General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., is being awarded a $12,583,958 option exercise for the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft fiscal 2010/2011 retrofits. The location of the performance is Poway, Calif. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Redondo Beach, Calif., is being awarded a $148,313,460 contract for the Enhanced Polar System Control and planning segment, which will provide extremely high frequency protected satellite communications capability to forces operating in the North Polar Region. The location of the performance is Redondo Beach, Calif. The contracting activity is the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.
Adaptive Methods Inc., Centreville, Va., is being awarded a $7,477,445 cost-plus-fixed-fee Phase II Small Business Innovation Research contract under topic N02-152, entitled “Environmental Mission Planner.” This effort shall upgrade the existing fleet product, FORCEnet ASPECT, from its current capabilities for the Improved Extended Echo Ranging System and the emerging Multistatic Active Coherent System. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $9,088,594 firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursement modification to a previously issued delivery order for additional airborne mine countermeasures test support and system development efforts in support of the MH-60S aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
Engility Corp., Mount Laurel, N.J., is being awarded a $9,746,234 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide technical and engineering support services in the areas of requirement specification, design, implementation, test, management, and maintenance of laboratory/information system and project/program related software in support of the VH Executive Transportation Program, the MH-53 program, the VXX program, and Avionics System Integration. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $31,937,699 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, time and material contract for Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods for the Iraq Air Force. The contract involves foreign military sales to Iraq. The contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.
University of Pennsylvania, Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia, is being awarded an $8,122,014 modification to a cost contract. Option 1 is being exercised to continue research under the Broad Operational Language Translation program to address the compelling need to perform multi-turn communication with non-English speaking local populations of foreign countries and allies. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $15,010,161 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for operations and maintenance services in support of the MQ-8B Fire Scout. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, and Patuxent River, Md., and is expected to be completed in November 2013. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $12,276,792 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to previously awarded contract to exercise an option for engineering service support of the AN/BVY-1 Integrated Submarine Imaging System (ISIS). The AN/BVY-1 ISIS provides mission critical, all-weather, visual, and electronic search, digital image management, indication, warning and platform architecture interface capabilities for U.S. Navy submarines. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Co., Aurora, Colo., is being awarded a $7,242,477 contract modification for support of the Global Positioning Systems, Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX). The contracting activity is the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.
Scientists bend, not break, the laws of physics.
Faced with limitations imposed by physics, laboratory researchers are generating antenna innovations by tweaking constructs to change the rules of the antenna game. Their efforts do not seek to violate long-held mathematical theorems or laws of physics. Instead, they are working to find lawful ways of working around limitations that long have inhibited the development of antennas that would suit user needs with fewer tradeoffs.
Beamforming could help increase capacity of cellphone networks to meet the demands of data-hungry smartphones and tablets.
Academic investigations are establishing the future of transmission technology for troops and civilians.
Improving antennas for defense or commercial purposes has as much to do with mathematics as it does with hardware. Researchers in the Wireless Networking and Communications Group at the University of Texas at Austin are exploring algorithms along with other properties that should improve communications systems on the battlefield.
U.S. Army officials seek to replace the commonly used device.
U.S. Air Force researchers use 3-D printers and other cutting-edge concepts to create the next innovations.
There is no Moore’s Law for antennas because size reduction and performance improvement will always be subject to the limitations imposed by electromagnetic physics and material properties. But steady advances in computer technologies, such as electromagnetic modeling and simulation and 3-D printing, enable antenna technology researchers to push the limits of possibility on behalf of the warfighters.
The program may be revolutionary, but its product is evolutionary.
Despite its sea-change approach to acquisition, the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network program is being designed to evolve from its predecessor, the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, in bids submitted by the two teams vying for the multibillion-dollar contract. The two bidders are focusing their efforts on the transition between the two networks, which is a process that will take several years.