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KeyW Completes Sotera Defense Solutions Acquisition; VATC Selected as CACI Subcontractor for SOCOM Geospatial Support; Spaceflight Industries Unveils BlackSky Spectra


KeyW Completes Sotera Defense Solutions Acquisition

KeyW Holding Corporation completed its acquisition of Sotera Defense Solutions in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $235 million. Together, KeyW and Sotera will deliver engineering and technology solutions to include cyber, cloud, data analytics, geospatial, analysis and operations, and machine learning. The acquisition is expected to be complete by December 2017.

VATC Selected as CACI Subcontractor for SOCOM Geospatial Support

Trainings platform provider Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting (VATC) received a subcontract from CACI International to provide a geospatial database and system engineers in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). VATC will support SOCOM’s geospatial intelligence collection, processing, and dissemination under the contract for the SOFPREP program. SOFPREP delivers and maintains 3D visualization databases and geospatial data for the simulated training of special operations forces.

Spaceflight Industries Unveils BlackSky Spectra

Spaceflight Industries launched BlackSky Spectra, a web-based platform that knits together pictures in a wide range of wavelengths from visible light and infrared to radar imagery. GeekWire reports the on-demand service lets users search through more than 25 million archival images from a multispectral, multinational squadron of satellites. The new satellites in the BlackSky network include Airbus Pleiades, SPOT6/7, KazEOSat-1, and TerraSAR-X. By 2020, BlackSky expects to have a 60-satellite constellation in orbit, providing near-real-time imagery of anywhere on Earth at one-meter resolution.

Google Earth Enterprise Released on GitHub

Google Earth Enterprise (GEE), a server-based and offline version of Google Earth, is now on GitHub as open-source software. This announcement was previously made in January and Thermopylae Sciences & Technology (TST) has been working with Google since then to prepare the code. Open-sourcing GEE allows developers to build and host their own private maps and 3D globes.

Monitor 360 Rebrands to Protagonist

Monitor 360 changed its name to Protagonist. The name comes from the company’s latest technology platform Protagonist and according to its blog post is inspired by the idea that every human is the hero of his or her own story. Read more about the new name.

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