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12 Jul 22. US Navy Prints Metal Parts on the High Seas. An amphibious assault ship is testing a shipboard 3D printer during RIMPAC exercises. The advantages of installing 3D printing across the federal government could be huge, although the technology has been slow to reach that potential. That could finally be changing as the Navy has deployed the first 3D printer onboard a warship that is capable of printing reliable metal parts while underway at sea.
The government has been interested in 3D printing for a very long time. Back in 2015, I wrote an explainer-type story for Nextgov where experts talked about the many advantages that government would eventually gain from investing in 3D printing technology. But while those early printers were extremely interesting, they had limited use because of the substrate they used to create physical objects.
Early 3D printers only used a plastic-based substrate, which was generally fed into them on long spools, which would be melted and then repurposed into whatever object the creator wanted. The early printers were capable of producing some amazingly advanced projects, with some of them able to accept computer-aided design plan files for extreme precision. However, because of the substrate used, the final product was made of plastic, so it was of limited use. Yes, you could print a small combustion engine, a gear for a machine or a work of art, but trying to use the finished product in any practical way would probably cause it to melt or break.
The killer application for 3D printing in government came not from finding something useful that the government could print in plastic, but from improving the printers to be able to handle more durable raw materials, especially metals. Called additive manufacturing, certain 3D printers now allow the government to print products using everything from metals to composite fibers to concrete.
I recently hosted a roundtable discussion with experts in the field of additive manufacturing. Experts working in the field explained the many advances that 3D printing has made over the years, and how that is opening up new possibilities for government service.
“We have a system that prints stainless steel, metal tools and copper,” said Tony Higgins, Federal Leader for Markforged, one of the new leaders in additive manufacturing. “A lot of our customers are using this type of technology to create functional tools, custom parts, work holdings and fixtures.”
So far, the Army has been one of the biggest proponents of 3D printing for complex construction jobs. “We have a number of different systems that can print everything from concrete, to foams, to other types of materials,” said Megan Kreider, Mechanical Engineer for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. Kreider recently worked on an Army project where an entire bridge was constructed of 3D parts that were printed using concrete and other heavy materials.
“You have to go through a structural engineer, and they outline what the reinforcement needs to be, how it’s going to be printed, and it’s highly interdisciplinary.” Kreider said. But after that, the parts are printed, normally right on the job site, and then fitted together to form the structure.
On land, 3D printing structures in the military can save time and money for big projects. But at sea, having the ability to print a critical part on demand might be the difference between having a ship able to continue its mission and requiring it to return to port for repairs. That is why the Navy has been so interested in additive manufacturing as it evolved from more simple 3D printing.
Last year, the Navy installed a liquid metal printer manufactured by Xerox at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Called the ElemX Liquid Metal Additive Manufacturing machine, it is being used to test out manufacturing during deployments, and to reduce the long supply chains needed to support ships at sea.
Apparently, the testing on land went well, as the Navy announced that an additive manufacturing 3D printer is now installed on the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex. The printer is being tested during the massive Rim of the Pacific—or RIMPAC—2022 combat exercises taking place over the summer. The Essex is the first ship to participate in the initial testing and evaluation of an additive manufacturing 3D printer during underway conditions at sea.
During RIMPAC, the 3D printer on the Essex will be tasked with printing many of the parts that Navy ships routinely require while on maneuvers. This includes training sailors how to quickly manufacture heat sinks, housings, bleed air valves, fuel adapters, valve covers and much more. The printer on the Essex can manufacture metal parts as large as 10-by-10 inches.
According to Lt. Cmdr. Nicolas Batista, the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) officer aboard Essex, “Additive manufacturing has become a priority and it’s evident that it will provide a greater posture in warfighting efforts across the fleet, and will enhance expeditionary maintenance that contributes to our surface competitive edge.”
If the printer performs well during RIMPAC, the Navy could expand the role of those devices. Batista said in a Navy press release that the “Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander, Naval Air Systems Command have also initiated efforts to establish an AIMD work center, solely designed for the additive manufacturing concept, and are striving towards the capability of fabricating needed aircraft parts with a 3D printer.”
So it seems like if all goes well for the 3D printer during RIMPAC, that we may soon see more heavy metal manufacturing on the high seas, and more complex and larger parts being constructed by sailors, without any assistance or materials from back on land required.
