Throughout time, humans have explored their surroundings, crossing oceans and landmasses in pursuit of knowledge and glory. This thirst for knowledge also turned eyes skyward, causing the curious to try to understand the vastness of existence around the planet Earth. As technology advanced, the desire to venture into the cosmos became increasingly possible, until man walked on the moon and equipment traveled much farther away. Fortunately for those who are still on terra firma, gathering information about the universe is much easier than launching on a rocket ship. People can learn and discover more about deep space through adventures in cyberspace without the need for oxygen tanks or special suits.
1st Detect Corporation recently announced that the Joint Science and Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in conjunction with U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Dugway, Utah, has awarded a $735,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase II contract to the company to design and develop a novel sample inlet system intended to significantly improve the sensitivity of mass spectrometers used for chemical detection in the field. The Phase II award enables the company to transition its proof of concept pre-concentrator into a field-testable prototype.
Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS) has been awarded a $25 million task order by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, for software development activities. The program involves the use of ISS' Web Enabled Temporal Analysis System Tool Kit, which enables users to process, analyze, and visualize large amounts of intelligence data from many disparate sources, in multiple form factors. The new task order will provide for software development activities associated with numerous Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security customers. These activities focus on the development of both thick client as well as rich Internet applications, and the exploration of cloud computing technologies and their utility in the Defense Department information exploitation and analysis space. The program enables ISS to continue supporting operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as on-site support at many locations around the United States and internationally.
Rockwell Collins Incorporated, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $29 million contract for the procurement of 55 AN/ARC-243 high frequency radio/ACQ-8 data link systems for the P-3C/EP-3 aircraft for the U.S. Navy, the Government of Norway, and various foreign military sales customers. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
Alliant Techsystems Incorporated, Clearwater, Florida, is being awarded a contract valued at more than $66 million to procure up to 4,600 various AN/AAR-47 missile warning system weapons replaceable assemblies, including new or upgraded optical sensor converters, computer processors and control panels, and associated repairs necessary to return upgrade units to ready for issue condition. These systems are for installation on U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, other services, and various foreign military helicopters, rotorcraft, and low/slow fixed wing aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Dr. Werner Dahm, chief scientist, U.S. Air Force, recently discussed the findings of the Air Force Technology Horizons effort. The four-volume document compiled and released this year focuses on Air Force science and technology efforts in the coming decade and beyond.
Orono Spectral Solutions Incorporated, Orono, Maine, was awarded a $7 million contract to research an integrated monitoring platform that includes threat agent capture, concentration, and presentation and detection system for agent testing. U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Contracting Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
SRI International, Menlo Park, California, was awarded a $49 million contract, in which the government requires SRI International, under the direction of engineering research and development center and with assistance from the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization to provide necessary support, material and equipment, including training center and mobile ground station, to continue operations in Iraq of Desert Owl-1, an existing advanced airborne penetrating radar system. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development Center Contracting Office, Vicksburg, Mississippi, is the contracting activity.