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U.S. Army displays model of new hypersonic weapon

February 28, 2020 •

The U.S. Army recently displayed a model of what it is calling a Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW). The contract awards mark an important step in transitioning the development of Army hypersonic capabilities out of the government laboratories and into commercial production

A milestone for the Air Force’s experimental navigation satellite

February 7, 2020 •

L3Harris was awarded an $84 million contract through the Space Enterprise Consortium in 2018 to be the prime system integrator for NTS-3. The experimental satellite is on an aggressive development schedule, with plans to have it on orbit within 40 months of the time it was put under contract.

Build Your Future Shipbuilding Established to Address Workforce Shortages

February 6, 2020 •

Funded by the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) and supported by several trade organizations, Build Your Future Shipbuilding connects students and professionals in the industry to help bridge the skills gap and provide a path from career exploration, to education and training, to career launch.

Are Feds Ready for 5G Networks?

January 21, 2020 •

Both defense and civilian agencies are interested in 5G. The DOD announced plans this past fall to test 5G at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Washington state; Hill Air Force Base, in Utah; Naval Base San Diego in California; and the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga. In December, the DOD released four draft requests for proposal through the National Spectrum Consortium, a research and development collaboration among government agencies, industry and academia.

UCI researchers assess the psychological and physiological effects of augmented reality

January 8, 2020 •

The UCI School of Medicine, in partnership with Chenega Healthcare Services, LLC and MedCognition, was awarded a $1.2 million contract through the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium to examine the psychological effects of augmented reality (AR) medical simulation training.

LSP Technologies Wins NSRP grant to Install Laser Peening System To Deter Aluminum Survivability Onboard Navy Littoral Combat Ship

January 7, 2020 •

A $1.78 million National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) project will be funded to the lead contractor, Hepburn & Sons, along with LSP Technologies and Vigor Shipyards. The Naval Surface War Center’s Carderock Division will provide technical expertise from the Navy to support this project.

#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: My 2019 in a review – by Joerg Kreisel

January 2, 2020 •

2019 was quite a mix for us, both good and surprising, and three developments made our year. First, the overall progress regarding on-orbit servicing (OOS) and active debris removal (ADR) globally, supported by CONFERS and its members, i.e. the launch of MEV-1 as the first-ever commercial OOS mission, and the positive evolutions of e.g. Astroscale Holdings Inc. and iBOSS GmbH.

Pentagon Prototypes 5G With Innovation On-Ramp

December 4, 2019 •

As the Defense Department scrambles to keep ahead of China, it’s relying more and more on public-private partnerships called consortia to connect it to innovative high-tech firms. The latest example comes in an announcement Monday that only members of the National Spectrum Consortium can bid on pilot projects to install prototype 5G networks to manage radar and radio spectrum, “smart warehouse” logistics, and other functions on four military bases.

IWRP Marks Successful First Year of Rapid Prototype Development for the Warfighter

November 25, 2019 •

Since declaring full operational capability (FOC) in October 2018, the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP) continues to surpass significant milestones designed to accelerate the delivery of technology to the warfighter.

To tackle 5G, the key will be collaboration

November 20, 2019 •

At the Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles in October, the Department of Defense unveiled plans for several 5G testbeds that have the potential to revolutionize how the government shares radio spectrum, trains service members and moves materiel around the nation and the world.