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DARPA DARPA aims to develop network of small satellites. Scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are interested in developing a network of smaller, less-expensive satellites that would replace current satellites. DARPA is keen to conduct an in-orbit demonstration of the satellite networks in 2014 or 2015. Raytheon's BBN Technologies division is designing the network that would be used by the satellites. Aug 16, 2011

General Dynamics General Dynamics will acquire Vangent for $960 million. General Dynamics has agreed to acquire Vangent Holding Corp., a government contractor, for about $960 million. The acquisition will help give General Dynamics "the scope and scale to compete in markets that are receiving high priority in current funding and entitlement-reform initiatives," the company says. Aug 17, 2011

Lockheed Martin Taiwan seeks U.S. OK to upgrade F-16s with AESA radar. Taiwan is striving to upgrade its F-16 jets from Lockheed Martin with active, electronically scanned array radar. Taiwan has asked the U.S. for permission to upgrade the F-16s, and the U.S. plans to decide on the upgrade and other requests by Oct. 1. Other Asian countries, such as South Korea and Singapore, are also considering upgrading F-16s with AESA radar. Aug 16, 2011

Lockheed Martin, NASA Lockheed engineers will test spaceship at facility near Denver. Engineers at Lockheed Martin are preparing a spaceship for the latest round of tests at a facility near Denver. Lockheed built the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle under a $7.5 billion contract from NASA. The spaceship could eventually transport astronauts to the International Space Station or more-distant missions. Aug 15, 2011

Naval Research Laboratory NRL Flight-Tests Autonomous Multi-Target, Multi-User Tracking Capability. The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) through the support of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), have shown an autonomous multi-sensor motion-tracking and interrogation system that reduces the workload for analysts by automatically finding moving objects, then presenting high-resolution images of those objects with no human input. Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets in the field generate vast amounts of data that can overwhelm human operators and can severely limit the ability of an analyst to generate intelligence reports in operationally relevant timeframes. This multi-user tracking capability enables the system to manage collection of imagery without continuous monitoring by a ground or airborne operator, thus requiring fewer personnel and freeing up operational assets. During flight tests, March 2011, multiple real-time tracks generated by a wide-area persistent surveillance sensor (WAPSS) were autonomously cross-cued to a high-resolution narrow field-of-view (NFOV) interrogation sensor via an airborne network. Both sensors were networked by the high-speed Tactical Reachback Extended Communications, TREC, data-link provided by the NRL Information Technology Division, Satellite and Wireless Technology Branch. The network sensing demonstration utilized sensors built under other ONR sponsored programs. The interrogation sensor was the precision, jitter-stabilized EyePod developed under the Fusion, Exploitation, Algorithm, and Targeting High-Altitude Reconnaissance (FEATHAR) program. EyePod is a dual-band visible-near infrared and long-wave infrared sensor mounted inside a nine-inch gimbal pod assembly designed for small UAV platforms. The mid-wave infrared nighttime WAPSS (N-WAPSS) was chosen as the wide-area sensor, and has a 16 mega-pixel, large format camera that captures single frames at four hertz (cycles per second) and has a step-stare capability with a one hertz refresh rate. Using precision geo-projection of the N-WAPSS imagery, all moving vehicle-size objects in the FOV were tracked in real-time. The tracks were converted to geodetic coordinates and sent via an air-based network to a cue manager system. The cue manager autonomously tasked EyePod to interrogate all selected tracks for target classification and identification. Aug 17, 2011

Northrop Grumman Northrop seeks new customers for unmanned air system. Mark Gamache of Northrop Grumman says the defense company is seeking new customers for its Bat unmanned air system, which it touts as being modular, multimission and "affordable." Gamache says Northrop will be delivering several Bat systems to the Air Force Research Laboratory. Northrop is studying other versions of the UAS, including a naval version called Sea BAT. Aug 19, 2011

Northrop Grumman Export controls undermine industry, Northrop CEO says. Wes Bush, CEO at Northrop Grumman, is raising concerns about the consequences of export controls. "Today's export restrictions are hurting the industry in the U.S. without making us any safer, and they could cause the U.S. to relinquish to other nations, ultimately, its lead in these technologies," Bush said. Aug 18, 2011

Northrop Grumman Northrop's move to Virginia is important for firm, CEO says. Northrop Grumman is moving its headquarters to Falls Church, Va., in an effort to grow. "This is an important move for the company, and it's one that we believe will improve the effectiveness in serving the nation and our customers," said Northrop CEO Wesley G. Bush. "The proximity to Washington enables us to be a more integrated part of the federal process." However, the aerospace company will continue to have a significant presence in Southern California. Aug 18, 2011

Raytheon Raytheon Approach to DARPA Project Applicable For All Military Services. An ongoing series of Raytheon Company trade studies for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program revealed there is broad, cross-service applicability to Raytheon's proposed solution. Raytheon's proposed PCAS solution will develop technologies that significantly reduce the timeline for close air support through improved coordination among Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs), airborne sensors and weapons. Raytheon's approach to PCAS will enable the controllers to employ unmanned aircraft and rapidly and effectively select weapons. Raytheon's PCAS solution will decrease the JTAC's workload while improving their situational awareness. Raytheon is integrating the work of several team members including Rockwell Collins and GE Aviation. Raytheon is using an open architecture approach to enable PCAS to grow and integrate into current and future command and control systems. Aug 18, 2011

TAT Technologies TAT Technologies Reports Year 2011 Second Quarter Results. TAT Technologies, a leading provider of services and products to the commercial and military aerospace and ground defense industries, reported today its results for the three month and six month periods ended June 30, 2011. TAT announced revenues of $19.9 million and a net income of $0.64 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, compared to revenues of $18.6 million with net income of $0.02 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 an increase of 6.7% in revenues and of 3,342% in net income. During the Second quarter of 2011, revenues were impacted by (i) the increase in revenues in the OEM of Heat Management Solutions segment; (ii) the increase in revenues in the Heat Transfer Services and Products segment; (iii) the increase in revenues in the MRO Services for Aviation Components segment; (iv) partially offset by the decrease in revenues in the OEM of Electric Motion Systems segment.

Aug 16, 2011

Teal Group Defense companies shift to remote control combat. The Unmanned Systems North America exhibition in Washington, D.C., features a variety of military robots and other gadgets, highlighting a shift among defense firms. The aerospace and defense consulting firm Teal Group predicts that spending on unmanned aerial vehicles around the globe will jump from $5.9 billion this year to $11.3 billion by the end of the decade. Aug 19, 2011

United Technologies Pratt & Whitney EcoPower[umlaut] Engine Wash Extends to Helicopter Market. Pratt & Whitney has completed its first EcoPower engine washes on a U.S. Navy SH-60 Seahawk helicopter at Naval Base Coronado, Calif. The first EcoPower helicopter engine washes signify that EcoPower services are now available for military helicopters, in addition to large commercial and military aircraft. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX - News) company. "Helicopters operating in harsh environments with salt and sand need to be washed after almost every flight to maintain performance. EcoPower engine wash is the first environmentally sound solution for washing helicopter engines," said Lou Quattrocchi, Pratt & Whitney Product Line Management vice president. "The closed-loop system of the EcoPower engine wash uses pure water and no harsh chemicals, making the whole process safe and environmentally responsible. Helicopter engines can now be washed anywhere on the flight line with EcoPower." Pratt & Whitney's patented EcoPower engine wash system reduces fuel burn and carbon dioxide emissions, while also decreasing engine gas temperature, increasing the amount of time an engine can stay on wing. Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries. EcoPower is a registered trademark of United Technologies Corporation. Aug 19, 2011

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