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Northrop Grumman Completes First Docking of Mission Extension Vehicle, Dell Technologies to Provide Industry’s Fastest Hybrid Cloud Deployment, AT&T’s FirstNet Expands Nationwide LTE Coverage Area, and More


Northrop Grumman Completes First Docking of Mission Extension Vehicle

Northrop Grumman, and its wholly owned subsidiary, SpaceLogistics successfully completed the first docking of the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) to the Intelsat 901 (IS-901) spacecraft in order to provide life-extension services. This historic accomplishment marks the first time two commercial satellites have docked in orbit and the first time that mission extension services will be offered to a satellite in geosynchronous orbit. MEV-1 completed the historic docking with IS-901 on February 25 at 2:15 a.m. ET. The combined spacecraft stack will now perform on-orbit checkouts before MEV-1 begins relocating the combined vehicle to return IS-901 into service in late March.

Dell Technologies to Provide Industry’s Fastest Hybrid Cloud Deployment

Dell Technologies announced the latest development to Dell Technologies Cloud, including a new subscription-based model that makes it easier to buy and scale hybrid clouds, lowering the barrier of entry and speeding time to value. Offered with infrastructure services, Dell Technologies provides the industry’s fastest hybrid cloud deployment, allowing a growing number of customers to accelerate hybrid cloud deployments and simplify IT operations.

AT&T’s FirstNet Expands Nationwide LTE Coverage Area

Nationwide LTE coverage has surpassed 2.61 million square miles to support AT&T and FirstNet subscribers. AT&T is rampantly expanding the LTE coverage area for its network and FirstNet public safety communications platform. This means more first responders and the communities they serve—rural, urban and tribal—are gaining access to the critical communications capabilities they need.

HERE Unveiled Geodata Models to Aid in the Deployment of 5G

HERE Technologies unveiled HERE Geodata Models to help accelerate the telecommunications industry’s planning and deployment of 5G wireless networks while reducing network planning operational expenses. HERE Geodata Models is a highly precise and scalable 3D digital representation of the buildings, trees and roadside objects (e.g. streetlights, utility poles, overpasses, billboards, etc.) making up the physical environment surrounding 5G antennas. The 3D digital representations provide 5G network planners and radio frequency (RF) engineers with the ability to remotely conduct field surveys and precisely plan where to locate 5G antennas in order to create optimal signal coverage.

OGC and NRCan RFI in Building Energy Mapping and Analytics Study

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are requesting information to support the Building Energy Mapping and Analytics Concept Development Study (CDS). The information being sought by the Building Energy Mapping and Analytics CDS includes who undertakes building energy mapping & analysis work, what data they use, what building archetypes they make use of, how they develop and/or operate their models, and how the resulting analyses, maps, and applications could be, or are being, applied. Responses are due April 3, 2020.

Peer Intel

Stellar Solutions promoted Richard Rogers to Executive Vice President. In this new strategy and operations leadership role for the company, Rogers will work closely with Chief Executive Officer Michael Lencioni in leading strategic initiatives focused on integration and development across Stellar Solutions’ commercial, defense, intelligence, civil aerospace, and international lines of business. This appointment sustains the company’s unique and collaborative approach to meeting the critical engineering needs of vital customers.

Amentum appointed Philip Breidenbach to lead Savannah River Remediation (SRR) as President and Project Manager. Breidenbach will direct all activities of the liquid waste facilities at SRS, like removing radioactive liquid waste from underground storage tanks and filling them with a cement-like grout to permanently close them; decontaminating low-level salt waste from the tanks and solidifying it with a grout form for permanent disposition; and melting the radioactive high-level waste sludge from the tanks with a borosilicate glass at the Defense Waste Processing Facility.

Dewberry promoted Rahul Parab, who was the assistant water resources department manager for the New York City office, to senior associate. He focuses on resilience projects and has extensive water resources and construction engineering experience in flood control and stormwater systems, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, water quality, water infrastructure, structure operations, geographic information systems, and environmental permitting.


Featured Image: Mission Extension Vehicle-1| Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman

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