Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sikorsky X2 Technology(TM) Demonstrator Wins Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. ~ October 9, 2009
STRATFORD, Conn., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.'s X2 Technology(TM) demonstrator program has been recognized by Popular Mechanics magazine with a 2009 Breakthrough Innovator Award. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX - News).
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Members of the X2 Technology team attended a luncheon and awards ceremony hosted by Popular Mechanics Oct. 8 at the Hearst Tower in New York City.
"With the average top speed of conventional helicopters at approximately 160 or 170 knots, the X2 Technology(TM) demonstrator is on a path to set a new standard, so the recognition from Popular Mechanics is an exciting achievement for the team," said Jim Kagdis, Program Manager, Sikorsky Advanced Programs. "The full team has been dedicated to proving out the X2 Technology features, and we are pleased to be sharing the continuing success of the program with the world through this recognition."
Aiming to achieve the highest speed ever recorded for a helicopter, the X2 Technology demonstrator combines an integrated suite of technologies intended to advance the state-of-the-art, counter-rotating coaxial rotor helicopter. It is designed to demonstrate a helicopter can cruise comfortably at 250 knots while retaining such desirable attributes as excellent low speed handling, efficient hovering, and a seamless and simple transition to high speed.
The X2 Technology program, based at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in Florida, to date has achieved a maximum test flight speed of 106 knots.
The X2 Technology program began in 2005 when Sikorsky first committed resources and full funding for the program's development.
"Sikorsky Aircraft was founded on the ingenuity and creativity of Igor Sikorsky, and the company has continued to value that pioneering spirit through the years," said Mark Miller, Sikorsky Vice President of Research & Engineering. "The X2 Technology program is a great example of how Sikorsky Aircraft continues to be a leader in innovation."
Among the technologies the X2 Technology demonstrator employs are:
*Fly-by-wire flight controls
*Counter-rotating rigid rotor blades
*Hub drag reduction
*Active vibration control
Integrated auxiliary propulsion system
Popular Mechanics, a monthly publication with a circulation of 1.2 million, covers personal technology, cars and home improvement, as well as the science and technology behind major issues. The magazine is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst Corp. and one of the world's largest publishers of monthly magazines. The magazine's Breakthrough Awards, given annually, were established five years ago to recognize and celebrate innovations "poised to change the world, and the passionate, smart creators behind them," according to the magazine.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

ATK Propulsion and Composite Technologies Key to Successful Delta II Launch

ATK Supports Launch of DigitalGlobe WorldView-2 SatelliteATK Propellant Tank Helps Power WorldView-2 Satellite
ATK ~ October 9, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK - News) played a key role in the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket for The Boeing Company today from Space Launch Complex 2W at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., carrying DigitalGlobe's WorldView-2 commercial satellite.
Nine ATK GEM-40 solid propulsion strap-on boosters provided augmented thrust for the launch. Six of the boosters ignited at lift-off with the first-stage main engine and provided over 824,000 pounds maximum thrust for the launch vehicle. Just over one minute later, the remaining three boosters ignited to provide an additional 427,000 pounds maximum thrust. The spent motors were then jettisoned from the rocket as it continued its ascent.
ATK manufactured the GEM-40 motors at its facility in Magna, Utah, continuing a tradition of flight support for Delta II missions that began in 1990. The composite cases for the GEM-40 boosters were produced at ATK's Clearfield, Utah, facility and are made of graphite epoxy material using an automated filament winding process the company developed and refined through its 50-year heritage in composite manufacturing.
The 10-foot diameter composite payload fairing, encapsulating the payload, was fabricated by ATK's Iuka, Mississippi facility. The fairing was produced using advanced composite hand layup manufacturing, machining, and inspection techniques. This was the 18th ATK-built fairing flown on a Delta II mission.
In addition to hardware on the launch vehicle, ATK provided hardware for the satellite. ATK's facility in Commerce, Calif., supplied an off-the-shelf 40-inch diameter propellant tank to Ball Aerospace for the WorldView-2 program. The propellant tank contains an elastomeric diaphragm which will provide active propellant management throughout the mission.
WorldView-2 is the first high-resolution, 8-band multispectral satellite commercially available. Along with the four typical multispectral bands - blue, green, red and near infrared - WorldView-2 is introducing the following new color bands for enhanced multispectral analysis: red edge, coastal, yellow and near infrared 2. Operating at an altitude of 770 kilometers, WorldView-2 will provide half-meter panchromatic resolution and 1.8-meter multispectral resolution. WorldView-2 will have an average revisit time of 1.1 days and will be capable of collection up to 975,000 square kilometers (376,000 square miles) per day, doubling the DigitalGlobe collection capacity.
ATK is a premier aerospace and defense company with more than 18,000 employees in 22 states, Puerto Rico and internationally, and revenues of approximately $4.8 billion. News and information can be found on the Internet at
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NewMarket Technology, Inc. Announces $2 Million Debt Reduction and Release of Collateral

