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Boeing Supports Space Based Surveillance System

June 14, 2013
George I. Seffers
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The Boeing Co., Seal Beach, Calif., has been awarded a $10,892,553 cost-plus-award-fee contract modification for contractor logistic support, analysis, and Type III anomaly support for the Space Based Space Surveillance Block 10 System. This modification provides for the exercise of an option for these services, which are provided under the basic contract. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center/Space Superiority Directorate, Los Angeles, Calif., is the contracting activity.

Intific Receives Research and Development Contract

June 14, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Intific Inc., Peckville, Pa., has been awarded a $24,960,275 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Plan X intuitive interfaces (PXII) software/hardware. The objective of the PXII effort is to design the overall Plan X visualizations and user experience, including workflows, intuitive views, motion studies, and integrated visual applications. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y., is the contracting activity. 

Lockheed Martin to Support United Kingdom Tomahawk Systems

June 14, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services, King of Prussia, Pa., is being awarded a $7,167,332 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise an option for software development in support of the Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System, including system engineering, software, hardware deployment and support, and management efforts required to field the system. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the United Kingdom under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity. 

L-3 to Design Undersea Warfare Training Range

June 14, 2013
George I. Seffers
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L-3 Communications MariPro Inc., Goleta, Calif., is being awarded a $10,195,466 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise two options for design and installation services for an undersea warfare training range (USWTR) off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla., training and support services following delivery of the USWTR, and spares. The Naval Air Warfare Center, Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla. is the contracting activity.  

iRobot to Provide Robotic Systems and Parts

June 14, 2013
George I. Seffers
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iRobot Corp., Bedford, Mass., was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $30 million for the procurement of robotic systems and spare parts. The Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity.

Nominate a Heroine in Technology

June 13, 2013

Women who use technology in their professional lives as well as make significant contributions to their communities will be honored at the 13th Annual Heroines in Technology Gala, on November 8, 2013 at the Hilton McLean of Tysons Corner, Virginia. Award winners will be announced in five categories: Rising Heroine, Individual Heroine, Corporate Heroine, AFCEA International Government and Lifetime Achievement.

Nominations for the awards are now being accepted online. The deadline for submissions is July 12, 2013.

The AFCEA NOVA Chapter and the March of Dimes sponsor and present the awards. Tickets can be purchased on the March of Dimes Maryland-National Capital Area website.

 

Research Paves Possible Path to Better Batteries

June 13, 2013

Research at the Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, has revealed part of the mechanism by which particles of lithium ions move in and out of lithium iron phosphate (LFP). The findings could lead to improved performance in lithium ion batteries used in aircraft, electric vehicles and electronic equipment.

LFP is the newest, most recent material being used for lithium ion batteries and is considered safer and longer lasting than previously used materials such as lithium cobalt oxide. Until now, scientists did not understand how lithium ions move in and out of LFP while storing and releasing electrical energy. But now, X-ray microcoscopy has revealed that the lithium ions in LFP behave much like popcorn, in that they absorb the lithium one particle at a time as they are discharged. Researchers believe that this observed and recorded behavior explains, in part, the improved performance of LFP. The finding is important to a better understanding of how to construct improved lithium ion batteries using LFP. The research was funded internally by the U.S. Department of Energy and is reported in the journal Nano Letters.
 

 

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