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Coast Guard taps cellphone location data to speed searches

Technology
The U.S. Coast Guard is tapping into cellphone location data to provide a new tool for helping distressed boatersByThe Associated PressMay 10, 2020, 12:57 PM2 min read2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBOSTON -- The U.S. Coast Guard is tapping into cellphone location data to quickly locate distressed boaters. The voluntary i911 program lets the Coast Guard access mariners' cellphone locations to help rescue crews find them faster. The software is a free service for all first responders, including the Coast Guard. “It greatly decreases the time we spend looking for someone and gets the rescue crews out faster,” said Chief Petty Officer Andrew Case from the Coast Guard center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The Coast Guard center in the Northeast was the first to tes...
NASA taps Rocket Lab to launch CubeSat to lunar orbit

NASA taps Rocket Lab to launch CubeSat to lunar orbit

Science
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- NASA announced Friday it selected Rocket Lab of Huntington Beach, Calif., to launch a small satellite, or CubeSat, that will orbit the moon to help prepare for lunar missions. Rocket Lab is a new space company known mostly for launching small satellites from New Zealand, but it has a new launchpad in Virginia. The mission, called Capstone, is set to launch from the Virginia location in early 2021. NASA plans to have the CubeSat enter the same orbit around the moon as the planned Lunar Gateway space station. The Capstone spacecraft will allow NASA to study the planned orbit for Gateway. "In the same way we opened access to low Earth orbit for small satellites, we're proud to be bringing the Moon within reach to enable research and exploration," Rocket Lab founder and Chie...
Navy taps Raytheon for Tomahawk missile support on $7.2M contract

Navy taps Raytheon for Tomahawk missile support on $7.2M contract

Business
Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's Tomahawk missiles will receive upgrades under a $ 7.2 million contract with Raytheon, the Defense Department announced. The deal, announced Thursday, is a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement, and will provide an updated technical data package of the guidance test set and upgrade of existing units, including hardware and software. Earlier this year, the Navy placed orders for 90 Tomahawks in 2020 and another 90 in 2021, confirming that the new Block V designation for the next variant of Raytheon's Tomahawk cruise missile will go into production. The issue of improvements to the missiles, first put in service in 1983, comes as Navy ships and submarines find themselves in more combat situations and less as ...
DARPA taps BAE for autonomous air mission planning software

DARPA taps BAE for autonomous air mission planning software

Business
March 21 (UPI) -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded BAE Systems a new contract for its work on an autonomous air mission planning system for the U.S. military. The $ 3.1 million contract, announced Wednesday by BAE, is for development work on the Resilient Synchronized Planning and Assessment for the Contested Environment, or RSPACE, system. RSPACE is meant to develop software to aid air operators in planning and making battlespace decisions during daily operations, including when communications are limited or unreliable. BAE is focused on software called the Distributed, Interactive, Command-and-Control Tool, or DIRECT, which is meant to improve battlespace awareness. The system uses a visual interface to alert operators of areas of concern when planning missions...