NewMarket Technology, Inc. ~ October 9, 2009
DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - 10/09/09) - NewMarket Technology, Inc. (Pinksheets:NWMT - News) today announced a transaction under which the senior term notes the Company issued in the fourth quarter of 2007 will be exchanged for the issuance of preferred equity with a new investor. The transaction announced today will also release all of NewMarket's assets that have been held as collateral under the terms of a security agreement that was part of the senior debt. NewMarket has now ended its obligation to the subject lender. This comprehensive transaction reduces the Company's total outstanding debt by approximately $2 million. More details will be reviewed in a Webcast scheduled for next Tuesday, October 13, 2009.
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NewMarket is a reporting company with audited financial reports filed with the SEC. NewMarket provides systems integration, technology infrastructure services and emerging technology worldwide. NewMarket has a focus on providing technology and support services to rapidly growing economies where technology purchasing is on the rise. In addition to its base of operations in North America, NewMarket has operations today in the growing economies of China, Southeast Asia, Brazil and Northern Latin America. Last year the Company reported over $40 million in revenue from Asia and over $20 million in revenue from Latin America. Overall, NewMarket reported over $95 million in revenue for 2008.
Across the globe, NewMarket is a Microsoft and Oracle partner, distributes various computer hardware and peripherals from brand partners such as Dell, HP, IBM, Cisco, Sony, Epson, Canon and Sanyo and is also an authorized reseller of operating systems and various software from companies such as Red Hat, Sybase, IBM, BEA, Veritas and others. Additionally, the Company works with emerging technologies such as mobile computing, various security and wireless broadband technologies.
NewMarket's rapid growth since 2002 has placed the Company on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 for 5 consecutive years. NewMarket was recognized as the third fastest growing technology company in the United States in 2006 and the number one fastest growing technology company in North Texas for two years in a row.
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iLOOKABOUT Now Preferred Supplier to England's City of Westminster

iLOOKABOUT Corp. ~ October 9, 2009
LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - 10/09/09) - iLOOKABOUT Corp. (TSX-V:ILA - News) ("iLOOKABOUT" or the "Company") announced today that it has been awarded preferred supplier status and a five year contract for the provision of StreetScape imagery and visual data intelligence services to Westminster City Council, London, U.K. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The new contract follows a comprehensive three month pilot study of the StreetScape product and services. iLOOKABOUT and Westminster City Council staff collaborated on the design and implementation of the visual data intelligence systems required to meet Westminster's needs. For more information visit
The pilot test results proved StreetScape's superiority in picture resolution and navigation through seamless street-level images while providing close proximity views of curbs and other infrastructure assets of importance. Compatibility of the visual data intelligence with existing City Council work processes was also cited for its cost and labour efficiencies. It is expected that several departments including Transportation, Parking, Planning and Customer Services will adopt the StreetScape product and services. The system will be used internally and by selected contractors only.
"It is always gratifying to see StreetScape perform so well for our customers," said Jeff Young, President and CEO of iLOOKABOUT. "This was a true customer-company collaborative effort during the pilot and we fully intend to maintain this approach as we continue our work for Westminster City Council."
iLOOKABOUT will begin full systems integration this month with a view to making the system live on the City Council's internal network during October.
Westminster is home to some of the most famous buildings in the world including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus and Big Ben.
iLOOKABOUT is a visual data intelligence company serving commercial enterprise in the municipal, real estate and insurance sectors in North America and Europe with products and services including iLOOKABOUT StreetScape and Virtual Tours. A pioneer in visual data with its Virtual Tour product, the company recently developed iLOOKABOUT StreetScape, a visual data intelligence product for the geo-spatial market. iLOOKABOUT StreetScape is panoramic, comprehensive, street level perspective visual data, geo-coded with latitude and longitude coordinates for accuracy and supported by patented software processes and proprietary security and storage systems. Headquartered in London, Ontario, Canada, iLOOKABOUT also has offices in Toronto, Canada. iLOOKABOUT's shares are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol ILA.
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Goodrich Presents Composite Technology Research of Malaysia with Strategic Supplier Award

