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BALL AEROSPACE TO BUILD SPACECRAFT FOR NASA'S SPHEREX MISSION
Friday, February 15, 2019
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SPHEREx

Source: JPL


SPHEREx

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Ball Aerospace was selected by NASA to build the spacecraft for the Spectro Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx), a Medium-class Explorer mission. Ball is also responsible for the system integration and test, support for integration of the spacecraft onto a launch vehicle and commissioning of the spacecraft after launch.

The SPHEREx mission will study the nature of physics that drove cosmic inflation in the early universe; determine the properties of interstellar ices, a key reservoir for water and biogenic material in the early phases of star and planet formation; and probe the cosmic history of galaxy formation. Dr. James Bock of the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) is the principal investigator for SPHEREx and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is the managing center.

The SPHEREx bus will be based on the Ball Aerospace customizable and proven line of Ball Configurable Platform (BCP) spacecraft, designed for flexible, cost-effective applications, using a common spacecraft bus and standard payload interfaces to reduce cost, streamline payload accommodation and minimize delivery time. T

Source:  www.ball.com
Source Date: February 15, 2019
Posted: 02/15/2019

 
 
AM GENERAL FOCUSES ON CONTINUED INNOVATION AT IDEX 2019
Friday, February 15, 2019
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HMMWV Hawkeye 105mm Self-Propelled Howitzer

Source: AM General


HMMWV Hawkeye 105mm Self-Propelled Howitzer

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- AM General will feature its innovative and diverse products and services at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) show held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre February 17-21, 2019, Stand 02-A03 in the U.S. Pavilion.

AM General representatives will also be available to discuss not only the innovative vehicles on display, but also the wide variety of mobility solutions the company can offer, as well as provide in-depth information on engineering and logistics services, award-winning global supply chain management, field service support, as well as parts and equipment warranty support.

AM General Exhibit Details

NXT 360 with TacticamTM Armor The NXT 360 is the evolutionary light tactical vehicle featuring for more power, higher GVW, better ride and handling and better overall protection. The NXT 360 at IDEX also features an added level of protection utilizing 3D camouflage technology.

-- Tacticam is an advanced passive signature management system. This highly durable camouflage system utilizes the latest in materials, coatings, and engineered geometry to reduce a vehicle’s signature across multiple spectrums. -- The Tacticam system can be tailored to the NXT 360 and customer’s signature reduction needs. -- It features a pattern randomness that mimics the brightness and contrast variations of natural environments; camo patterns can also be applied

HMMWV Hawkeye 105mm Self-Propelled Howitzer

The HMMWV Hawkeye 105mm Howitzer significantly raises the levels of mobility, survivability and lethality capabilities for light infantry units with airborne and air assault missions. Easily transportable and delivered by sling load, air drop and low velocity air deployment, the HMMWV Hawkeye immediately increases readiness and combat power. The HMMWV Hawkeye system also improves manpower efficiency and has a compact logistics footprint that takes advantage of existing artillery skills to reduce training impacts.

Key features include:

-- Integration of unmatched Hybrid Soft Recoil technology -- Emplacement, shoot and displacement in under 3 minutes - true Shoot n’ Scoot capability -- Indirect and Direct fires over 360 degrees (6400 mils) without stops; no other platform delivers this -- Delivers the lightest weight, most highly maneuverable, self-propelled 105mm howitzer in the world today

AM General representatives will also be available to discuss not only the innovative vehicles on display, but also the wide variety of mobility solutions the company offers, as well as provide in-depth information on its engineering expertise, logistics services, award-winning global supply chain management, field service support, and parts and equipment warranty support.

Source:  AM General
Associated URL: amgeneral.com
Source Date: February 15, 2019
Posted: 02/15/2019

 
 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN AWARDED ATTAM CONTRACT
Thursday, February 14, 2019
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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $20.0 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for Advanced Turbine Technologies for Affordable Mission (ATTAM) capability Phase I.

The mission of the ATTAM Phase I program is to develop, demonstrate, and transition advanced turbine propulsion, power and thermal technologies that provides improvement in affordable mission capability. This approach extends to a range of legacy, emerging, and future military propulsion, power and thermal technology needs in multiple applications.

Work will be performed in Redondo Beach, California, and is expected to be completed by Feb. 8, 2027. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and 54 offers were received. No specific funds are obligated on the basic IDIQ, although in conjunction with the basic IDIQ award, the first task order is incrementally funded with fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $5,000; and fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $315,000 at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Source:  U.S. DoD
Associated URL: dod.defense.gov
Source Date: February 14, 2019
Posted: 02/15/2019

 

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