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Harris Launches Small Comms Satellite for Defense, Commercial Clients; Bill Gattle Quoted

Harris has launched its first small satellite through a medium-lift launch vehicle developed by the India’s space research organization. The Harris Satellite is built to operate in low Earth orbit and seeks to address military and commercial communications requirements, the company said Thursday. The 6U cubesat uses a mission architecture designed for …

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SRC to Provide Sustainment Support for Marine Corps Radars Under $93M Contract

SRC will sustain and upgrade AN/TPQ-49 radar systems under a potential five-year, $93M contract with U.S. Marine Corps. The company said Wednesday the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract covers production of new AN/TPQ-49A radar systems, program management, live-fire testing, technical manual production, sustainment spares, field service representative support, equipment training and kit installation. AN/TPQ-49 is a counterfire radar platform …

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Army Certifies Viasat Airborne Modem for Wideband Global Satcom Network; Ken Peterman Quoted

Viasat has received Army Forces Strategic Command authorization to operate a dual-band internet modem on the U.S. military’s Wideband Global Satellite Communications network. ARSTRAT certified the Mobile Broadband Router-4020 platform for military users to connect when they perform airborne missions, Viasat said Tuesday. Ken Peterman, president of Viasat’s government systems business, said that …

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General Atomics’ SkyGuardian Aircraft Secures FAA Special Airworthiness Certification

The Federal Aviation Administration has certified General Atomics to operate in national airspace a remotely piloted aircraft designed for civil flight use. The company said Thursday it obtained Special Airworthiness Certification in experimental category for a second MQ-9B SkyGuardian unit. David Alexander, president of aircraft systems at General Atomics’ aeronautical systems business, said the permit allows the …

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Lockheed, AWS Partner to Facilitate Satellite Data Access; Rick Ambrose Quoted

Amazon Web Services and Lockheed Martin have agreed to combine their technology platforms to provide clients the capability to download and upload satellite data and commands. Lockheed will integrate its Verge antenna network with the AWS Ground Station to help users quickly download, analyze and process satellite data amid weather disturbances …

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BAE to Help DARPA Build Machine Learning Tools for RF Signal Detection

BAE Systems has received a $9.2M contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop data-based machine learning algorithms for military and commercial users to identify radio frequency signals in different operating environments. The company said Tuesday it will use cognitive approaches to create signals differentiation tools under the first phase of …

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