- Composite components manufacturer receives prestigious award for its performance and use of lean practices
Goodrich Corporation; GR - Nacelles and Interior Systems ~ October 9, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 9, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR - News) has chosen Composite Technology Research of Malaysia (CTRM) as a recipient of the Goodrich Strategic Supplier Award, which recognizes excellence in the supply chain. CTRM received the award for exceptional quality and delivery performance in providing composite components for the Goodrich Aerostructures business, as well as its participation in continuous improvement activities.
Dan Pleshko, chief supply chain officer for Goodrich, presented the award to CTRM during a visit to the company's headquarters in Melaka, Malaysia. "CTRM has been a strategic supplier to our Aerostructures business unit since 2004 and we look forward to working with the company for many more years," said Pleshko. "They share with us a common pursuit of excellence through the disciplined application of the lean principles of the Toyota Production System and the Goodrich continuous improvement philosophy."
Tim Martin, director of materiel and supply chain for Goodrich's Aerostructures business, said, "We recently decided to make CTRM a center of excellence for some large composite component production. That designation, as well as their receipt of the Goodrich Strategic Supplier award, demonstrates our confidence in CTRM."
Goodrich has provided in-depth training in lean principles at CTRM's manufacturing sites, and works closely with the company to advance its lean implementation.
The Goodrich Strategic Supplier Award recognizes suppliers that demonstrate outstanding quality at required delivery schedules, a commitment to customer satisfaction, and adoption of lean operating principles and continuous improvement.
Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd was incorporated in November 1990 with the Malaysian Ministry of Finance, Incorporated as its principle shareholder. CTRM is entrusted with a strategic role to develop a high technology-based industry in the areas of aerospace and composite technologies. The government identified these two industries as the most crucial constituents to the future industrial growth for Malaysia.
Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defense and homeland security markets. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities. For more information, visit
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Constant Aviation Completes First Embraer Legacy 600 Install of Aircell High Speed Internet System

Simultaneous Aircell Installation and 48 Month Inspection Completed in 30 Days
Constant Aviation, LLC ~ October 9, 2009
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Constant Aviation, LLC, a Nextant Aerospace company headquartered at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, delivered the first Embraer Legacy 600 with Aircell Axxess® and ATG 4000 High Speed Internet System.“Not only did Constant Aviation perform the 48 Month Inspection in 30 days but simultaneously was able to install the Aircell High Speed Internet system as well,” said Kurt Keyes, Lead Pilot.
The Aircell Axxess® system along with the ATG 4000 provides worldwide Iridium voice telephone service and broadband data in the continental United States. The system is an affordable solution in business aviation that provides a true high speed Internet experience that equals what passengers are accustomed to on the ground. It is up to 56 times faster than a traditional dial-up connection, yet it is small and light enough to fit on virtually any business aircraft. An Aircell High Speed Internet unit for business aviation weighs just 11 pounds and its two belly-mounted antennae weigh just 1.25 pounds each. This new system is in high demand from business aviation operators and aircraft owners.
About Constant Aviation
Constant Aviation, LLC, is a Nextant Aerospace company, with locations at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Birmingham International Airport. Constant Aviation has raised the bar in aircraft maintenance expectations. Constant Aviation is one of only 43 Repair Stations to hold Class 3 and 4 ratings as well as Radio Class 1, 2, and 3 ratings. As one of the most respected business aircraft maintenance organizations in the country, Constant Aviation understands the importance of aircraft availability, predictability and minimizing operational costs for their customers. For more information, please visit or call 216.261.7119.
About Nextant Aerospace
Nextant Aerospace was formed for the primary purpose of developing aircraft modernization programs and operates two full-service corporate aircraft maintenance and overhaul facilities located at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Birmingham Alabama International Airport (BHM). For more information, please visit
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Mikros Systems Corporation Expects ADEPT IDIQ Contract Award by Year End; Announces $570,000 Contract Award

