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Northrop Grumman to Deliver Radar Technology to Five Countries

June 12, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Electronic Business Segment, Linthicum Heights, Md., has been awarded a maximum $115 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide 16 AN/APG-68 (V)9 radar systems for the Royal Thai Air Force and 22 AN/APG-68 (V)9 radar systems for the Republic of Iraq for a total of 38 radar systems. This foreign military sale also includes spares for the Egyptian Air Force, Royal Moroccan Air Force and Pakistan Air Force. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Special Operations Procures Satellite Communications Antennas

June 12, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Trivec-Avant Corp., Huntington Beach, Calif., and Antenna Research Associates Inc., Beltsville, Md., were awarded a maximum $10 million, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for nine types of ultrahigh frequency satellite communications antennas to be used in various configurations by special operations forces. The U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. 

Raydon to Deliver Driver Trainer Systems

June 12, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Raydon Corporation, Port Orange, Fla., announced today it was awarded a multi-year contract with a value in excess of $40 million from the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation to design, develop and deliver common driver trainer systems for a variety of tactical vehicles. The Common Driver Trainer system consists of virtual trainers, which will be used to train members of the armed forces in the operation of the combat vehicles being fielded to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and to bases in both Korea and Japan, as well as technical refresh to existing common driver trainer systems fielded through the United States.

White House Flips the Switch on Electric Grid Modernization

June 11, 2013

As part of his effort to build a 21st century infrastructure, U.S. President Barack Obama on June 10 signed a presidential memorandum designed to speed the modernization of the nation’s electric grid. The initiative will help make electricity more reliable, save consumers money on their energy bills and support homegrown American clean energy jobs and industries by making renewable energy easier to access across the country, say White House officials.

The memorandum directs federal agencies to create an integrated pre-application process across the federal government to help identify and address issues before the formal permit application process begins. It also calls for streamlined coordination of permitting processes across the federal, state and tribal governments. In addition, it directs agencies to identify and improve the use of energy corridors on federal lands that are most suitable for electric transmission projects sites, which will help expedite permits while improving environmental and community outcomes. Furthermore, it prioritizes engagement with stakeholders and the public to arrive at the best quality projects with the least conflicts and most support.

Cool App-titude: Instructables

June 25, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Need a place to explore, document and share your outrageous inventions or creations? The Instructables app for iOS and Android has more than 100,000 tutorials, from useful do-it-yourself projects to recipes and new technologies. It is a home for creative minds around the globe.

The idea for Instructables was born at the MIT Media Lab, where the future founders of the app's creator Squid Labs searched for a place to share their projects and connect with others. Instructables was officially spun out of Squid Labs in 2006 and has continued to grow exponentially.

Download the free app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play to get inspired.

Watch the video below to see what it’s all about.

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Cool App-titude: Slooh Space Camera for iPad

June 11, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Tap into your inner astronomer with the Slooh Space Camera for the iPad. Learn more about space while you watch live celestial programming in true color and listen to Sky Guide audio.

Slooh manages a network of robotic space cameras in world class observing sites, like the Canary Islands, located high up in the mountains away from light pollution and bad weather systems. App users can image the night sky by commanding one of the cameras and taking a photo stamped with the date, time and observatory information.

The Slooh sky chart shows an accurate depiction of the sky as seen from your present location and time.

In addition, Slooh produces free, live celestial shows on a weekly basis covering all types of activity, including solar flares, asteroids, eclipses and planets.

The app is free, but it costs $1.99 per “mission” to snap photos. Download the app from the iTunes App Store.

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