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Successful concepts will explore connections between multiple readily-accesible data sources to develop real-time insights that can improve public safety responses to emerging threats.
To support its Global Hawk Program, NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) is tapping Gaithersburg, Maryland-based UltiSat, Incorporated to provide commercial Ku-band satellite capacity with coverage of the Continental United States (CONUS), Atlantic and Pacific. AFRC operates Global Hawk UAV aircraft for atmospheric research, including the assessment and monitoring of developing tropical storms to forecast storm tracks and potential landfall points for advanced notifications and warnings. UltiSat is a provider of end-to-end managed satellite communications (SATCOM) networks. "UltiSat is proud to support this scientific application of our SATCOM services,” Steve Roth, UltiSat program director, said. "We are extremely pleased that our modest contribution to the Airborne Science Program will help to enhance the ability to forecast storm strength and path, provide more accurate warnings to the most likely affected populations, and in the end save lives."
Under a $51 million, 3.5 year delivery order on the Training Systems Contract III, Falls Church, Virginia-based CSRA Incorporated will develop and deliver Integrated Tactical Trainers (ITTs) for the Littoral Combat Ship 6, Independence variant, in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) in Orlando, Fla. The ITTs will be installed and operated at the Littoral Combat Training Facility in San Diego. The ITTs will be used as part of CSRA's VirtualShip training platform to help the Navy train its bridge teams for operations at sea. The training platform is an advanced ship and systems simulation software that incorporates high fidelity hydrodynamics, maritime environmental modeling, and it interfaces with external systems and other simulations. The platform supports customers in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, United Kingdom Royal Navy, and others. It currently models 300 ship types and 100 geographic areas. “We are absolutely committed to delivering the tools the Navy needs to hone the ship handling skills of Surface Warriors, making their vital operations at sea safer and more effective,” said Nick Trzcinski, CSRA’s Vice President for Navy & USMC.
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore's National Ignition Facility have found a way to successfully combine laser beams using plasma.