C4ISR

CACI to Help Army Develop Payload Modeling, Simulation & Training Systems; Ken Asbury Comments

CACI International has received a $31 million task order to help the U.S. Army develop electro-optical/infrared and signals intelligence payload modeling, simulation and training systems for data collection efforts. The company said Monday it will support technology for the night vision and electronic sensors directorate of the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s …

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DARPA Begins Phase I of Data Link Restoration Platform Devt Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has commenced the first phase of a project that seeks to build a deployable undersea network that would serve as a means to restore disrupted data links, C4ISR & Networks reported Friday. Adam Stone writes the Tactical Undersea Network Architectures program drew various ideas from Harris, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, LGS Innovations …

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BAE Plans $508M Investment to Support UAV Integration Into UK Airspace

BAE Systems will invest $508 million to revive an industry-led effort to establish regulations and technology for the integration of unmanned air vehicles into the U.K. national airspace, FlightGlobal reported Tuesday. Beth Stevenson writes the U.K. government’s business department previously funded the Autonomous Systems Technology Related Airborne Evaluation and Assessment program before …

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General Atomics Starts Extended-Range Gray Eagle UAS Flight Test

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has begun flight testing an extended-range variant of the MQ-1C unmanned aircraft system at the company’s El Mirage flight operations facility in California. The company said Thursday the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range series is designed to increase endurance and payload capacity of the Gray Eagle UAS platform, which has …

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Inmarsat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch Talks Govt-Industry Relationship, Inmarsat 6 Satellite Fleet

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president for government strategy and policy at Inmarsat, has said she believes the relationship between the government and commercial sector “will continue to mature” under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Cowen-Hirsch told Space News staff writer Caleb Henry in an interview published Tuesday that the company sees a “greater geographically …

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Cambridge Awarded DoD C5ISR Support Task Order; Russell Thurston Comments

Cambridge International Systems has secured a $19.3 million task order from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic to support the Defense Department‘s command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. The contract covers equipment and services associated with full system lifecycle support such as research, development, test, evaluation, production and …

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Matt Desch: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket’s Stage 1 Booster Arrives in California for Iridium Satellite Launch

Iridium CEO Matt Desch announced in a Twitter post Monday the arrival of the stage 1 booster for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket in California for the launch of Iridium satellites as part of the company’s NEXT constellation, Ars Technica reported Monday. Eric Berger writes the rocket’s first stage booster was spotted Sunday in …

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Echodyne Tests Detect and Avoid Radar on Commercial Drone; Eben Frankenburg Comments

Echodyne has completed an airborne test of a detect-and-avoid radar technology mounted on a commercial small unmanned aerial vehicle. The company said Nov. 8 its radar is designed to help UAVs sense moving and stationary obstacles with radar vision when drones fly through the airspace beyond the operator’s line of sight. The tests were conducted using …

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NOAA, NASA Launch Lockheed-built GOES-R Weather Satellite

The first of the four National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s geostationary weather satellites launched Saturday aboard a United Launch Alliance-built Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 6:42 p.m. Eastern time. NOAA said Saturday the Lockheed Martin-built Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R system will be called GOES-16 once it reaches the orbit within two weeks …

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group Taps Northrop to Design Coast Guard Cutters’ C4ISR & Machinery Control Systems

Northrop Grumman has secured a contract from Eastern Shipbuilding Group to design C4ISR and machinery control systems on U.S. Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter ships for future vessels with updated weapon systems, electronics, range and endurance capacities. Northrop said Monday the design will also have a larger flight deck to accommodate aircraft operations in severe …

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DigitalGlobe Launches Lockheed-Built WorldView-4 Satellite; Rick Ambrose Comments

DigitalGlobe received initial signals from Lockheed Martin-built WorldView-4 satellite 45 minutes after it launched Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. WorldView-4 with a Harris Corp.-made imaging payload took off aboard a United Launch Alliance-made Atlas V rocket to join DigitalGlobe’s satellite constellation, Lockheed said Friday. Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed’s space …

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