SAN DIEGO, May 8, 2018 -- Blue Sky Network, an industry-leading global provider of satellite tracking and fleet management solutions, today announced the appointment of former NASA astronaut Steven L. Smith to the Board of Directors.
A veteran of four spaceflights covering 16 million miles, Smith's total spacewalk hours place him in the top 10 of both U.S. astronauts and space explorers from other nations. Undertaking seven spacewalks totaling 49 hours and 25 minutes, he has serviced the Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station (ISS). He later served as the NASA ISS Program Liaison to the European Space Agency and then as the Associate Director for ISS, Science Directorate, at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.
A Stanford University graduate, with bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering plus an MBA, Smith now lends his considerable technical and business expertise to progressive technology companies including Blue Sky Network.
"I'm honored to join Blue Sky Network as a Director," said Smith. "From both business and safety standpoints, today's fleet owners must be able to fully manage their assets in real-time. Blue Sky Network's innovative technology, tracking and analytics engine, two-way messaging, and voice solutions allow safer, more efficient fleet operations."
"I am thrilled to welcome Steve to our Board," said Gregoire Demory, Blue Sky Network President. "His industry expertise and the relationships he's built over years will greatly benefit our growth initiatives."
"Steve joins a highly accomplished group of professionals serving on our Board of Directors," said Kambiz Aghili, Blue Sky Network CEO. "His forward-looking vision will prove invaluable to the company's continued success."
About Blue Sky Network
Blue Sky Network (www.blueskynetwork.com) is an industry-leading provider of mission-critical fleet management, tracking, and operational analytics solutions serving private, commercial, and government customers worldwide. BSN deploys innovative satellite-based communication solutions that help aviation, marine, and land/mobile customers track and manage assets in real-time anywhere in the world, resulting in improved safety, security, operational efficiency, and profitability. Founded in 2001, Blue Sky Network is headquartered in San Diego, California, with customers and distributors in more than 50 countries.
ASHBURN, Va., May 8, 2018 -- SteelCloud LLC announced today that it is releasing its much anticipated ConfigOS Command Center, the newest, ground-breaking version of its patented STIG remediation and automated RMF readiness software. ConfigOS Command Center will be unveiled and demonstrated at next week's AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium at the Baltimore Convention Center, May 15-17, booth, #564.
"ConfigOS Command Center is an automation game-changer for anyone faced with RMF, NIST 800-171, or production STIG compliance requirements," said Brian Hajost, SteelCloud President and CEO. "Together with great innovative improvements around every aspect of ConfigOS, we really focused on expanding our support for auditing, compliance reporting, enterprise wide remediation capabilities, and interfaces to other technologies. This year we're showing off new breakthrough technology – GPO Conflict Resolution, where ConfigOS arbitrates local and group policy so they coexist to properly protect our nation's critical networks. The AFCEA conference is the ideal venue to show SteelCloud's government and integrator IA customers that Command Center is the only truly viable automation solution for all things STIG."
ConfigOS is currently implemented in classified and unclassified environments, tactical and weapon system programs, disconnected labs, and the commercial cloud. ConfigOS is client-less technology, requiring no software agents. ConfigOS scans endpoint systems and remediates hundreds of STIG controls in under 90 seconds. Automated remediation rollback as well as comprehensive compliance reporting and STIG Viewer XCCDF output are provided. ConfigOS was designed to harden every CAT 1/2/3 STIG control around an application baseline in about 60 minutes - typically eliminating weeks or months from the RMF accreditation timeline. ConfigOS addresses Microsoft Windows workstation and server operating systems, SQL Server, IIS, IE, Chrome, and all of the Microsoft Office components. The same instance of ConfigOS addresses Red Hat 5/6/7, SUSE, Ubuntu, and Oracle Linux. ConfigOS content includes over 10,000 STIG and CIS controls. New functionality in Command Center includes a JSON file results archive and a patent-pending Active Directory GPO Conflict Resolution capability.
SteelCloud develops STIG and CIS compliance software for government customers and those technology providers that support the government. Our products automate policy and security remediation by reducing the complexity, effort, and expense of meeting government security mandates. SteelCloud has delivered security policy-compliant solutions to military components around the world which simplify implementation and ongoing security and mission support. SteelCloud products are easy to license through our GSA Schedule 70 contract. SteelCloud can be reached at (703) 674-5500. Additional information is available at www.steelcloud.com or by email at [email protected].
Endeavor Robotics to Provide its FirstLook® 'Throwable' Robots to U.S. Marine Corps under New $10 Million Contract
On May 4, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton released the following statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Southwest Border Migration numbers for April:
"The recently released April 2018 Southwest Border Migration numbers underscore the continuing security crisis along our southwest border. The number of illegal border crossers increased in April from the previous month, and more than tripled in April 2018 in comparison to April 2017. For the second month in a row, we have seen more than 50,000 individuals try to illegally enter the United States.
"If you enter our country illegally, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution. DHS has zero tolerance for those who break the law and will no longer exempt classes or groups of individuals from prosecution. Whether you are a single adult or an adult member of a family unit, if you are apprehended you will be prosecuted and put in removal proceedings.
"DHS has significantly increased our referral rates to the Department of Justice for illegal border crossers when compared to the same time period in FY 2017. DHS and DOJ have taken recent steps to surge the necessary resources – such as asylum officers, immigration judges, prosecutors, and ICE attorneys – to promptly adjudicate cases through our civil immigration system or through criminal prosecution.
