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EPA Set to Launch Government-Wide Map Platform

A government-wide geographic information system portal will be fully launched in October, an Environment Protection Agency official told NextGov.  Jerry Johnston, the EPA’s geospatial information officer, said a version of the geoplatform.gov platform is already available but the full website will not come until fall. The website will function as …

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Special Ops Seeking Mid-Range, Precision Missile System

The U.S. Special Operations Command is seeking a medium-range guided missile system, according to a request for information posted Monday. USSOCOM wants to purchase the systems to provide precision engagement capabilities to U.S. special forces against enemy forces. USSOCOM said it wants the weapons system to be portable and lightweight. USSOCOM said …

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Lockheed Delivers AEHF Satellite for April Launch

Lockheed Martin delivered a second advanced extremely high frequency military communications satellite to the Air Force for an April launch.  Lockheed said it is contracted to provide four AEHF satellites and the mission control segment as the prime contractor for the AEHF constellation. The satellite will launch aboard an Atlas …

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GeoEye, Esri to Develop Emergency Image Service; Christopher Tully Comments

GeoEye Inc. and Esri are developing a new crisis response imagery service that could potentially be available in the spring, GeoEye announced Thursday. GeoEye will combine its imagery capabilities with Esri’s disaster response capabilities to give users access to images during disasters. “Geospatial technology plays a critical role in determining where resources …

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Lockheed Providing Foliage Radar to SOUTHCOM

Lockheed Martin deployed a reconnaissance radar to support the U.S. Southern Command‘s counterterrror and humanitarian assistance missions. Lockheed Martin said the Tactical Reconnaissance and Counter-Concealment-Enabled Radar also supports disaster relief operations. SOUTHCOM will operate the radar on the Army’s C-12 aircraft fleet. Lockheed said the radar has completed more than 160 …

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GSA, DISA Award $900M SATCOM Tech Contract

The General Services Administration and the Defense Information Systems Agency awarded a potential $900 million contract to provide commercial satellite communications technologies, DISA announced Friday. The agencies awarded the Custom Satellite Communications Solutions-Small Business contract to four small businesses under the Future Commercial Satellite Communications Services Acquisition program. GSA and DISA formed the …

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Exelis Delivers Interoperable Warfighter Network Radios

ITT Exelis delivered updated radio systems to the Navy’s program executive office for the joint tactical radio system. Exelis said the $4.2 million order includes Bowman Waveform systems for an information repository and soldier radio-multifunctional software-defined radios. The Navy says the JTRS program will be a family of software-defined radios that operate …

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Navy to Launch SPAWAR Narrowband Comm Satellite

The Navy is scheduled to make a rare launch of a satellite Friday for a narrowband communications system, Armed with Science reported. The Air Force normally handles the military’s space efforts but the Navy is responsible for the military’s ultra high frequency narrowband satellite communications systems. The Navy’s Space and …

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L-3 Helping Weather Service Upgrade DC Area Radar

The National Weather Service‘s radar in the Washington region will soon look in two directions to detect severe weather, the Washington Post reports. L-3 Communications and Baron Services are upgrading the NWS’ radars around the country. The Sterling, Va.-based radar will be upgraded by Feb. 24 to include dual polarization …

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General Atomics to Upgrade Predator Digital Video

General Atomics will provide digital video integration services for the Predator unmanned vehicle system, the Defense Department announced Thursday. The remote-controlled aircraft carries a multi-spectral targeting system to integrate an infrared sensor, TV cameras and a laser designator and illuminator. General Atomics will provide the services under an $8,143,903 cost-plus-incentive-fee …

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Navy Plans 1st CANES Install by Late FY 2012

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command plans to have its next generation shipboard network on a destroyer by late fiscal year 2012, SPAWAR said Wednesday. Northrop Grumman won a potential $637.7 million contract this week to develop and produce the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services network. SPAWAR said …

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DARPA Designing Digital Imaging Contact Lenses

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency researchers are working on contact lenses that allow the wearer to view digital images in the lens, the agency said Tuesday. DARPA said the contacts would project images onto full-color displays near the eye and enable the wearer to focus simultaneously on objects at either …

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DARPA Picks Rockwell Collins for Digital Radio Research

Rockwell Collins has started a new phase of research into analog-to-digital converters for radios under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract. In a post on FedBizOpps, DARPA said its RADER program is intended to develop power-efficient and high-speed photonic analog-to-digital-converters that can be operated remotely. Rockwell Collins said Tuesday …

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Northrop to Develop RF Transmitter Tech for DARPA

Northrop Grumman Corp. will develop radio frequency transmitter technology for the Defense Advances Research Projects Agency, Northrop announced Wednesday. The work falls under a program for microscale power conversion, which develops RF power amplifier designs with supply modulation and power switch-control technology. Northrop said the research focuses on contour modulation, …

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Pentagon Orders Anti-IED QinetiQ Robot

The Defense Department‘s organization for countering improvised explosive devices has ordered more than 100 surveillance robots from QinetiQ North America, QinetiQ said Tuesday. QinetiQ said JIEDDO made the $5.3 million order for the DR10 robot units after releasing an urgent operations needs statement for lightweight, throwable robots. QinetiQ said it …

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