14 Jul 22. The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA) Consortium Releases New SOSA Business Guide. The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA) Consortium has today announced the publication of the SOSA Business Guide, Edition 1.0., a new comprehensive guide for stakeholders in the acquisition, deployment, modernization, and sustainment of sensor systems that support Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR).
With the business model for the sensor market ecosystem undergoing a significant transition from federated systems to plug-in cards, the standardization defined by the SOSA Technical Standard translates into considerable cost savings by reducing time and effort needed to set-up and integrate modules, resulting in substantial benefit to end-customers such as the US Government.
In addition, the rapid portability of SOSA based systems helps industry vendors by standardizing business development and technical activities, thereby reducing spending dollars in customization for similar capabilities.
“We are proud to release the first edition of the SOSA Business Guide, providing readers with the background of the SOSA Consortium, its objectives and organization, while laying out the Consortium’s business strategy and Open Business Model,” said Dr. Ilya Lipkin, SOSA Steering Committee Chair and US Air Force Open Architecture Technical Expert.
“As threats to sensing and communications advance and accelerate, the US Government needs to acquire sensor capabilities in a more agile and affordable way than traditional acquisition methods. Moreover, the industry needs a viable business model with real opportunities to compete for business. The Open Group SOSA Consortium provides these differing interests with a balanced open approach where all stakeholders’ needs are fairly represented in a collaborative forum,” added Lipkin.
The SOSA Business Guide is available here. More information about the SOSA Consortium and a list of Members can be found on https://www.opengroup.org/sosa.
14 Jul 22. DoD Announces Industry Engagement Day for the Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve (RDER). The DoD announced today an Industry Engagement Day event for the Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve (RDER) to be held at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU-APL) on July 26, 2022.
RDER is an initiative to encourage prototyping and experimentation in pursuit of solutions to Joint problems. Components will propose experiments to be conducted in near-term Joint exercises and compete for RDER funding. The Secretary will select among proposed experiments based on alignment to the Joint Warfighting Concept and potential to yield demonstrable warfighting utility.
This Industry Engagement Day is an opportunity for industry to learn about the RDER effort’s vision, proposal cycle, technical priorities, capability challenges, and opportunities that require private-sector support. RDER will spearhead efforts to develop capabilities that support the joint warfighter, including, but not limited to, fires, command and control, logistics, and capabilities that will drive information advantage. These efforts will culminate with multi-competent experiments that combine multiple prototypes and capabilities to expeditiously explore new concepts and create new capabilities.
“The private sector will play a key role in the RDER initiative,” said Heidi Shyu, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. “Engagements like these are essential to ensure that we all understand the warfighting challenges and solicit the most creative ideas from industry.”
The Industry Engagement Day will include several classified briefings on the RDER program, proposal criteria, and technology capability requirements. Following the event, there will be breakout sessions to discuss industry proposals with representatives from the RDER program. Advance registration is required, and all registrants must submit their clearance via a Visitor Access Request (VAR) to JHU-APL. The Industry Engagement Day announcement is on Sam.gov at: https://sam.gov/opp/ea2e193b81e34cc383de54ddb960c2bf/view.
The Secretary of Defense established the Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve (RDER) initiative through the Defense Planning Guidance (Fiscal Year 2023-2027). RDER’s goal is to expand multi-DoD component experimentation in a structured, multi-year campaign of learning to accelerate new capabilities to fill critical joint warfighting capability gaps. RDER will accelerate Joint innovation, expand International Partnerships and Multi-lateral engagement, focus on Service joint experimentation, quickly demonstrate and assess innovative ideas, and provide feedback to future Warfighting concept development. about RDER at: https://ac.cto.mil/pe/rder/.
The Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E) is the Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Defense. The USD(R&E) champions research, science, technology, engineering, and innovation to maintain the United States military’s technological advantage. Learn more at www.cto.mil, follow us on Twitter @DoDCTO, or visit us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/ousdre. (Source: US DoD)
12 Jul 22. Falcon algorithm co-developed with Thales selected by the NIST as a new standard in post-quantum cryptography.
- The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has selected Falcon algorithm co-developed as a post-quantum cryptography standard for digital signatures, meaning it is able to withstand attacks from future large quantum computers.
