Posted on 17 July 2013 by admin
The U.S. Navy and Lockheed are ready to launch the second Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite on Friday, July 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch window is between 8:48 a.m. and 9:32 a.m. EDT.
A live launch broadcast will begin at 8:28 a.m. EDT and will be accessible via the ULA webcast.
“This is a proud moment for the MUOS team,” said Iris Bombelyn, Lockheed Martin vice president of Narrowband Communications. “It takes a lot of detailed and dedicated work to get us here from a team that spans suppliers, engineers, technicians, customer and subcontractors. I’m proud of their efforts, and we look forward to the difference MUOS will make for mobile users.”
MUOS satellites feature a Wideband Code Division Multiple Access payload that incorporates commercial technology designed to provide 16 times the number of accesses above requirements for the legacy UHF Follow-On system. The satellites also include a hosted legacy UHF payload that will be fully compatible with the current ultra-high frequency system and legacy terminals.
The geosynchronous constellation consists of four satellites and one on-orbit spare, which are expected to achieve full operational capability in 2015, extending UHF narrowband communications availability well past 2025.
Posted on 08 July 2013 by admin
ITT Exelis subsidiary Exelis Visual Information Solutions will highlight recent advances in its ENVI image analysis software for desktop, Web and mobile devices at the annual Esri International User Conference in San Diego, Calif., July 8-12. Exelis partners closely with Esri, the developers of the ArcGIS® software platform, to deliver technologies that allow geographic information systems (GIS) users to extract important information from imagery and use it to make more informed decisions.
“Using the strong foundation we’ve created with integrated image analysis tools on the ArcGIS desktop, we’re now working with Esri to make geographic tools and content available in the cloud,” said Jaye Lampe, president of Exelis Visual Information Solutions. “This advance will allow people to collaborate more, operate more efficiently, and ultimately reduce the time and resources needed to address image analysis industry problems.”
During the international GIS expo and conference, Exelis will highlight how geospatial imagery from a growing number of sensors, in conjunction with ENVI software and Arc GIS, is used to solve problems across industries, particularly in environmental monitoring. Presentations will focus on desktop solutions and how ArcGIS users can now author and publish image analysis services through ArcGIS Online, the Esri cloud-based mapping system released in 2012. Presentations in the Exelis booth #1413 will demonstrate how ENVI tools are used within the ArcGIS platform for applications, including:
• Measuring and mapping coastline erosion.
• Identifying and mapping hazardous marine debris.
• Detecting encroachment of buildings on natural habitat.
• Measuring and mapping forest fire damage extent.
Posted on 08 July 2013 by admin
BAE Systems is advancing the ability of today’s warfighters to securely and reliably communicate battlefield information via jam-resistant waveforms. As the developer of the Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) Anti-Jam (AJ) mode for the Department of Defense, the company tested its mid-tier PHOENIX™ networking radios at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (Fort Dix) in New Jersey.
“Protecting tactical communications is fundamental to maintaining battlefield advantage. Our expertise with the Anti-Jam mode of WNW is evident in the positive results of our field testing at Fort Dix,” said Christopher A. Ager, director of Networked Communications at BAE Systems. “During this testing, each PHOENIX radio successfully and securely communicated across uneven terrain.”
The over-the-air test was conducted within the scope of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), and BAE Systems. The CRADA provides industry with unique opportunities to collaboratively work alongside government engineers, allowing BAE Systems access to government facilities and resources at Fort Dix. The Product Director for C4ISR and Network Modernization — a directorate of CERDEC — provided the venue to host, instrument, and observe the BAE Systems-led tests.
Using PHOENIX radios, soldiers can communicate voice, data, and video for enhanced battlefield awareness. This family of software-defined radios includes three programmable variants, each of which uses the next-generation, government-owned WNW and Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW), and allows multiple configurations: two-channel with SINCGARS, two-channel, and four-channel. With the robust WNW, all PHOENIX variants provide full anti-jam modes to protect communications in hostile environments and when using jammers. This off-the-shelf radio system offers a low size, weight, and power design that integrates easily with the SINCGARS radio space already allotted on U.S. Army ground combat vehicles.
