Thursday, January 14, 2010

InnoCentive and NASA Offer Global Community Opportunity to Advance U.S. Space Program

New NASA Open Innovation Challenge Pavilion Leverages Crowdsourcing to Improve Health and Performance of Astronauts
Defense News ~ WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - 01/13/10) - InnoCentive, Inc., the open innovation provider, and NASA Johnson Space Center's (JSC) Space Life Sciences Directorate (SLSD) today announced a new NASA Open Innovation Pavilion providing the public with the opportunity to solve difficult problems in human health and performance facing the U.S. space program. Always pushing the boundaries of innovation, the NASA Space Life Sciences' work with InnoCentive is a key part in the implementation phase of the organization's new broader strategic planning initiative.
"Many people around the world did not previously have the opportunity to help solve some of the problems facing NASA," said InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin. "Now, anyone with interest and ability can impact how the U.S. explores the final frontier. NASA Space Life Sciences' commitment to open innovation is a testament to exploring solutions from any contributor."
NASA Space Life Sciences is pursuing new strategies, such as crowdsourcing, to achieve its goals for improved collaboration and open innovation. Open to InnoCentive's network of 200,000 Solvers, the NASA Open Innovation Pavilion currently offers awards for the solving of three Challenges focused on developing an exercise resistance mechanism, forecasting solar events and improving food packaging.
These three Challenges are the first in a series of life sciences Challenges focused on improving the health and performance of astronauts. They pose a new level of problem-solving and excitement to the InnoCentive Solver network, since these Challenges accompany a new set of solution development constraints. Because the Challenges exist in space, not on Earth, InnoCentive anticipates Solvers attempting to provide winning solutions will need to employ significant creativity.
Challenge 1: Improved Barrier Layers - Keeping Food Fresh in Space
Challenge 2: Develop a compact, effective aerobic and resistive exercise device
Challenge 3: Forecasting of Solar Events
"Providing more opportunities for collaboration is key to achieving Space Life Sciences goals," said Jeffrey R. Davis, M.D., director, Space Life Sciences, NASA Johnson Space Center. "Working with InnoCentive and other open innovation intermediaries allows us to draw from the broadest set of expertise to most effectively address the health and performance challenges of human spaceflight."
"Solutions generated within NASA's Open Innovation Pavilion may have implications beyond improving health and human performance during spaceflight," said Elizabeth E. Richard, senior strategist, Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group. "Solutions for spaceflight may have applications to Earth-based problems that could include new medical therapeutic and diagnostic devices, air and water quality monitoring, and even new food packaging strategies as described in one of the current challenges."
In the future InnoCentive will partner with additional NASA research centers, including Langley, to develop and post to the NASA Open Innovation Pavilion Challenges specific to their programs.
About NASA JSC's Space Life Sciences Directorate
The Space Life Sciences Directorate (SLSD) is an organization at JSC focusing on key areas of human space flight that include space medicine, biomedical research and human factors and environmental monitoring. Its mission statement is "To optimize human health and productivity for space exploration." All Space Life Sciences human health and countermeasures research, medical operations, habitability and environmental factors activities, and directorate support functions are ultimately aimed at achieving this mission. SLSD activities enable mission success, optimizing human health and productivity in space before, during and after the actual spaceflight experience of the flight crews, and include support for ground-based functions. For more information, visit
About InnoCentive, Inc.
Since 2001, InnoCentive has helped corporate, government, and non-profit organizations to better innovate through crowdsourcing, strategic consulting services and internal Software-as-a-Service offerings. The company built the first global Web community for open innovation where organizations or "Seekers" submit complex problems or "Challenges" for resolution to a "Solver" community of more than 180,000 engineers, scientists, inventors, business professionals, and research organizations in more than 175 countries. Prizes for winning solutions are financial awards up to US $1,000,000. Committed to unleashing diverse thinking, InnoCentive continues to introduce new products and services exemplifying a new corporate model where return to investors and individual passion go hand in hand with solving mankind's most pressing problems.
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Landing of Main Propulsion Diesel Engines Is Latest Milestone for Nation's Third Littoral Combat Ship