- Falcon, selected for its extremely strong security and high bandwidth efficiency, will be included in the NIST’s post-quantum cryptography standards expected to be fully defined within the next two years.
- The selection of Falcon, following a 5-year long global competition demonstrates Thales’ leading position in cybersecurity, cutting-edge technology and research.
Following the launch in 2017 of a global challenge to set future post-quantum cryptography standards in digital signatures and public key encryption, which attracted 82 candidates from 25 countries, the NIST has selected Falcon algorithm co-developed for its extremely strong security and high bandwidth efficiency.
Falcon was co-developed by Thales together with academic and industrial partners from France (University of Rennes 1, PQShield SAS), Switzerland (IBM), Canada (NCC Group) and the US (Brown University, Qualcomm). It was selected by NIST alongside two other algorithms as standard for digital signatures, while a fourth algorithm was deemed standard for public key encryption/KEM. Thales was the only technology group serving the defence, aerospace and digital identity markets, to take part in the NIST competition.
Post-quantum cryptography enables conventional computers to withstand attacks by large-scale quantum computers, which many specialists believe could appear in the next few years. Quantum machines are expected to increase today’s computer processing power to such a degree that they could break current cryptographic algorithms in a matter of seconds.
This ‘quantum leap’ in computing power could usher in a “crypto-apocalyse” by posing very real and serious threats to the security of digital systems private citizens and organisations worldwide rely on day-to-day, such as critical information systems, on-line banking, payment cards, e-commerce, electronic signatures or on-line voting.A hacker with a quantum computer, for example, could easily gain access to confidential data, steal someone else’s identity or falsify transactions and legal contracts. In the same way, a nation’s security could be threatened if its critical communications systems were the target of a quantum attack.
New algorithms such as Falcon, are quantum-resistant because they are based on mathematical problems that are among the most difficult to solve, even for a quantum computer.
Organisations who are willing to protect their data in a Zero Trust world must adopt a strong quantum crypto agility strategy. Thales’ Cyber Solutions consulting teams have developed a post-quantum cyber architecture offer to help their customers prepare for the threat of cyber-attacks by quantum-computers. Thales also provides quantum resistant network encryption and hardware security modules that are capable of protecting customer data against future quantum attacks, by already allowing customers to implement a number of Quantum Resistant algorithms.
“Thales has been at the forefront of post-quantum cryptography research since 2013, and the selection of the Falcon algorithm by NIST is great recognition of the excellent co-development work and expertise of our crypto teams. We will pursue our on-going research in France and Europe to develop innovative, trusted solutions that will be quantic-resistant, without compromising performance, and are already helping our customers in their transition to a new generation of security solutions, to avert a future ‘crypto-apocalypse’.”said Pierre-Yves Jolivet, Vice-President, Cyber Defence Solutions at Thales.
11 Jul 22. Space Runs on Open Source Software. Commercial space players don’t have the same security concerns as the Pentagon, but that doesn’t mean they can’t share code. Open source software has a mixed reputation for security, yet it drives commercial space enterprises such as SpaceX and Starlink—and increasingly, U.S. military space efforts. But Lauren Barrett Knausenberger, the Air Force’s chief information officer, says her service has taken steps to keep key data safe.
Proponents of open source software, as opposed to proprietary software, say that because anyone can inspect or change the source code, bugs and vulnerabilities are more easily found and fixed. But some can linger for years. As cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier has pointed out, “Open source means that the code is available for security evaluation, not that it necessarily has been evaluated by anyone. This is an important distinction.”
Knausenberger, who spoke on Monday at a space forum as part of the America’s Future series, acknowledged common concerns about open code. But, she said, “If you’re paying attention to how many people are touching that code and who is touching that code, you’re mitigating that risk significantly.”
She pointed to a January memo from Defense Department CIO John Sherman encouraging wider use of open source software so long as it’s done safely. One of those safety measures is the use of software containers, which basically allow users to run code that’s been “contained” away from the operating system. The Defense Department’s Platform One uses a container service called Iron Bank to serve as a repository where open source software can be stored and inspected before deployment.
