Airbus and Planet Announce Partnership; GEO 5 Strengthens FAA GPS Coverage; exactEarth and IHS Markit Launch Vessel Tracking Service; AWS Expands Contract Center, Offers Deep Learning Images; More
Airbus and Planet Announce Partnership
Airbus and Planet entered a satellite imagery partnership aimed at providing customers with comprehensive temporal and spatial data and co-developed analytic products. Customers will benefit from access to both companies’ constellations and captured imagery, including the entire Earth’s landmass every day at three-meter resolution from Planet’s satellites, and intra-daily, sub-meter resolution data from Airbus’ Pléiades and SkySat constellations.
GEO 5 Strengthens FAA GPS Coverage
The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting (GEO) 5 Wide Area Augmentation System payload is now operational, correcting signal errors, increasing coverage, and improving GPS accuracy. Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services vertical developed hardware for GEO 5, including a payload on Eutelsat’s GEO satellite, two ComSAT ground sites, and SED Systems equipment.
exactEarth and IHS Markit Launch Vessel Tracking Service
exactEarth and IHS Markit are partnering to provide AIS Platinum, a combined service to track vessels worldwide in real-time. The solution’s foundation is exactView RT, a global satellite AIS service powered by Harris, consisting of more than 60 maritime payloads. Another 2,000 IHS Markit terrestrial stations will provide further coverage in high-density areas.
AWS Expands Contract Center, Offers Machine Learning Images
Amazon Web Services announced the expansion of its public sector contract center to include broader contract vehicles for international organizations. Additionally, AWS released Amazon machine images, designed for the creation of virtual deep learning servers and AI applications in AWS GovCloud.
VMWare Announces Cloud Service
VMWare announced the launch of VMWare Cloud, a hybrid solution now available on AWS GovCloud. The service is designed to be a common infrastructure for public sector agencies, and will improve IT and cost efficiencies by enabling seamless migration to cloud environments while maintaining security standards.
Carahsoft and Plurilock Partner on Identity Assurance
Carahsoft Technology Corp. and Plurilock Security Solutions announced last week a distribution partnership to offer Plurilock’s real-time identity assurance software to federal agencies and reseller partners. The solution analyzes users’ behavior to identify suspicious or unrecognized patterns and block access when necessary, protecting customers’ networks from insider threats.
General Dynamics Awarded NOAA Computing Contract
General Dynamics received a potential 10-year, $553 million contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support NOAA’s high-performance computing and communications platforms. The follow-on ID/IQ contract was originally awarded to CSRA, which was acquired by General Dynamics in April.
General Atomics Wins Marine Corps ISR Contract
General Atomics will provide unmanned aerial ISR support to the U.S. Marine Corps under a potential $39.6 million contract. The company will use its MQ-9 Reaper drone to assist the Corps’ Task Force Southwest operations.
President Trump intends to nominate Joseph Maguire, president and CEO of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, to serve as director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Maguire previously worked as deputy director for strategic operational planning at NCC and served on the National Security Council’s Counterterrorism Security Group in his last government assignment.
The MITRE Corporation appointed Beth Meinert VP and director of the Center for Enterprise Modernization-Financial and Economic Transformation (CEM-FET) FFRDC. Meinert has been with MITRE since 1988 and has led work programs, federal partnerships, military portfolios, and more.
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