Extreme instances of electromagnetic energy from solar events, known as solar storms, could increase in frequency and intensity in 2013, according to space weather experts. While scientists recommend the public and private sectors prepare for the potential threat, insufficient information about the source and nature of solar storms makes the task challenging.
A group of architects at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia have created a solar-powered, eco-friendly, robotic, 3D printer capable of building bridges and other structures from soil and a liquid binder. Known as the Stone Spray Project, the endeavor pushes the boundaries of digitial manufacturing and on-site fabrication machines.
Aerofex Corporation, Manhattan Beach, California, recently released video of a proof-of-concept, motorcycle-like hovercraft that requires no flight control software and is touted as being intuitive to ride. The design pushes dust, snow or debris away from the pilot to avoid the brownout or whiteout conditions helicopter pilots often face in sandy or snowy terrain. The hover bike could be used for personal entertainment, border patrol in areas without roads or in a fleet of first-responder craft. Company officials envision an unmanned version in the future. The proof of concept vehicle is being used as a testbed for manned and unmanned technologies.
Maj. Gen. John A. Davis, USA, has been nominated for assignment as senior military advisor for cyber to the undersecretary of defense for policy, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Washington, D.C.
Honor our Heroes aims to raise $300 million for the four service-branch relief funds that provide direct assistance to military families.
NASA has selected Barrios Technology Limited, Houston, Texas, to provide mission and program integration services for the International Space Station Program at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The contract includes three two-year options valued at approximately $84 million and a provision for additional work not to exceed $50 million. The total potential value of the contract is $384.7 million.
Insitu Incorporated, Bingen, Washington, is being awarded a $23,401,476 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for additional operational and maintenance services in support of the ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems. These services will provide electro-optical/infrared and mid-wave infrared imagery in support of land-based operations in Operation Enduring Freedom to provide real-time imagery and data. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded a $35,980,000 firm fixed price contract for the continued technology development of the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar system and Preliminary Design Review and Capability Demonstration of the radar prototype. Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Electronic Systems Division of Linthicum Heights, Maryland, is being awarded a $34,748,186, and Raytheon Company, Integrated Defense Systems, Sudbury, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $35,195,000. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems of San Diego, California, is being awarded an $87,338,761 firm fixed price, cost plus fixed fee contract for MQ-9 Reaper FY10/11 retrofit kits and installations for up to 80 aircraft. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.