The Defense Department is eager to piggyback on the innovation coming out of the commercial space sector in the form of cheaper launches and more rapid construction of satellites. But the Pentagon remains unwilling to tolerate as much security risk as private companies do, said Erin Miller, the executive director of the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or ISAC. “To me, that’s one of the biggest challenges and it’s actually what the White House saw when they announced the need for Space ISAC.”
She said that the Center supports various communities of interest to look at security issues that will affect the future of commercial space, such as how adversaries might use AI to attack space systems and vulnerabilities that might exist in small satellites. (Source: Defense One)
12 Jul 22. BAE Systems Delivers Advanced M-Code GPS Products to Germany. BAE Systems has delivered advanced M-Code GPS receivers for ground-based missions to Germany via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. Under a contract with U.S. Space Systems Command, BAE Systems is delivering its Miniature Precision Lightweight GPS Receiver Engine – M-Code (MPE-M), providing precise geolocation and positioning capabilities in complex and contested operational environments for ground-based soldiers and vehicles and other space-constrained applications.
BAE Systems’ MPE-M is a small, high-performance GPS receiver providing assured Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) for applications where size, weight, and power are all critical factors, including handheld devices, ground vehicles, and unmanned aerial systems.
“Germany is the first country to receive M-Code GPS capabilities via FMS, leading the way among our allies,” said Greg Wild, director of Navigation and Sensor Systems at BAE Systems. “Accelerting the delivery of M-Code capabilities to allied warfighters around the globe is critical to ensuring trusted PNT in the face of modern threats from our adversaries.”
MPE-M acquires signals rapidly, and is compatible with the advanced military M-Code GPS signal, which is hardened against signal jamming and spoofing and provides next-generation cryptography for improved security. The receiver has the same form factor as its predecessor, accelerating and simplifying the M-Code upgrade process for existing military GPS user equipment and accommodating future growth and changes in GPS operational needs.
Work on BAE Systems’ military GPS products is conducted in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where the company is building a modern engineering and production facility. The company’s Navigation and Sensor Systems business has delivered thousands of M-Code GPS receivers to the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S.-based systems integrators, and more than 1.5 m GPS devices globally. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
13 Jul 22. ADS appoints Vendigital as strategic data partner. Management consultancy Vendigital has been chosen by aerospace industry body, ADS, as its strategic data partner. The advisory firm will now work to give ADS members access to crucial industry data and insights.
Representing the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors, ADS is a UK trade organisation which boasts more than 1,100 member businesses. As the representative body looks to support its members through the challenging industry, market and geopolitical conditions they are facing, it is looking to deliver them with invaluable analysis of their markets, and enable well-informed decision-making.
This has seen ADS plump for Vendigital as its new strategic data partner. The collaboration will see the consultancy work with ADS to provide access to reliable industry and market data, along with with robust analysis and supply chain intelligence.
In particular, this will see Vendigital assist several of ADS’s aerospace manufacturing members in responding to the post-lockdown industry ramp up, with data-based insights to assist them in areas such as capacity planning, supply chain management and labour strategies.
Roy Williams, CEO at Vendigital, explained, “The UK’s aviation, defence, security and aerospace industries are facing an unprecedented compendium of challenges. On top of this, the industry’s net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 target requires action now. Using accurate data to guide decision making is critical and could help businesses to direct their own digital and cost transformations, while greening operations and thriving as a result.”
With inflation running at a four-decade high, rising energy and transportation costs, geopolitical risks, supply disruption, skills shortages and significant demand uncertainty, ADS members require up-to-date intelligence, which they can use to adapt strategy, in uncertain times. With extensive cross-sector experience of combining value-added consultancy services and its proprietory digital platform, to deliver accelerated cost transformation, Vendigital is well positioned to supply such intelligence.
To that end, ADS CEO Kevin Craven added, “The current operating environment is very challenging, and it is important that businesses harness the power of data and understand the strategic benefits it can bring in supporting organisation reach and develop their business objectives. Vendigital’s experience in the delivery of data-based insights to support businesses and industries through time of change can provide valuable support to ADS members.”