USS Wayne E. Meyer to be Commissioned October 10, 2009
Mikros Systems Corporation ~ October 9, 2009
PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mikros Systems Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: MKRS - News), announced today the award of a $570,000 contract for support of the U.S. Navy's Above Water Radar Group. The contract was awarded by Technology Service Corporation (TSC), headquartered in Silver Spring, MD, for work that will be performed over the next six months.
TSC provides engineering and services support to U.S. Government programs, including the U.S. Navy's Aegis Combat System. "We are very pleased to be partnering with TSC on this important project," stated Tom Meaney, President of Mikros. "Our capabilities in electronic systems development and distance support blend well with TSC's radar and sensor engineering expertise."
Mikros will provide project management and engineering assistance on various projects, including support for new acquisition radar programs. This contract also provides for continuation of pre-production engineering tasks in support of the Adaptive Diagnostic Electronic Portable Testset (ADEPT).
ADEPT, developed by Mikros, is a configurable, modular test set that automates and accelerates a range of preventive and corrective maintenance activities for complex radar and electronic equipment. ADEPT also provides advanced distance support capabilities by allowing subject matter experts based onshore to collaborate in real-time with technicians aboard the ship. ADEPT has been designed to improve mission readiness and performance of complex shipboard electronic equipment and is especially applicable to the highly capable Aegis Combat System found on U.S. and International Cruisers and Destroyers.
Mikros has been anticipating an Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract award for ADEPT. Although delays in the Government contracting process have been experienced, award is still expected by year end. This contract is expected to include orders for the immediate delivery of 15 ADEPT systems. "We are working with the Government very closely and are at the final stages of the contracting process," stated Marc Dalby, Vice-President, Business Development and Operations. "We also expect additional task and delivery orders for engineering support and up to 30 ADEPT systems could be awarded within six months of the initial award."
USS Wayne E. Meyer to be Commissioned
On Saturday, October 10, 2009, the U.S. Navy will commission the USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) in Philadelphia, PA. Rear Admiral (Ret.) Wayne E. Meyer provided valuable leadership and guidance to Mikros by serving as Director and Chairman of the Mikros Board of Directors since 1988. He is widely regarded as the "Father of Aegis" for his 13 years of service as the Aegis Weapon System Manager and later, the founding project manager of the Aegis Shipbuilding Project Office. Tom Meaney stated, "The DDG-108 Wayne E. Meyer is the most advanced surface combatant in the world, and knowing ADEPT will be onboard to help maintain the SPY-1 radar is very rewarding."
About Mikros
Mikros Systems Corporation is an advanced technology company specializing in the research and development of electronic systems technology primarily for military applications. Classified by the U.S. Department of Defense as a small business, its capabilities include technology management, electronic systems engineering and integration, radar systems engineering, combat/command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems engineering, and communications engineering. Mikros' primary business is to pursue and obtain contracts from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Navy, and other governmental authorities. For more information on Mikros visit:
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Northrop Grumman-built LCROSS Satellite Impacts Moon

