Perspecta Completes Separation from DXC, Merges with Vencore and KeyPoint

Perspecta announced its separation from DXC Technology is complete and it is now an independent public company with shares tradable on the New York Stock Exchange. The new company also completed its planned merger with Vencore and KeyPoint Government Solutions, positioning Perspecta with 14,000 employees and an approximate value of $4.2 billion. Following the spin-off and merger, Perspecta announced the members of its senior leadership team: Mac Curtis will serve as president and CEO; John Cavanaugh will join as CFO; and Mike Lawrie will be chairman of the board.

NGA Seeks Collection Management System for GEOINT Broker Initiative

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) issued a Request For Information on the development of an Integrated Collection Management System (ICMS) to bolster its GEOINT Broker service. The ICMS tool would use automation and visualization to better match requests for imagery, data, or geospatial services with providers equipped to handle those requests, all while accounting for cost, capacity, and resource competition.

DigitalGlobe Debuts GBDX Notebooks

Maxar’s DigitalGlobe announced the commercial launch of GBDX Notebooks, a tool enabling users to run proprietary algorithms in an open-source Jupyter Notebooks environment alongside DigitalGlobe’s 100-petabyte imagery library. GBDX Notebooks contains three tiers: mapping navigable airspace for drones; assessing forest fire risk; and change detection for boat traffic, all of which combine imagery, data, models, and footprints to extract actionable insight.

Esri Opens New Office in St. Louis

Esri celebrated the opening of a new office in the Cortex neighborhood of St. Louis’ historic Central West End. The new location adds to the company’s presence in St. Charles, Mo., and situates Esri roughly five minutes from the Next NGA West campus.

DARPA Tech Office to Host Virtual Proposers Day

DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO) will host an event June 6-7 called Virtual Proposers Day, designed to foster relationships with commercial companies developing novel military technology and other mission system concepts. TTO will soon release the 2018 Disruptive Capabilities for Future Warfare Broad Agency Announcement, seeking unconventional warfighting prototypes—Virtual Proposers Day will inform potential partners about TTO’s goals and focus areas for that announcement.

DoD Awards Carahsoft BPA for Red Hat Products and Services

Carahsoft will provide the U.S. Department of Defense with software and services from Red Hat under a five-year, $125 million enterprise-wide blanket purchasing agreement through the military’s Enterprise Software Initiative. The DoD, Intelligence Community, and U.S. Coast Guard will receive access to Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux operating system, the JBoss enterprise app platform, cloud infrastructure, and other software, as well as maintenance, support, and training. 

NOAA Environmental Forecasting Satellite Now Operational

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the NOAA-20 environmental monitoring satellite is now operational. The spacecraft is the first active satellite in the agency’s Joint Polar Satellite System, and will measure terrestrial, oceanic, and atmospheric data to improve three- to seven-day weather forecasts. Imagery captured by NOAA-20’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite will enable analysts to detect fog, sea ice, wildfires, and volcanic activity.

Northrop Grumman Receives Air Force Satellite Contract Modification

Northrop Grumman announced a $7.1 million modification to a satellite sensor contract with the U.S. Air Force. The increase comes from an option to maintain sensors for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program on-orbit constellation, and brings the contract’s total value to roughly $14.1 million. Northrop will perform work under the contract through May 31, 2019.

Headline Image: A tailings pond breach at British Columbia, Canada’s Mount Polley Mine resulted in five million cubic meters of effluent contaminating the Hazeltine Creek. DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite captured this image of the contamination on August 5, 2014. 

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