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NGA Publishes Antineutrino Global Map; U.S. Navy and Raytheon to Optimize Minehunting Sonar; FAA Awards Cloud Services Contract to CSC


NGA Publishes Antineutrino Global Map

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) published a new map characterizing Earth’s radioactivity. Named the Antineutrino Global Map 2015, the map is described as “an unprecedented experimentally-informed model of the Earth’s natural and manmade antineutrino flux.” Using open-source geophysical data and sets and publically available international antineutrino detection observational data, the map aims to advance research and development in geophysics and nonproliferation. The map and research paper can be found here.

NGA also launched a public website last week proving unclassified information about the Arctic. Using Esri’s ArcGIS platform, the NGA Arctic GEOINT Services website includes digital elevation models derived from DigitalGlobe satellite imagery to provide 3D representation of the Arctic surface. Read more about NGA’s announcement.

U.S. Navy and Raytheon to Optimize Minehunting Sonar

Raytheon is working with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport Division to enhance the features of the company’s AN/AQS-20A minehunting sonar. According to a Raytheon press release, the team is analyzing the system’s synthetic aperture sonar to optimize its ability to capture and process high- and low-resolution images of mine threats undersea.

FAA Awards Cloud Services Contract to CSC

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded CSC, along with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and other strategic business partners, a contract to deliver cloud services, data center consolidation, and cloud migration capabilities. According to CSC’s press release, the company will consolidate FAA data centers and migrate FAA data and systems to a hybrid cloud environment. The contract is valued at nearly $109,000 with the potential to reach $1 billion over 10 years.

Additionally, the FAA launched the beta version of a new app for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators, reports Homeland Security Today. Named B4FLY, the smartphone app is part of an FAA initiative to help UAV pilots operate their aircraft in safe manner by providing information about restrictions and current laws. The app is currently being tested.

Teledyne Selects Orbit Logic for ISS Platform Operations

Teledyne Brown Engineering selected Orbit Logic’s Collection Planning and Analysis Workstation (CPAW) and Order Logic software for its Multi User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) ground system. MUSES, an Earth-observation platform being developed by Teledyne, will be externally located on the International Space Station. Order Logic will provide web-based management and tracking of imaging requests.

Italy to Launch Radar Satellites

Space News reports Franco-Italian satellite builder Thales Alenia Space recently signed a contract with the Italian government to build one of two planned next-generation radar reconnaissance satellites, and to purchase the needed equipment for the second.

Additionally, the Polish Ministry of Defense awarded Thales Alenia Space and European spaceflight services company Telesazio a contract to provide a Cosmo-SkyMed ground network on Polish territory.

Peer Intel

Gilman Louie was appointed the first Chairman of the Board at Vricon. Louie is the founder and former CEO of In-Q-Tel and built his career as a pioneer in the training and simulation industry with the design and development of the Falcon F-16 flight simulator.

KEYW’s Board of Directors named William J. Weber president and CEO of the company, effective Oct. 1. Weber served as president and chief operating officer of XLA, a Virginia-based consulting firm since March 2012.

Leidos selected Martin Miner as its senior vice president and chief information officer. In this new role, Miner will be responsible for the direction of the company’s information technology infrastructure and associated projects, improvement initiatives, and technology investments.

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