Peraton to Provide Satellite Communications to U.S. Central Command
Peraton has been awarded a $56 million contract under the Future Commercial SATCOM Acquisition program, administered by the U.S. Space Force Commercial Satellite Communications Office. The newly awarded contract provides commercial satellite communications services for U.S. Central Command. Under this task order, Peraton will provide mission support for mobile platforms, as well as emergent and contingency mission directives. The bandwidth will cover mission operations, survivability, and diversification to any location within the area of responsibility. All services will be supported by Peraton’s 24×7 Network Operations Center, and by a dedicated team of satellite network engineers and professionals.
Maxar to Build Four 1300-class Geostationary Communications Satellites for Intelsat
Maxar Technologies will build four geostationary communications satellites for satellite operator Intelsat. The contract was previously disclosed with Maxar’s 2020 first quarter results. Intelsat ordered the satellites to transition its existing media distribution and contribution services–uninterrupted–from the 3.7 to 4.0 gigahertz portion of the C-band, to the 4.0 to 4.2 gigahertz portion of the band as part of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission plan to reallocate 300 megahertz of C-band spectrum for 5G terrestrial wireless services. Under this contract, Maxar will deliver the Galaxy 31, Galaxy 32, Galaxy 35, and Galaxy 36 satellites by 2022. The satellites primarily will provide video distribution services to customers in the continental United States.
Northrop Grumman Rocket Boosters Arrive at Kennedy Space Center for NASA’s Artemis I Mission
Northrop Grumman announced that the segments for the two rocket boosters that will be used to help launch NASA’s first Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for the Artemis I mission have arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The booster segments will be the first elements of the SLS rocket to be stacked on the mobile launcher in preparation for the launch of Artemis I, and the completed boosters will provide more than 75% of the initial thrust for launch. NASA and Northrop Grumman conducted a series of ground tests beginning in 2010 to satisfy requirements for the certification of the five-segment booster. Three demonstration motor tests and two qualification tests proved the liftoff and ascent thrust capabilities of the booster are fully qualified for use on NASA’s SLS rocket, with expected first flight in 2021.
SAIC $2.9B for Broad Array of Software Development and Maintenance Services
SAIC received a $2.9 billion contract to continue mission engineering, integration, software development, and more lifecycle support for the U.S. Army. Under the task order, SAIC will continue to develop and integrate advanced technologies throughout the lifecycle, including software development and maintenance. Applications include air and ballistic missile defense, fire support, close combat, manned and unmanned aviation, command, control and communications, interoperability, intelligence/surveillance, and automatic test equipment. Work under the task order will support the Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center, Systems Simulation, Software and Integration Directorate. As part of the task order, SAIC will specifically support lifecycle activities necessary to define concepts and requirements, while also plan, manage, develop, sustain, modify, improve, test, train, field, and retire systems and system computer resources in a time frame necessary to meet customer needs.
L3Harris Technologies Unveils New Iver4 580 Unmanned Undersea Vehicle
L3Harris Technologies announced its new man portable Iver4 580 unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). The new Iver4 580 is the second vehicle in the Iver4 family of next-generation UUVs to address a wide variety of customer missions, including survey, multi-domain intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, anti-submarine warfare, seabed warfare and mine warfare. It offers users a 200-meter depth system featuring sealed, hot-swappable battery sections that can be swapped without the need of a vacuum test, heading re-alignment, or special tools allowing the vehicle to get back on mission with just minutes of downtime. The Iver4 580 will be virtually unveiled on June 24 at 12 p.m. EDT.
Oracle Unveils Clinical One Data Collection Cloud Service
Oracle Health Sciences introduced Clinical One Data Collection Cloud Service, redefining how technology supports clinical research to improve efficiency and help speed the delivery of breakthrough therapies. Oracle Clinical One Data Collection collects data from any source – forms, wearable sensors, patient apps, electronic health records, labs—and harmonizes it in a single place. This expanded data gives sites and study teams a more complete picture of the patient’s experience, and ultimately, the safety and efficacy of the investigative therapy, allowing them to make better decisions. And, because Clinical One is a unified platform, sites can randomize, dispense drugs, and collect patient data in one system.
Leidos Australia announced the permanent appointment of Paul Chase as chief executive effective 15 June 2020, after acting in the role for the past three months. Paul has been with the organization for 22 years and has held various program management positions, led multiple new business pursuits and is highly regarded by Australian stakeholders and customers.
Featured Image: Two solid rocket boosters that will power NASA’s Space Launch System for Artemis missions departed from a Northrop Grumman manufacturing facility in Promontory, Utah, on June 5, 2020. | Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman