Omnispace | September 02, 2021
Omnispace and Vulcan Wireless Inc. today announced successful voice and data communication between its NGSO on-orbit satellite and a widely fielded model of mobile tactical military communications radios (PRC-117G). Omnispace is seamlessly uniting mobile and satellite to create the world's only truly global 5G mobile network.
As part of Omnispace's Phase II Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) contract, the demonstration was in cooperation with U.S. Space Force's Space Systems Command. The contract was awarded as part of the U.S. Airforce's "Space Pitch Day," enabling Omnispace to bring next-generation narrowband capabilities to the warfighter.
The Omnispace next-generation global 5G network is being architected to support "dual-use," mission-critical enterprise and secure government applications. Unlike legacy commercial and government networks, Omnispace's global system is being designed in line with 3GPP 5G NTN standards, which will enable interoperability for any compatible 5G commercial or government device.
Omnispace's 5G NTN platform will further enhance government customers' resiliency, reliability, and real-time decision-making by enabling advanced tactical handheld communications, military internet-of-things, and battlefield edge processing.
Together with Vulcan, the test successfully demonstrates the ability to connect the global Omnispace satellite network directly to existing mobile devices -- addressing warfighter needs "at the edge" within the joint all-domain command and control (JADC2) architecture.
"One of the biggest challenges for the evolution of military enterprise communications is the cost and adaptation of legacy end-user equipment," said Campbell Marshall, Omnispace's Vice President for Government and International Markets. "This demo proves that software-defined mobile, tactical user equipment can leverage our dual-use commercial infrastructure. Imagine the possibilities that 5G technology will enable for government -- from COTM handheld devices to IoT platforms."
The demonstrations with Vulcan Wireless were focused on connecting existing military hardware to satellites in commercial frequency bands and orbits, not traditionally used by government, to increase the resiliency of battlefield communications.
"The Vulcan Wireless and Omnispace teams worked closely to successfully conduct a live demonstration, integrating existing tactical communication systems with the Omnispace satellite network," said Kevin Lynaugh, CEO, Vulcan Wireless Inc. "We're pleased with the results, which demonstrate how global, borderless beyond line of site (BLOS) connectivity is possible for real world military applications."
These communications capabilities are the cornerstone for next-generation warfighting concepts such as multi-domain operations (MDO) and expeditionary advanced based operations (EABO) which are focused on minimizing physical and RF signatures.
Omnispace is redefining mobile communications by building a global hybrid network that will soon provide global 5G from space connectivity to enterprise and government customers, worldwide.
Headquartered in the Washington D.C. area, and founded by veteran telecommunications and satellite industry executives, Omnispace is redefining mobile connectivity for the 21st century. By leveraging 5G technologies, the company is combining the global footprint of a non-geostationary satellite constellation with the mobile networks of the world's leading telecom companies to bring an interoperable "one network" connectivity to users and IoT devices anywhere on the globe.
About Vulcan Wireless
Vulcan Wireless is a leader in advanced design and manufacture of space based and terrestrial communications systems. Customers span the defense and commercial sectors, to include the U.S. Air Force, NASA JPL, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and multiple commercial orbital missions. Specializing in software defined radios, satellite antenna systems and high reliability space environments, Vulcan serves bespoke missions at the highest level of technicality, to include multiple classified missions.
Kratos | December 29, 2021
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. , a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today following the Government announcement, that Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems (KUAS) has been awarded a $50,917,490 contract modification (P00007) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N0001920C0075). This modification exercises an option to procure 65 BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Targets, 50 for the Navy, seven for the government of Japan, and eight for the government of Saudi Arabia, as well as associated technical and administrative data in support of full rate production lot three. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. Due to customer-related, competitive, security, and other considerations, no additional information will be provided.
Steve Fendley, President of Kratos Unmanned Systems Division, said, “The Kratos team is incredibly proud to receive this third consecutive full rate production option award supporting our U.S. Navy customer. We are also excited that 15 of these drone aircraft will support the U.S. Government’s foreign allies. Throughout the challenges of the last two years, Kratos has remained focused on developing, producing, and delivering target and tactical drone systems to support the established and forecasted customer needs.”
About Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS) develops and fields transformative, affordable technology, platforms and systems for United States National Security related customers, allies and commercial enterprises. Kratos is changing the way breakthrough technology for these industries are rapidly brought to market through proven commercial and venture capital backed approaches, including proactive research and streamlined development processes. At Kratos, affordability is a technology and we specialize in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyber security/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defense, hypersonic systems, training, combat systems and next generation turbo jet and turbo fan engine development.
Westinghouse Electric | December 13, 2021
Westinghouse Electric Company announced that Paul Longsworth has been appointed president of Westinghouse Government Services (WGS). Longsworth joined WGS in June 2021, bringing more than 35 years of experience in nuclear energy, national security and environmental industries. Previously, he served as Vice President, Secure Services at Flour, and was the Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of Energy. He takes over the business following the retirement of Bob Cochran.
“Westinghouse has a strong record of leadership and support for the government for decades, and we look forward to building on this with Paul’s experience and strategic vision. Paul’s deep understanding of the government market segments will strengthen our ability to deliver best-in-class technologies and excellence in nuclear operations to accelerate environmental cleanup, deploy innovative reactor and fuel technologies, and serve the critical supply chain needs of our government customers.”
Sam Shakir, President of Environmental Services at Westinghouse
Westinghouse Government Services, LLC (WGS) is a subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC. WGS delivers the company’s nuclear technologies and services for government programs, globally. The range of services and capabilities incorporate manufacturing of nuclear grade components and materials, operations of nuclear material processes and associated technologies, deactivation and decommissioning nuclear facilities and assets, treatment, management and disposition of nuclear materials, and delivery of advanced reactor technology.
Paul will lead a world class team of experts that deliver projects in the United States that support the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Defense and the Canadian National Laboratory.
“We thank Bob for his significant contributions he has made to Westinghouse through his relentless energy and dedication to the company,” said Shakir.
Westinghouse Electric Company is shaping the future of carbon-free energy by providing safe, innovative nuclear technologies to utilities globally. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first commercial pressurized water reactor in 1957 and the company’s technology is the basis for nearly one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants. For over 130 years, innovation makes Westinghouse the preferred partner for technologies covering the complete nuclear energy life cycle.