The European Space Agency has awarded Astrum, a subsidiary of EADS, a 105 million Euro contract to build the Sentinel 2-B optical satellite. When complete the Earth observation satellite will join the Sentinel 2-A spacecraft to cover all of the planet's land masses in five-day cycles, sending back data and images for at least 15 years.
The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence has awarded Thales UK an initial three-year support contract for the Watchkeeper unmanned aerial system program, for which Thales is also the prime system integrator. The agreement is a performance-based Contractor Logistics Support service, requiring the company to provide spares and repairs, technical support and a Watchkeeper training facility.
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General Dynamics' C4 Systems business unit has named Col. Valerie Jircitano Jacocks, USA (Ret.), as director of Army accounts for its Washington, D.C., operations.
Rear Adm. David L. Philman, USN, has been assigned as director, Warfare Integration/senior national representative, N8F, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
SRA International Incorporated, Fairfax, Virginia, has appointed Mark Ginevan as vice president for enterprise information technology and infrastructure programs, and Col. Carl Williamson, USAF (Ret.), as vice president.
Maj. Gen. John W. Morgan III, USA, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as commander, Force Command, Heidelberg, Germany.
AFCEA International and the AFCEA Educational Foundation have an integrated plan to deliver on the recruitment, retention and renewal of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers.
QinetiQ North America's Mission Solutions Group has appointed Austin Yamada as senior vice president for strategy and business development.
Capt. Michael W. Hewitt, USN, has been selected for promotion to rear admiral and assignment as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, Norfolk, Virginia.