Iridium Communications Inc. has awarded a $492 million contract to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) for satellite space launch services. Under the terms of the contract, the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle will carry multiple Iridium NEXT satellites per vehicle, inserting the satellites into a low-Earth orbit as Iridium replaces its current satellite constellation. Efforts will take place over a two-year period starting in early 2015.
Alliant Techsystems Inc. has been awarded an $8.9 million firm-fixed-price contract to produce the 120-millimeter (mm) accelerated precision mortar initiative (APMI) with the goal of fielding the 120-mm precision-guided mortar cartridge. The contract, let by the U.S. Contracting Command, Joint Munitions and Lethality Contracting Center, will encompass all activities necessary to produce approximately 1,310 APMI cartridges at an estimated total value of $18.3 million.
Brig. Gen. Scott A. Bethel, USAF, has been assigned as director, strategy, integration and doctrine, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Migration into a cloud environment by means of virtualization of servers is extremely attractive and has instant paybacks. Compared with other software-intensive improvements, the ability to combine servers in order to increase computer utilization from less than 20 percent to over 70 percent is the most attractive choice in the current environment, when cuts in IT budgets for FY12 and beyond are required by end of this July.
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The Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded Navistar Defense LLC a $17 million firm-fixed-priced delivery order modification under previous contract for sustainment support to maintain Category I Mine Resistant Ambush Protected low-rate initial production vehicles in theater. Navistar will provide procurement support to field service representatives in the Central Command area of responsibility. Work will be performed in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq, with completion planned for June 2011.
ManTech Systems Engineering Corporation has received a $17 million modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to exercise an option for procurement of warfare analysis, modeling and simulation software development, and analytic program support. Under the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's contract, the company will perform work for the Naval Air Systems Command's Warfare Analysis and Integration Department at Patuxent River and Lexington Park, Maryland.