Headquartered in London, with additional offices in Hong Kong and Chicago, Vendigital also hosts an in-house Data Science lab, which provides bespoke solutions which streamline data collection and analysis to produce actionable insights. Thanks to its expertise, the firm has enjoyed bullish growth, and industry plaudits. Vendigital was recently nominated for five prizes at the 2022 MCA Awards. (Source: Google/https://www.consultancy.uk/)
11 Jul 22. France approves final phase of Artemis big-data processing platform. The French Ministry of Defense approved the final phase of a new big-data and artificial-intelligence (AI) processing capability in development by Athea, a joint venture between Thales and Atos, to be delivered next year.
The Artemis.IA project – where Artemis stands for the French phrase for “architecture for the processing and massive exploitation of multi-source information and artificial intelligence” – has been in the works since 2017. The French military procurement office Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) issued the procurement notification for Phase 3 of the program on June 24, per a Monday press statement.
The goal of Artemis is to provide France with a sovereign and secure big-data and AI processing platform that can exploit and analyze the massive volumes of data coming off of military equipment and other sensors. “The initial phases of Artemis.IA made it possible to validate, with the users, the technical solutions adopted, and to bring out an industrial ecosystem made up of academic and industrial players (large groups, start-ups as well as small and medium-sized enterprises),” the ministry said in the statement. “The phase that is starting will lead to the creation of the first operational platform, deployed from 2023 for the benefit of the joint intelligence function.”
The first application will be dedicated to “the exploitation of multi-source information,” the ministry added. Built to be modular, Artemis.IA is expected to be employed in the future for other use cases, such as cybersecurity, military health monitoring, predictive maintenance or maritime surveillance. The ministry will provide a development and integration kit for industry and academics to help speed up the deployment of new applications, per the statement.
Atos and Thales formed Athea as a joint venture in April 2021 to hone in on big-data and AI solutions for France and wider Europe. The two companies have been working on Artemis since the demonstration phase began in 2017.
“Data exploitation represents a major challenge to maintain the operational superiority of the armed forces,” said Philippe Gasc, president of Athea, in a July 11 statement. “We are proud to develop a sovereign solution that will enable France to act autonomously in the areas of intelligence, operations command and in the digital space.”
This new contract will be managed by France’s Digital Defense Agency (Agence du Numérique de Défense). It provides for the deployment of an initial operational platform, as well as the development of successive standards along with training and maintenance support over three years, per the ministry.
A funding amount was not provided. The French ministry’s five-year spending plan, known as the loi de programmation militaire (LPM) 2019-2025 earmarks about €700 m ($706 m) toward the development of AI technologies.
12 Jul 22. TE Connectivity’s KILOVAC contactor offers latching capability in latest CAP120R design. Small but mighty high-voltage contactor proves ideal for low power consumption applications. TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, released an additional configuration of its KILOVAC CAP120R contactor. TE’s KILOVAC CAP120R contactor is ideal for defense, marine, UAM (urban air mobility), UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) commercial and military aerospace applications requiring lightweight latching coils and reduced power consumption. The CAP120R contactor now features a high-voltage latching configuration. The 150-amp DC contactor also includes single pole, hermetically sealed auxiliary contacts with a latching actuator mechanism, allowing for low-power consumption uses.
“This solution was designed in response to a key industry need for higher voltage isolation, small size and weight and reduced power consumption,” said Earle Alldredge, a product manager in TE’s Aerospace, Defense and Marine division. “With this in mind, the TE KILOVAC CAP120R contactor delivers a highly versatile solution that is extremely small in size and lightweight relative to its voltage and current ratings, while still able to manage high voltages and high current systems for airborne application designs.”
The efficient design makes TE’s KILOVAC CAP120R contactor a reliable solution for power distribution, energy storage and battery systems and satisfies the demand for reliability in harsh environments for long-lasting systems due to the contactor’s lightweight design, which can withstand high break levels —1,000 A at 400 VDC and 600 A at 600 VDC. The contactor also allows versatile installation through bidirectional load switching, and the main contacts are not polarity sensitive.
TE’s KILOVAC CAP120R contactor is designed to withstand harsh environments, offering:
- Temperature range: -40°C to +85°C
- Voltage maximum: 600 Vdc
- Mechanical life (Min): 100,000 cycles
- Weight (Nominal): 0.14 kg
11 Jul 22. Skanska to Use Asite on £259m British Army Vehicle Storage Facility Project. Asite will support Skanska in the delivery of the Vehicle Storage Support Programme (VSSP) for the British Army’s land equipment fleet. Asite, the world’s leading data platform for the built environment, is excited to announce Skanska, one of the UK’s leading contractors, has chosen Asite as its data management platform for the Vehicle Storage Support Programme (VSSP).
