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Northrop Grumman & NASA Donate Shuttle Boosters to California Science Center, AEHF-6 Protected Communications Satellite Completes On-Orbit Testing, Enview Unveils First-of-its-Kind 3D AI as a Web Application, and More


Northrop Grumman & NASA Donate Shuttle Boosters to California Science Center

Northrop Grumman Corporation and NASA donated a set of flight-worthy solid rocket boosters from the Space Shuttle Program to the California Science Center, located in Los Angeles, California, to display with the Space Shuttle Endeavour and a real space shuttle external tank in a launch configuration. The booster cases that Northrop Grumman is donating to the California Science Center have flown on a combined 81 space shuttle flights and have been part of 32 ground tests. The donation of the shuttle boosters builds upon a more than decade long partnership the company has had with the Science Center. Northrop Grumman has sponsored the California State Science and Engineering Fair and several of the company’s employees volunteer their time each year to advance STEM education by supporting various events. The company also supports the center’s annual Discovery Ball.

 AEHF-6 Protected Communications Satellite Completes On-Orbit Testing

The sixth Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) protected communications satellite successfully completed its On-Orbit Test (OOT) period on Aug. 27, 2020. AEHF-6 will be part of a geostationary ring of ten satellites in the AEHF-MILSTAR constellation delivering global coverage for survivable, highly secure, and protected communications for strategic command and tactical warfighters operating on ground, sea, and air platforms. The satellite adds increased resiliency and advanced capabilities to this constellation, which ensures the ability to transmit data anywhere, anytime. In addition to U.S. forces, the AEHF system also serves international partners Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. AEHF-6 was successfully launched on March 26, 2020, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket. The launch was the first mission launch for the U.S. Space Force.

Enview Unveils First-of-its-Kind 3D AI as a Web Application

Enview announced the launch of Enview Explore, a powerful web application that leverages AI and cloud computing to automatically process 3D data at unprecedented speed and scale. Additionally, Robert Cardillo, former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), has joined the company’s Board of Directors. Following an oversubscribed round of funding in May, the company continues to experience growth and momentum in the market.

Perspecta Delivers Its Proprietary Digital Health Platform to the Defense Health Agency

Perspecta announced that it received an award to deliver a prototype of its proprietary award-winning HealthConcourse digital health platform to the Defense Health Agency in support of its goal to deploy a next-generation electronic health record (EHR) system for the Military Health System’s (MHS) GENESIS project. The work was awarded through an ‘Other Transaction Agreement’ from Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic as part of the Information Warfare Research Project Consortium. Over the next 12 months, Perspecta will configure its HealthConcourse solution to modernize and migrate patient data to the cloud for the Department of Defense (DoD) Healthcare Management System Modernization program. The software-as-a-service platform will ensure that MHS beneficiary legacy health care data is available for physicians and researchers and benefits adjudicators throughout the GENESIS transition.

Oracle Expands Government Cloud with National Security Regions for U.S. Intelligence Community

To support growing customer demand, Oracle announced a major expansion of the Oracle Government Cloud with the addition of National Security Regions for U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD) customers. These regions were developed to address IC and DoD needs at DISA Impact Level 6, Secret and Top Secret security levels, with capabilities including strong encryption, in-depth auditing, and robust security controls. Oracle National Security Regions support both ICD 705 and ICD 503 requirements. Oracle’s Cloud Network Operations Center (CNOC) is accredited for Secret and Top Secret data and is operated by appropriately-cleared personnel. Oracle Cloud provides customers with a compelling array of advanced technology, including high performance data analytics at massive scale, machine learning-enabled applications, integrated security tools, automated analytics, and Oracle Autonomous Database. Oracle’s EverythingEverywhere initiative drives technical and operational parity across commercial and government regions.

Accenture Cloud First Launches with $3B Investment to Accelerate Clients’ Move to Cloud and Digital Transformation

Accenture announced the formation of Accenture Cloud First with a $3 billion investment over three years to help clients across all industries rapidly become “cloud first” businesses and accelerate their digital transformation to realize greater value at speed and scale. Accenture Cloud First is a new multi-service group of 70,000 cloud professionals that brings together the full power and breadth of Accenture’s industry and technology capabilities, ecosystem partnerships, and deep commitment to responsible business, learning, and upskilling clients’ employees with the singular focus of enabling organizations to move to the cloud with greater speed and achieve greater value for all their stakeholders at this critical time. Accenture’s $3 billion investment will be used to continue advancing—often together with its cloud and broader technology ecosystem partners—industry roadmaps, data models, and solutions; cloud AI data and AI architectures; integrated full-stack infrastructure and applications capabilities; cloud tools, assets, and automation to drive lower unit cost and innovation; and research and development in edge computing and related cloud technologies.

Featured Image: Northrop Grumman and NASA donate Space Shuttle Program boosters to California Science Center for Endeavor display. | Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman 

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