Defense News ~ MARINETTE, Wis., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-led industry team completed a key milestone in constructing the nation's third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) with the landing of the vessel's two main propulsion diesel engines. LCS 3, named Fort Worth, is on track for delivery to the U.S. Navy in 2012.
More than 85 percent of the ship's modules are under construction at the Marinette Marine shipyard. Lockheed Martin has reduced labor costs on LCS 3 by 30 percent by applying lessons from building LCS 1, the USS Freedom. The overall LCS 3 program is on-cost and on-schedule.
"We continue to make great progress building Fort Worth," said Dan Schultz, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's Ship & Aviation Systems business. "Applying lessons learned from building USS Freedom, the Lockheed Martin team invested millions of dollars to improve production efficiencies, including the installation and use of higher-capacity, higher-efficiency overhead cranes, plasma-cutting tables and pipe-bending machines. Marinette Marine Corporation is a quality shipbuilder that puts their heart and soul into this ship, and it really shows."
Designed to operate in coastal waters, the LCS provides the Navy with a fast, agile shallow-draft warship that maximizes mission flexibility. The vessel is a highly automated surface combatant that can accommodate numerous mission packages, providing the flexibility to execute focused missions such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, as well as other potential missions.
Fort Worth's recently landed Fairbanks-Morse 16-cylinder diesel engines are a critical part of the Lockheed Martin team's proven LCS propulsion system, which incorporates diesel and gas turbine engines with steerable water jets. The two diesel engines will provide Fort Worth with an economical cruising speed range of more than 3,500 nautical miles.
"It's very exciting to see such excellent progress on the future USS Fort Worth," said Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-12-Texas), the ship's sponsor, whose congressional district encompasses the city of Fort Worth. "All of us in Fort Worth, and in the great state of Texas, are looking forward to christening this important ship and seeing it operating in the U.S. Navy's Fleet with USS Freedom."
In September, the team landed Fort Worth's two Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbines – the largest gas turbines installed on any Navy ship class – which will allow Fort Worth to sustain sprint speeds of well over 40 knots. The innovative propulsion system's two fixed and two steerable Rolls-Royce water jets provide superior maneuverability for mission execution.
The same propulsion system has successfully powered USS Freedom (LCS 1) more than 8,000 nautical miles since that ship's commissioning in November 2008. In October 2009, the Navy announced it would deploy USS Freedom early in 2010, two years ahead of schedule.
Lockheed Martin's LCS team delivered the first-of-class USS Freedom to the fleet in only six years from its initial concept, half the time of traditional naval combatant shipbuilding programs. Team members include naval architect Gibbs & Cox, ship builders Bollinger Shipyards and Marinette Marine Corporation, a Fincantieri company, as well as other domestic and international teammates.
Designed to operate in littoral waters, the Lockheed Martin-led team's LCS features a semi-planing steel monohull that provides the Navy with a survivable, fast, and agile shallow-draft warship, which maximizes mission flexibility and accessibility. With a proven open architecture networked, combat-management system common to other surface combatants in U.S. and international navies, the Lockheed Martin team's LCS provides unprecedented levels of reliability and interoperability with global maritime forces.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.
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Raytheon Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer Completes First Free-Flight Test

Program set for critical design review, engineering and manufacturing development
Defense News ~ TUCSON, Ariz., Jan. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) completed the first free-flight test of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer. The completion of this flight test sets the stage for a critical design review in 2010 and the conclusion of Phase II risk reduction.
The MALD-J™ adds radar-jamming capability to the basic MALD platform. MALD is a state-of-the-art, low-cost flight vehicle that is modular, air-launched and programmable. It weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of approximately 500 nautical miles (about 575 statute miles).
"Achieving this milestone proves MALD-J has a technology readiness level 7 and sets the stage for the system to enter engineering and manufacturing development," said Ken Watson, the U.S. Air Force's MALD program manager.
MALD-J recently completed numerous captive carry test missions and a milestone C decision – the decision to go into production – is expected in early 2011.
"The modular MALD-J gives the warfighter expendable, stand-in jamming capability," said Scott Muse, Raytheon's MALD program director. "MALD-J will eliminate or reduce the need to send aircrews into danger to conduct suppression of enemy air defense missions."
Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 87 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.
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More than 125 Raytheon employees design and build the MALD and MALD-J in Tucson, Ariz.; Goleta, Calif.; and El Segundo, Calif.
Hundreds of employees in scores of businesses across the U.S. design and manufacture MALD and MALD-J components. Major suppliers include: AML Communications, Camarillo, Calif.; AUSCO, Port Washington, N.Y.; BAE, Berthoud, Colo.; CEI, Sacramento, Calif.; Celestica, Austin, Texas; Eagle Pitcher, Joplin, Mo.; EDO, Bohemia, N.Y.; Enser, Pinellas Park, Fla.; Engineered Fabrics Corp, Rockmart, Ga.; GDOTS, Redmond, Wash.; Hamilton-Sundstrand, Rockford, Ill.; Hamilton-Sundstrand, San Diego, Calif.; LaBarge, Joplin, Mo.; Moog, East Aurora, N.Y.; Tecom, Westlake Village, Calif.

