IARPA Initiates 3D Imagery Modeling Program; DoD Seeks PNT Support; Maxar to Relocate Corporate HQ to Colorado; OGC Announces Earth Observation Hackathon; More
IARPA Initiates 3D Imagery Modeling Program
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) launched a new research effort to develop automated modeling algorithms that construct visual representations of satellite and aerial data. Called Creation of Operationally Realistic 3-D Environment (CORE3D), the multi-year effort will support the use of models for rapid response to military or humanitarian crises in remote areas. The activity has contracted with General Electric, Vision Systems, and Applied Research Associates to support the program.
DoD CIO Seeks Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Support
The Defense Department’s Chief Information Officer released a solicitation memo for a contractor to provide programs and systems engineering supporting the DoD’s positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) enterprise. The selected contractor will also assess cyber vulnerabilities and potential areas of risk throughout the PNT sector.
Maxar to Relocate Corporate HQ to Colorado
Maxar Technologies announced plans to transfer its corporate headquarters from San Francisco to Westminster, Colo. The move is expected to generate approximately 800 jobs in the region, and serves to unify the company’s executive team and future shared services organizations.
e-GEOS Awarded Australian Maritime Safety Authority Contract
e-GEOS was awarded a contract to provide the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) with data from Italy’s COSMO-SkyMed satellites—marketed as the world’s only dual-use radar Earth observation constellation. AMSA will use data from the four operational satellites to monitor oil spills and illegal waste dumping as well as to coordinate emergency operations at sea.
OGC Announces Earth Observation Hackathon
The Open Geospatial Consortium is calling for participation in its Earth Observation Exploitation Platform Hackathon. The event seeks to determine whether results from the recent OGC Testbed-13 research initiative are fit to use as a basis for future programs. Participants will establish research design decisions, identify missing elements, and choose the best solution for the upcoming Testbed-14 program. The hackathon will run from March to May, and a webinar is scheduled Feb. 19 for those interested in participating.
TerraGo Introduces New GXP InForm Application
TerraGo launched its new GXP InForm app, an add-on module for BAE Systems’ GXP Xplorer platform. InForm, built using the TerraGo Magic platform, allows users to customize forms, maps, and workflows to support diverse operations anywhere in the world. Mobile features including basemaps and forms are accessible via the app even without a network connection.
Peraton announced David Myers was appointed president of its communications sector. Myers will lead the sector’s strategic development and growth in government satellite and Earth-based communications markets.
President Trump nominated Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone as the new head of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command. Nakasone will succeed current NSA and Cybercom chief Adm. Michael Rogers, who plans to retire by spring.
NGA’s former associate director of capabilities Dr. Anthony Vinci was promoted to the agency’s newly created chief technology officer role. Vinci will focus on integrating cutting-edge technology such as artificial intelligence, computer vision, and augmentation with the agency’s people and processes.
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