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exactEarth Doubles Size of its AIS Constellation; Norwegian Space Center Orders Maritime Tracking Satellite; Woolpert Wins FEMA Disaster Relief Contract; Air Force Awards Data Link Contract; More


exactEarth Doubles Size of its AIS Constellation 

exactEarth has added nine satellites to its exactView constellation powering the company’s AIS data service. With 18 active satellites, the service’s latency rates are down to one minute following the initial signal, which the company claims makes exactView the fastest AIS product on the market.

Norwegian Space Center Orders Maritime Tracking Satellite

The Space Flight Laboratory at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies announced the construction of maritime tracking microsatellite NorSat-3, ordered by the Norwegian Space Center. NorSat-3’s payload will include an experimental navigation radar detector in addition to the traditional AIS receiver. This will be Norway’s fourth maritime traffic monitoring satellite.

Woolpert Wins FEMA Disaster Relief Contract

FEMA awarded Woolpert part of a five-year, $610 million contract for public and technical assistance supporting disaster relief in 17 states including Texas, Louisiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and much of the Midwest U.S. The firm will work with Serco Inc. to provide emergency engineering and architectural help on public infrastructure after declared emergencies or natural disasters. Woolpert last year supplied state and federal agencies with high-resolution before-and-after imagery to assist with relief efforts following hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Air Force Awards Data Link Contract

The U.S. Air Force awarded nine companies positions on a 10-year, $496 million data link contract. Awardees include BAE Systems, Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cubic Corp., L3 Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and Rockwell Collins. The nine vendors will accommodate command and control data, video data and information capture, system migrations, anti-access strategy, and more.

C4ISR Market Predicted to Grow $19 Billion in Five Years

A new market research study reports the C4ISR market is projected to reach $119.39 billion by 2022. This valuation assumes a compound annual growth rate of 3.56 percent and a total $19 billion in growth for the industry, which was estimated at $100.25 billion in 2017. The same study predicts the highest market share will be held by land-based platforms, while electronic warfare will experience the fastest growth.

Peer Intel

OGSystems recently announced a new executive leadership team. Co-founder Omar Balkissoon will transition from CEO to chairman of the board—he’ll soon focus on growing the firm’s GeoSpark Analytics spin out. OGSystems’ president and co-founder Garrett Pagon will step into the role of CEO. Steve Martin was recently promoted to chief operating officer and Dan Ehrmantraut to chief financial officer.

Peter Highnam, formerly NGA’s director of research, was named deputy director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He succeeds Stefanie Tompkins and will support the agency’s future research projects in areas such as machine learning and AI, biomechanics, and data management and analytics.

Photo Credit: exactEarth

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