Posted on 07 March 2013 by admin
BAE Systems has been awarded a $43 million cooperative agreement extension to lead the Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) Collaborative Technology Alliance for an additional five years. As a result, the company will have a significant role working with the MAST Alliance’s team of scientists from the U.S. Army, academia, and industry as it advances bio-inspired micro-robotics technology to extend the remote sensing capability of U.S. ground forces. The goal of the research is to enable small robotic platforms – that would be used by individual soldiers – to remotely perform surveillance within complex urban environments and terrain.
“The technologies being developed under MAST will support products that extend soldiers’ capabilities while keeping them out of harm’s way,” said Bill Devine, MAST’s strategic development manager for BAE Systems. “We are proud to continue our successful collaboration with the ARL on the next phase of this exciting program.”
The second phase of the MAST program continues the research, development and integration of several key areas including micro-scale aeromechanics and ambulation; propulsion; sensing, autonomy, communications, navigation, and control; and microscale integration, among others, enabling several different mission-capable robotic platforms.
“Our recent review by the MAST Research Management Board received high marks for the quality and success of the research conducted over the past five years contributing greatly to the decision to award the five year option to extend the program,” said Dr. Brett Piekarski, ARL MAST Consortium manager.
Posted on 19 November 2012 by admin
Lockheed Martin has been selected to apply its extensive experience with protected satellite communications to support a new generation of agile, commercially based military satellite communications technologies. The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) MILSATCOM Systems Directorate awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to demonstrate concepts that allow data to seamlessly flow between existing MILSATCOM legacy systems and future protected communications systems.
“We are excited to help lay the groundwork for the next generation of protected Military Satellite Communications,” said Robert F. Smith, Vice President of Space and Cyber for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions-Defense. “We will leverage this expertise to deliver an innovative, cost effective concept that expands MILSATCOM capacity for the growing needs of tactical forces.”
The 10-month contract is for the “Protected MILSATCOM Design for Affordability Risk Reduction Demonstration Study.” The ultimate objective of the initiative is to develop a flexible and agile system that focuses largely on serving MILSATCOM tactical users, whose needs for protected communications continue to grow. The first phase of the program is designed to determine the feasibility and affordability of using existing or narrowly modified commercial protected satellite communication systems to provide rapid development and low lifecycle costs in support of future MILSATCOM service demands.
Lockheed Martin was one of the contractors selected for the affordable gateway risk reduction and demonstration portion of the study. This portion of the system will ensure the compatibility of new, commercially based systems with legacy systems, including the Advanced Extremely High Frequency System, for which Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor. AEHF is a joint service satellite communications system that provides survivable, global, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority military ground, sea and air assets.
Work on the new gateway contract will be performed at multiple Lockheed Martin and subcontractor facilities across the country.
Posted on 05 November 2012 by admin
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has received an $8.7 million order for vehicular intercom systems from a nation in the Middle East.
The country’s armed forces will install the Harris RF-7800I in Main Battle Tanks and other armored vehicles. The system will allow crew members to talk with each other within vehicles, while also creating a network backbone that integrates vehicular and handheld tactical radio systems.
“The RF-7800I Vehicular Intercom System is a complete solution designed to integrate and interoperate with emerging tactical wideband networks,” said Brendan O’Connell, president, international business, Harris RF Communications. “The system is interoperable with the full family of Harris Falcon tactical radios as well as other military, government and commercial communication devices.”
The RF-7800I is a comprehensive solution for in-vehicle voice and data communication, tactical network connectivity, and battle management system interoperability. It emphasizes modularity, allowing customers to configure vehicular intercom systems according to their mission requirements. System components are easy to install, lightweight and require minimal power to operate. The system provides clear voice communications in the noisiest of environments.