Lockheed Martin Building New Satellite Facility; Accenture Acquires Search Technologies; CACI ISS Awarded Navy C4ISR Contract; Leidos Test AgilePod for U.S. Air Force
Lockheed Martin Building New Satellite Facility
Lockheed Martin recently began construction on a new, $350 million facility that will produce next-generation satellites. The Gateway Center will be located on the company’s Waterton Canyon campus near Denver, Colo. The facility will include a state-of-the-art high bay clean room capable of simultaneously building a spectrum of micro- to macro-satellites. The building will accommodate recent growth and future projects. Completion of the Gateway Center is slated for 2020.
Accenture Acquires Search Technologies
Accenture acquired Search Technologies, a Virginia-based technology services firm specializing in the design, implementation, and management of big data and search analytics. Search Technologies delivers content analytics capabilities helping clients better understand their business, customers, and markets through transactional and contextual data. By applying machine learning to this type of client data, Accenture can help generate new insights.
CACI ISS Awarded Navy C4ISR Contract
CACI Integrated Security Solutions (ISS) was awarded a $10 million contract by the U.S. Navy for C4ISR support. According to C4ISRNet, the CACI ISS team will support the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications Mission Solutions Division. The contract is scheduled for completion by December 2017.
Leidos Tests AgilePod for U.S. Air Force
Leidos recently completed testing of sensor systems on the U.S. Air Force’s multi-sensor platform AgilePod. Leidos led AgilePod’s design, integration, and flight demonstration. According to the press release, AgilePod was built to integrate multiple sensors onto operational systems. Leidos modified the platform to prepare the capability for initial flight demonstrations. This risk reduction test showed how open architectures along with mechanical and electrical solutions can reconfigure sensors to support operational needs for multiple aircraft. Testing was conducted as part of Project Harvest Reaper and run by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Sensors Directorate Blue Guardian team.
GMU Awarded $10M DHS Grant
The Department of Homeland Security selected George Mason University (GMU) to lead the Department’s Center of Excellence in Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis. The $10 million grant is among the latest research awards the university has received. Under the grant, GMU will lead a consortium of universities and law enforcement agencies to investigate patterns of criminal activities and forensics, and develop strategies to predict and disrupt transnational crime.
USGIF Working Group to Participate in Small Satellite Conference
The 2017 Small Satellite Conference is Aug. 5-10 at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. USGIF’s Small Sats Working Group will host a session on GEOINT Analytics and Small Sats Aug. 8. Panelists will discuss both space systems and ground systems including the analytics needed to answer defense and intelligence user needs.
Nitro Solutions appointed Lisa Monnet as its new CEO. Prior to joining Nitro Solutions, Monnet served as a senior advisor providing multidiscipline support to the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense worldwide. She also founded numerous startups within the general aviation and technology industry.
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