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URS Awarded U.S. Army Environmental Remediation Services Contract

Defense News ~ SAN FRANCISCO- January 13, 2010,- (BUSINESS WIRE)--URS Corporation (NYSE:URS - News) today announced that the Company is one of seven firms that has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract by the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center to provide worldwide environmental remediation services. The contract, which has a two-year base period, followed by three one-year options, has a maximum aggregate value to all seven awardees of approximately $945 million over the full five-year term.
Under the terms of the contract, URS can compete for, or be assigned, task orders to provide a variety of services for projects at Department of Defense installations worldwide. Potential services include the elimination of conventional munitions and chemical warfare material; environmental compliance and remediation services; and other munitions-related services.
Commenting on the contract award, Gary V. Jandegian, President of Infrastructure & Environment for URS, said: “We are pleased by this award, which demonstrates URS’ expertise in providing a variety of munitions-related services. We look forward to expanding our work with the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center and helping them meet their important objectives.”
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Harris Corporation Successfully Completes Preliminary Implementation Review of U.S. Army's MET Program

Contract's Anticipated Value is $600 Million Over 10 Years
Defense News ~ MELBOURNE, Fla., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), has successfully completed the Preliminary Implementation Review for the U.S. Army's Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) program -- next-generation military satellite communications terminals that will provide the worldwide backbone for high-priority military communications and missile defense systems. Completion of the review enables the project to move into the important design phase.
In partnership with the Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (PM DCATS or "Team DCATS"), Harris conducted an intensive review of all aspects of the preliminary design and life cycle support. DCATS is an organization under the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems, which is focused on enterprise-wide network solutions that help to ensure information dominance for the Army.
"This is an important milestone for the MET program, as it establishes a common understanding of the system architecture and ensures that all technical, program and supportability requirements have been properly allocated and accounted for," said Wes Covell, president of Harris Defense Programs. "Completion of the review successfully concludes the preliminary design phase of the MET program and enables Harris and Team DCATS to move forward jointly into the critical design phase."
As prime contractor for the Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, Harris will develop, test and certify four unique terminal configurations during a 30-month, First Article Test phase. In addition, Harris will provide production hardware under the five-year base contract, with five additional option years, and will support field activities such as site preparation, installation, test, operations, and maintenance.
Harris Defense Programs develops, supplies, and integrates communications and information processing products, systems, and networks for a diverse base of aerospace, terrestrial and maritime applications supporting U.S. Department of Defense missions. Harris is committed to delivering leading-edge technologies that support the military's ongoing transformation to network-centric communications.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at
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ViaSat Wins MIDS-LVT Data Link Terminal FMS Award

Defense News ~ CARLSBAD, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) has been awarded an order valued at approximately $4.8 million for Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) terminals. This award resulted from a competitive procurement for 30 LVT(6) configuration terminals under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program through the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). The order will be for MIDS-LVTs for the F-16 aircraft. The F-16 is the world's most widely flown jet fighter and ViaSat is the leading supplier of MIDS terminals to F-16 fleets worldwide.
MIDS-LVT is part of a tactical radio system that collects data from many sources and displays an electronic overview of the battlefield using secure, high capacity, jam resistant, digital data and voice. The system is used on US Navy, US Air Force, US Army platforms and military platforms of other nations. ViaSat is one of two U.S. Government-qualified manufacturers of Link-16 MIDS-LVT airborne terminals and is the leading supplier of the LVT(2) ground-based terminal.
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ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to virtually any location. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies and products to the U.S. government; is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services; and owns WildBlue, the premier Ka-band satellite broadband service provider. ViaSat also offers design capabilities and a number of complementary products including monolithic microwave integrated circuits and modules, DVB-S2 satellite communication components, video data link systems, data acceleration and compression, and mobile satellite antenna systems. ViaSat is based in Carlsbad, CA, has major locations in Duluth, GA, Germantown, MD (Comsat Laboratories), and Greenwood Village, CO (WildBlue), along with additional field offices and service centers worldwide.
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