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M7 nets $5M for avionics refresh on National Guard's RC-26B aircraft

M7 nets $5M for avionics refresh on National Guard's RC-26B aircraft

Business
Feb. 4 (UPI) -- M7 Aerospace, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems of America, has been awarded a sub-contract worth up to $ 22 million to provide an avionics refresh for the U.S. Air National Guard RC-26B, a turbo-prop, fixed-wing aircraft. M7 Aerospace announced Monday it was awarded an initial $ 5 million order from Support Systems Associates -- but with all options, the contract is worth 4.5 times that amount for the aircraft, which are used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. The work includes avionics engineering, design, integration, modification, test and maintenance for the planes. Work will be performed at the company's plants in San Antonio, with a projected 2021 completion date. "The U.S. Air National Guard can trust Elbit Systems of America to keep their a...
SpaceX launch completes Iridium satellite refresh

SpaceX launch completes Iridium satellite refresh

Science
Ten spacecraft have launched from California to complete the $ 3bn refurbishment of the original satellite phone system, Iridium. A SpaceX Falcon rocket carried the platforms aloft. They will go live in the network in the coming weeks.The original Iridium constellation was put up in the late 90s to link calls to any location on the planet. This function will continue, but the new satellites carry some add-ons to support additional services.One is monitoring technology to surveil the movements of planes.The UK's air traffic management company, NATS, and its Canadian equivalent, NAV CANADA, plan to use the new capability to transform the routing of aircraft across the North Atlantic. Media playback is ...