NGA Teams with GSA for CIBORG Program
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is partnering with the General Services Administration (GSA) to acquire imagery and data from commercial providers under the agency’s CIBORG (Commercial Initiative to Buy Operationally Responsive GEOINT) program. According to FCW, the partnership provides NGA access to GSA’s Multiple Award Schedules Program to acquire commercially available, unclassified data on an as-needed basis. The program is expected to be fully operational in 2017.
DIA Hosts Online Industry Day
Federal News Radio reports the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) took its rapid technology acquisition project NeedipeDIA a step further by hosting an online industry day last week, allowing companies to showcase their products in 30-minute online presentations to DIA leadership. The agency seeks to purchase a tool that will automatically aggregate data from several cloud-based intelligence sources and let analysts easily manipulate their screens. According to the article, the agency plans to move quickly on a decision.
OGSystems Awarded USSOCOM Contract
OGSystems announced it was awarded two contract delivery orders from U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) under the Targeted Requirement Execution (T-REX) IDIQ contract. The delivery orders total more than $8 million of work to be delivered in 2017 and span several focus areas. OGSystems will provide ISR-related equipment and related incidental development and other services to the government.
Surrey Provides Remote Sensing Instrument for NASA CYGNSS Mission
Surrey Satellite Technology’s Space GNSS Receiver Remote Sensing Instrument is the primary payload onboard NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), which launched Dec. 15. This mission is part of the NASA Earth System Science Pathfinder Program that aims to improve extreme weather prediction by studying how tropical cyclones form. The CYGNSS team is made up of the University of Michigan Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, the Southwest Research Institute, Surrey Satellite Technology, and Sierra Nevada Corporation.
Planet hired Karthik Govindhasamy as its chief technology officer and executive vice president of engineering. Govindhasamy formerly worked at Microsoft and Nokia as an engineer. Additionally, Planet now has an office in the Seattle area, which Govindhasamy will lead.
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