BAE Systems Team Wins U.S. Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle Competition

STAFFORD, Virginia — The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems a $198 million contract to deliver an initial 30 Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV), with options for a total of 204 vehicles which could be worth up to $1.2 billion. BAE Systems, along with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles, prevailed in the Marine Corps’ robust competition for the next generation of vehicles to get the Marines from ship to shore to engage in land combat operations.

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Rockwell Collins completes preliminary design review for U.S. Navy TCTS Inc. II program

Rockwell Collins’ Tactical Combat Training System significantly improves training realism and effectiveness for advancing warfighter proficiency.

  • New system to significantly improve training realism and effectiveness while protecting tactics, techniques and procedures

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 19, 2018) – Rockwell Collins has successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS Inc. II) program with the U.S. Navy and has been approved to begin detailed design work. Performed on schedule with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Naval Aviation Training Systems (PMA-205) program office, the PDR was attended by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) members in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from Feb. 20-23.

“For a program of this complexity, the successful completion of PDR just 11 months after program award is a testament to the collaboration and expertise of all involved,” said Capt. Jason Lopez, PMA-205 program manager.

The initial $142 million award for TCTS Inc. II was announced last year with Rockwell Collins being selected as the prime contractor and systems integrator for the next-generation air combat training system along with collaboration and support from Leonardo DRS.

The TCTS Inc. II program will replace the Navy and Marine Corps’ training range infrastructure while improving effectiveness of training across all squadrons and fleet forces. Supporting real-time operational air combat training for a variety of missions and platforms, including legacy and advanced aircraft, the new system will enable the blending of live and synthetic elements into training known as Live, Virtual and Constructive. The open system architecture with Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) protects the tactics, techniques and procedures being used. TCTS Inc. II also provides interoperability for joint and coalition training with fourth and fifth-generation platforms while aligning with industry software standards such as the FACE™ Technical Standard and Software Communications Architecture (SCA).

“TCTS Inc. II will bring a heightened sense of realism that allows pilots to truly ‘train as they fight’ and be better prepared for real situations,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager, Communication, Navigation and Electronic Warfare Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “The system provides five times the network capacity compared to current air combat training systems, making it scalable and adaptable for emerging missions and threats as needed.”

Team from the Republic of Mauritius Selected for Third Round and Extension of KiboCUBE Cooperation Programme

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations 
Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have been cooperating under 
the KiboCUBE programme launched in 2015 to provide opportunities to 
deploy CubeSats from the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" of the 
International Space Station (ISS).
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NASA Administrator Statement on Space Policy Directive-3

NASA Administrator Statement on Space Policy Directive-3

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington. Chaired by the Vice President, the council’s role is to advise the President regarding national space policy and strategy, and review the nation’s long-range goals for space activities.
Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Monday’s signing of Space Policy Directive-3 by President Donald Trump:

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NASA, NSF Plunge Into Ocean ‘Twilight Zone’ to Explore Ecosystem Carbon Flow

NASA, NSF Plunge Into Ocean ‘Twilight Zone’ to Explore Ecosystem Carbon Flow

Image from MODIS instrument on NASA Aqua satellite showing phytoplankton along the U.S. West Coast
The Pacific Ocean teems with phytoplankton along the West Coast of the United States, as captured by the MODIS instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Satellites can track phytoplankton blooms, which occur when these plant-like organisms receive optimal amounts of sunlight and nutrients. Phytoplankton play an important role in removing atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Credits: NASA

A large multidisciplinary team of scientists, equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, will set sail for the northeastern Pacific Ocean this August. The team’s mission for NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) is to study the life and death of the small organisms that play a critical role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and in the ocean’s carbon cycle.

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Team Oman Air shows true teamwork to take second place at Extreme Sailing Series event in Barcelona

The Extreme Sailing Series 2018. Act 3. 14th-17th June. Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The ‘Oman Air’ race team shown in action close to the shore, skippered by Phill Robertson (NZL) with team mates Pete Greenhalgh (GBR), Stewart Dodson (NZL), James Wierzbowski (AUS) and Nasser Al Mashari (OMA)

The Oman Air team showed great character and determination to secure second place at the latest Extreme Sailing Series event in Barcelona after contact with another boat saw them miss three races.

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