"To those seeking to abuse our generous laws – we are watching. We will not sit back and watch our laws exploited. If you make a false immigration claim, you will be referred for prosecution. If you assist or coach individuals in making false immigration claims, you will be referred for prosecution."
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DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation Awarded MDA TEAMS Cybersecurity Compliance and Risk Management (CCRM) Contract
RESTON, Va., May 7, 2018 -- Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a FORTUNE 500® science, information technology, and engineering leader, was awarded 7 task orders by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) under the Multi-Intelligence Analytical & Collection Support Services (MACSS) program. The task orders will be executed over the next five and a half years at a total contract value of approximately $250 million. Work will be primarily performed in Springfield, Va., and St. Louis.
NGA collects, analyzes and distributes geospatial intelligence in support of national security. Under the task orders, Leidos will provide a variety of analytic support including geospatial and imagery analysis, data science, multimedia services, and full motion video analysis to NGA and its mission partners. Leidos has prime contracts for MACSS Geospatial Intelligence (MACSS GEOINT) and MACSS Full Motion Video (MACSS FMV) and a subcontract for MACSS SOURCE.
Leidos has supported the MACSS program and its predecessor contracts for over a decade and will continue to bring a mix of mission knowledge and a deep bench of skilled analysts with the technical expertise to enhance NGA's critical missions.
"MACSS is one of many large analytic programs we have that supports the national security efforts of the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense," said Tim Reardon, Leidos Defense & Intelligence President. "This award demonstrates our proven success and steadfast commitment to provide the right people to solve our customer's most challenging problems."
Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 31,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.17 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2017. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.
Statements in this announcement, other than historical data and information, constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 29, 2017, and other such filings that Leidos makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.
Raytheon named key partner to develop America's first, most advanced drone-testing airspace corridor
The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance selected Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) as a key partner in the development of America's first and most advanced unmanned aircraft system-testing airspace corridor in New York state. Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business will help plan, design, build and support the state's next-generation air traffic management system to safely test and manage drones.
"UASs are playing an increasingly important role in our society, which means we must have low-altitude air traffic management solutions," said Matt Gilligan, vice president of Raytheon's Navigation, Weather and Services mission area. "The New York airspace corridor is the first-of-its kind, but it won't be the last."
The new corridor will extend 50 miles (80 kilometers) west from Griffiss International Airport, which is one of only seven Federal Aviation Administration-approved unmanned aircraft systems test sites in America. It will allow companies to test both drones and air traffic management technologies in real-world settings, generating valuable data that will inform industry and regulators and ultimately advance the commercial use of drones.
"We have identified the most qualified organizations to complete the New York UTM corridor and expand our UAS testing capabilities," said Maj. Gen. Marke F. "Hoot" Gibson (ret), NUAIR Alliance's chief executive officer. "With all our state economic and technical support, I think we are well positioned to accelerate the UAS industry and further establish this region as a national leader."
Raytheon's leadership in air traffic management includes the low-power radar, a small, one-meter square Active Electronically Scanned Array, or AESA, software-defined radar unit. When numerous LPRs are networked together, the radar units can cover and control the low-altitude flights of smaller craft—a feat not possible with current large radar systems.
A distributed, low-level LPR network could be created with relative ease, mounting the system atop current cell phone towers or tall buildings.
A LPR network could support:
- Safe plane and drone landings
- Aviation surveillance
- Precision weather observations (including 3-D wind information and urban hydrology)
- Small drone detection and tracking
- Border security and surveillance
- Wildfire detection
- Elevation and geographic gap fills
To learn more about LPR and other Raytheon air traffic management solutions, visit us here.
Raytheon Company, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 96 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5ITM products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Follow us on Twitter.
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Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., May 5, 2018 – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying NASA’s InSight Mars lander lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 on May 5 at 4:05 a.m. PDT. InSight is the first mission launched to another planet from the West Coast, which requires more energy than an East Coast launch that takes advantage of the Earth’s rotation. The West Coast Mars launch was made possible by the performance of the Atlas V and an optimized trajectory design to achieve the very exact hyperbolic injection required to deliver the spacecraft to Mars.
ULA and its heritage rockets have launched every U.S. spacecraft to the Red Planet since the 1960s, including Mars Science Lab, as well as the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. This was the 10th Mars launch on an Atlas rocket, and the fourth by the Atlas V following the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2005, the Curiosity rover in 2011 and the MAVEN orbiter in 2013.
In addition to InSight, the mission included two CubeSats which launched from dispensers mounted on the aft bulkhead carrier on the Atlas V Centaur second stage.
The Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, designed and built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, are the first to travel interplanetary.
“ULA is proud to have been a key part of this mission to explore our universe and unlock possibilities in space that will benefit all of humankind,” said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs. “I want to express my sincerest thanks to the entire ULA team, NASA and all our partners and suppliers for their exceptional teamwork and dedication to another successful mission.”
This mission was launched aboard an Atlas V 401 configuration vehicle, which includes a 4-meter Payload Fairing (PLF). The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine. Aerojet Rocketdyne provided the RL10C-1 engine for the Centaur upper stage.
This is the 78th launch of the Atlas V rocket, ULA’s fifth launch in 2018 and the 128th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006.
ULA's next launch is the Parker Solar Probe mission for NASA on a Delta IV Heavy rocket. The launch is scheduled for no earlier than July 31 at Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the Nation’s most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 125 satellites to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field and enable personal device-based GPS navigation.
For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.