agency Implement Unified Comms Platform

Verizon has led an effort to help a Defense Department agency migrate to a unified communications system that works to help users integrate voice, instant messaging, conferencing and video communications through a single platform. The telecommunications firm collaborated with Ribbon Communications, Black Box and Visioneering to advance the DoD agency’s …

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General Atomics to Provide Marine Corps Additional UAS ISR Support

The U.S. Navy has awarded a General Atomics affiliate a potential $39.6 million contract to provide additional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to U.S. Marine Corps through the use of unmanned air systems. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. will use its MQ-9 Reaper to assist USMC’s Task Force Southwest in surge support operations under the “undefinitized” …

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Insitu to Support DOI’s Fire Suppression Operations With UAS

Boeing‘s Insitu subsidiary has received a contract to deploy the ScanEagle unmanned aerial system to aid the Interior Department in fire suppression efforts. Insitu said Wednesday it will also support DOI’s manned aerial operations that include search and rescue, emergency management and other missions across 48 U.S. states and Alaska. ScanEagle is designed with infrared …

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