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BAE, DRS Making Army Target Location System Prototypes

BAE Systems and DRS Technologies have each won contracts from the U.S. Army worth $30.9 million combined to design prototypes for a handheld electro-optical system, Military & Aerospace Electronics reports. The two companies will create between five and 20 prototypes for the Joint Effects Targeting Systems‘ target location designation system, …

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Harris, NOAA Release Satellite Data Tracking Tool; Romy Olaisen Comments

Harris Corp. and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have collaborated to launch a data-monitoring tool designed to help environmental data users distribute accurate weather information to the public. The product anomaly, ticket, relationship, organization and notification (PATRON) tool tracks and reports anomalies about the weather products of the geostationary operational …

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Hughes Demos New Video, Data Satellite System; Rick Lober Comments

Hughes Network Systems has developed a new microsat system to transmit video and data over satellite communications links, using several types of platforms. The company’s communications-on-the-move microsat system transmitted full-motion video through an aircraft’s rotor blades without packet loss during a recent test, Hughes said Monday. Hughes tested the system …

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Kratos Defense to Provide Satellite Mgmt System for Asia Satellite Telecom; Fred Ho Comments

Kratos Integral Systems International has a contract for an unspecified amount to provide command and control systems to Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc.‘s ISI business unit will supply EPOCH integrated product suite fleet management systems to support the AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8 satellite programs, …

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SpaceX Completes Flight Test for Grasshopper Rocket

Space Exploration Technologies Inc. has completed the latest test flight for its Grasshopper autonomous vertical-takeoff and landing rocket. The Grasshopper flew 263 feet, hovered for 34 seconds and landed using a closed-loop guidance system, Wired.com reported Monday.  Jason Par writes that the latest of Space X’s four test flights exceeded …

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