Northrop Grumman Corp. ~ October 9, 2009
REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Oct. 9, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Astronomers and space enthusiasts worldwide cheered as the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) successfully impacted the moon's Cabeus crater this morning at 4:31 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. LCROSS was built and integrated by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC - News) under contract to NASA Ames Research Center. The dramatic impact represents the end of a 112-day mission to find water ice on the moon that could serve as a resource for future lunar outposts. According to NASA, the debris cloud created by LCROSS' impact produced good telemetry and was recorded by space and ground-based observatories. NASA will gather and analyze impact data from professional and amateur astronomers worldwide over the next several months to determine if water ice is present.
"The success of this mission is a tribute to the tremendous engineering skills and partnership between Northrop Grumman and NASA Ames Research Center," said Steve Hixson, vice president of Advanced Concepts-Space and Directed Energy Systems for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "We believe LCROSS will open the doors to new research and exploration missions based on the LCROSS model."
Built on a tight budget and schedule, LCROSS uses a standardized structural element; commercial-off-the-shelf hardware, sensors and components; flight-proven payload instruments and sophisticated risk management. The spacecraft was ready for delivery in just 29 months for a total mission cost of $79 million.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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TeleCommunication Systems Receives $1.8 Million Order From Army Technology Applications Office

Work Will Support Interoperability Command at Fort Bragg
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. ~ October 9, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - 10/09/09) - TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ:TSYS - News), a leading provider of mission-critical wireless communications, today announced that it has received a $1.8 million contract from the U.S. Army. This award is funded by the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems' (PEO EIS) Technology Applications Office (TAO).
This award covers the upgrade of the Army's second existing X-Band earth terminal in support of the Interoperability Command in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The upgrade will improve the terminal's performance, increase capacity and expand capability and will align this second terminal's overall technological state with that of the first X-Band terminal, which TCS upgraded earlier this year.
"TCS has had a good working relationship with the TAO for several years," said Michael Bristol, senior vice president of government solutions for TCS. "We are pleased to provide them the critical support necessary to maintain a modern communications infrastructure."
TCS has established a proven track record over the past decade of providing cost effective, highly reliable solutions to the Department of Defense, Special Operations and intelligence communities, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State. For more information on TCS government solutions visit:
About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ:TSYS - News) engineers and delivers highly reliable wireless communications technology. TCS is a leader in wireless text messaging and location-based technology, including E9-1-1 services and commercial applications like navigation that use the precise location of a wireless device, and secure satellite-based communications systems and services. Customers include leading wireless and VoIP carriers around the world, cable MSOs, automotive telematics vendors, and agencies of the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security. TCS is one of six primary vendors on a $5 billion Army Worldwide Satellite Systems Contract vehicle. For more information, visit
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Aerojet's Engine Powers Delta II Second Stage for DigitalGlobe's WorldView-2 Satellite Mission Launch

Aerojet ~ October 8, 2009
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY - News) company, announced that its engine helped propel today's Delta II launch vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California, putting the Ball Aerospace-built WorldView-2 imaging satellite into orbit. The satellite will collect and record high resolution commercial Earth imagery from space.
Under contract to the United Launch Alliance, Aerojet provides the Delta II rocket's liquid second stage engine. The United Launch Alliance supplies the Delta II launch vehicle and other mission services to Boeing Launch Services, under contract with satellite imagery company, DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI - News).
This same engine has supported launches of critical NASA missions such as MESSENGER, Phoenix Mars Lander, GLAST, THEMIS, STEREO, Deep Impact and the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) spacecraft as well as the USAF Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIR fleet. This particular engine's launch history began in 1958 when Aerojet provided second stage propulsion for the Vanguard-1 mission.
"It is a privilege to be part of such a great team that provides a high reliability vehicle to both government and commercial users," said Richard Yanick, director of Delta II and Space Tank Production Programs. "This is an important mission for DigitalGlobe and we are glad to have played an important role in their venture."
Aerojet is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader principally serving the missile and space propulsion, defense and armaments markets. GenCorp is a leading technology-based manufacturer of aerospace and defense products and systems with a real estate segment that includes activities related to the entitlement, sale, and leasing of the company's excess real estate assets. Additional information about Aerojet and GenCorp can be obtained by visiting the companies' Web sites at and