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15 Sep 16. UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), will continue its mission to deliver global field service, sustainment and on-site expertise in support to Raytheon Corporation for their recent award to operate the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS). UTC Aerospace Systems’ Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Space Systems business unit will provide the necessary expertise in electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) multi-spectral imaging (MSI) exploitation and training.
DCGS is the USAF’s primary ISR collection system, command and situational awareness tool. It enables military analysts and operations experts access to vast sets of data acquired from manned and unmanned ISR aerial platforms which employ UTC Aerospace Systems intelligence collecting sensors like the MS-177 and the SYERS. DCGS also provides continuous on-demand intelligence sharing across many spectral domains so that U.S. and coalition military forces can rapidly anticipate and change the course of events in the battlespace.
“Our decades of expertise in providing airborne EO/IR multi-spectral imaging products and solutions enables us to meet our customers’ requirements, which includes ensuring vital mission support expertise is on the ground and available for the war fighter,” said Kevin Raftery, vice president of ISR Systems for UTC Aerospace Systems.
UTC Aerospace Systems has been supporting the USAF’s DCGS operations, flight line sensor maintenance and operator training for more than 25 years. The company will continue this essential function by providing subject matter experts in MSI sensors, analytics, intelligence analysis, equipment operation and mission support at the service’s DCGS facilities around the world.
15 Sep 16. Airbus Defence and Space Invests in Very High-Resolution Satellite Imagery from 2020 Onwards.
• Four very high-resolution (VHR) optical Earth observation satellites to be launched in 2020 and 2021 will ensure continuity of Pléiades mission
• Highly responsive dual VHR constellation will offer state-of-the art service to the Airbus Defence and Space imagery user’s community for the next decade
• Recognised operational Pléiades system features will be improved to match the market requirements expected to be the norm at the time of launch, and will deliver new applications such as business intelligence and analytics
As announced at World Satellite Business Week by Nicolas Chamussy, Head of the Business Line Space Systems within Airbus Defence and Space and confirmed by Bernhard Brenner, Head of Intelligence Business Cluster at Airbus Defence and Space, Airbus Defence and Space is designing and building a new constellation of optical satellites, comprising four identical and very agile sensors delivering very high-resolution imagery.
Along with the space segments, to be launched in 2020 and 2021, innovative ground segments offering multi-mission capabilities, large-scale image processing and easy data access incorporating “bigdata/cloud technologies” will be developed and deployed. This will not only enhance applications in traditional markets but will also open up new applications in developing markets, analytics and intelligence.
Offering intraday revisit capacity of any point on Earth, improved reactivity in satellite tasking, and the ability to capture millions of km² per day, this constellation, entirely funded, owned and operated by Airbus Defence and Space, will respect the continuity of Pléiades and all French laws and regulations.
15 Sep 16. US Air Force: Missions Abroad Delaying Adoption of New Transponders. The high pace of operations overseas is delaying the Air Force’s ability to outfit aircraft with new transponders required by the Federal Aviation Administration, officials said.