"We could barely make an incredibly flimsy model airplane fly four years ago-just enough to set a world record. Now we can build a tube-launched tactical airplane that can fly a military mission"--Richard J. Foch, a senior scientist with the NRL's expendable vehicles department
The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract with a maximum value of $851 million for production and deployed system support for the Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile program for fiscal year 2010. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin is providing D5 missile hardware production support and reentry system hardware, as well as operations and maintenance to support the readiness and reliability of missile systems deployed aboard Navy Trident II Ohio-class submarines.
The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence has awarded QinetiQ a three-year, 37 million pound contract to continue support for the Eurofighter Typhoon program. The contract covers release to service recommendations, crew protection and performance, mission system software support, technical and business support and airworthiness and safety clearance.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $6.5 million contract from the United Kingdom's NATS, formerly the National Air Traffic Services, to conduct software modeling and field tests of technology to minimize the effects of wind turbines on radar signals. The company will develop and test advanced mitigation algorithms within its S-band approach and L-band en route primary surveillance radars.
The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $14.75 million contract to integrate a digital messaging interface into the service's MH-60R anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopters that will allow them to transmit information to warships via a new Ku band tactical data link. The air to ship Ku band downlink will allow the helicopters to stream large volumes of data to Navy strike group commanders.
Alion Science and Technology is part of a team of contractors awarded a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with a potential value of $2 billion to provide next-generation business management, engineering, computer/information systems development and computer systems support to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The contract is one of the multiple awards from the Electronic FAA Accelerated and Simplified Tasks (eFAST) MOA.
U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation's Sperry Marine business unit a $20.9 million contract to supply navigation radar systems for eight new Navy nuclear attack submarines. The contract calls for Sperry Marine to produce and deliver eight AN/BPS-16(v)5 radar sets to be intalled on Virginia class Block III submarines.
General Dynamics has been awarded an $18.6 million, five-year contract to support the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, under the Seaport-e contract. Under the agreement, the company will provide engineering and technical support of machinery control, machinery information and machinery automation systems.
A friend of mine recently bought an iPhone. She's a small business owner, and one of the first apps she has looked into buying is one that lets her take credit card payments through her phone. Previously, she could only accept cash or check payments, so this app will help make her business more customer friendly. There are several apps to choose from, two of which I've featured below.