Planet Launches 16 More Dove Small Sats; Engility Wins Air Force Systems Contract; BAE Systems and MacB Partner on Army Intel Contract; USCYBERCOM Seeks Big Data Partner; More
Planet Launches 16 More Dove Small Sats
Planet launched 16 more of its Dove small satellites—Flock 3r—into orbit aboard ISRO’s PSLV C-43 rocket last week. All 16 were deployed into a Sun Synchronous Orbit, joining Planet’s fleet of 100+ satellites and furthering the company’s Earth observation coverage and revisit rates.
Engility Wins Air Force Systems Contract
Engility won a $71 million contract to provide systems engineering and integration services for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s Remote Sensing Systems Directorate (RSSD). Engility will provide integration expertise and personnel for RSSD’s missile warning, missile defense, and battle awareness missions as well as environmental data for aerospace and naval missions.
BAE Systems and MacB Partner on Army Intel Contract
BAE Systems and MacAulay-Brown have partnered on a four-year, $26 million U.S. Army intelligence and security command contract. The companies will support the 116th military intelligence brigade, which provides aerial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance for task forces outside the continental U.S.
USCYBERCOM Seeks Big Data Partner
U.S. Cyber Command seeks a contracting partner to provide engineering expertise, analytics, and software licensing for the development of a big data platform. The program is centered on a scalable cloud computing infrastructure for which the contractor will reduce risk, acquire data, and test betas. USCYBERCOM is looking to issue a one-year contract with two additional one-year options.
Microsoft Awarded Army Augmented Reality Contract
Microsoft won a two-year, $480 million other transaction agreement to produce augmented reality technology for the U.S. Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System program. Microsoft will develop hardware and software prototypes for use in training and battlefield scenarios.
Leidos Wins NOAA Cybersecurity Task Order
Leidos was awarded a potential five-year, $100 million task order to manage cyber and enterprise security operations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Leidos will help NOAA conduct situational awareness for network security and provide department-wide cyber status information to enable timely decision-making.
Harris Delivers Mirror for Ground Telescope
Harris Corporation shipped its largest mirror system ever—3.5 meters and 3,500 pounds—to the Cerro Pachón ridge in Chile to be used in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Assembled and organized by a National Science Foundation team, the telescope will conduct a decade-long survey of the entire visible sky, detecting billions of new objects and contributing to the study of dark matter and dark energy. Operations are scheduled to begin in 2022.
OGSystems to Host Integrated Problem-Solving Forum
OGSystems will host a panel discussion on integrated problem-solving tomorrow, December 4, at the company’s headquarters in Chantilly, Va. Experts from the U.S. Army, BMNT, the LUMA Institute, and more will gather to consider how collaborative and systems-thinking mindsets can be aligned and applied to benefit national security. Register here.
Leidos named Tim Freeman senior vice president of business development and strategy for its defense group. Freeman will lead strategic development, new business capture, and financial strategies for the company’s largest business unit.
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