The VSSP will see Skanska and the Technical Services Provider, MACE, provide modern, sustainable, and effective storage and maintenance solutions for the British Army’s land equipment fleet.
Established in 2000, Skanska has more than 3,300 local experts delivering projects across sectors including real estate, defence, education, highways, rail, and water.
Skanska was awarded the £259m contract earlier this year by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the British government department responsible for implementing the defence policy.
The contract will involve a complex programme, including demolishing 58 buildings, constructing 12 new buildings, refurbishing one existing facility, and renewing site-wide infrastructure.
Once completed, the modern facilities will create a sustainable and safe way of maintaining and protecting British Army equipment and its vehicle fleet.
Skanska chose the Asite Platform to support the delivery of the contract. Here, Skanska will utilise the Asite Common Data Environment (CDE), Field Management, and Tender Management solutions to achieve its digital strategy.
Pietro Leo, Asite VP of Operations, UK & Europe, said
“Asite is incredibly excited to strengthen our partnership with Skanska by supporting this landmark project. With its advanced document management solution and ability to support projects across their lifecycle, the Asite Platform is a perfect fit for this large-scale, complex project.
This announcement follows Asite’s recent security accreditation, which enables Ministry of Defence information to be stored and processed through our cloud platform—a key requirement for Skanska and this project.
We’ve been collaborating with Skanska for over a year now and are pleased to support them in achieving their digital strategy and continue developing our partnership with this leading organisation.”
Asite’s five-year contract with Skanska will see the Asite Platform drive delivery of the VSSP, increase collaboration, streamline processes and enhance data security across the programme.
In March 2022, Asite became one of the only software platforms for the built environment to achieve the prestigious accreditation issued by the Cyber Defence and Risk (CyDR) Team.
The accreditation enables MOD data at the ‘Official Tier’ (including ‘Official Sensitive’) to be stored and processed with an acceptable level of risk, ultimately providing Asite customers with the highest level of security for their data.
Using the Asite Platform on the VSSP will support Skanska in achieving one of their key project goals of DREAM Excellent—the defence estate environmental assessment standard.
Skanska also plans to use modern methods of construction to reduce carbon emissions on the project through the offsite manufacturing of key components that will be installed on-site.
Work is due to begin on-site in the Autumn, with demolitions starting in September to enable the site’s regeneration.
All construction activity is expected to complete by 2027, when the Ashchurch site will provide Controlled Humidity Environment (CHE) storage for 4,100 vehicles.
Asite is the world’s leading data platform for the built environment, helping organizations come together, plan, design, and build with seamless information sharing across the entire supply chain.
Founded in 2001, the Asite Platform has been used widely across the globe as the go-to- project management platform for complex, capital projects, including Dubai International Airport, Thames Tideway, and Australia’s Bushfire Recovery Program.
Today, more than 62,000 organizations, including Laing O’Rourke, Goldman Sachs, Transport for London (TfL), Aldar Properties, and the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), utilize Asite’s cloud-based Data Platform with their 127,000 projects and over 53 m files.
Asite is headquartered in London with regional offices in New York, Houston, Amsterdam, Riyadh, Dubai, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Ahmedabad.
08 Jul 22. UK-based Reaction Engines launches hypersonic testing for US ‘foreign technology’ programme. UK company Reaction Engines has launched ground-based testing of its hypersonic powerplant technology under a US Department of Defense (DoD) foreign technology programme.
Announced on 7 July, the commencement of the testing campaign seeks to prove Reaction Engines’ high-Mach enabling technology through the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) programme conducted by the DoD with support from the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
“The FCT programme is administered by the Directorate of Defense Research and Engineering for Advanced Capabilities and is focused on the discovery, assessment, and testing of leading foreign technology with the potential to satisfy US defence technical demands,” Reaction Engines said. “The programme seeks high Technology Readiness Level (TRL) technologies that could rapidly and economically satisfy current and emerging requirements.” (Source: Janes)
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