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DARPA DARPA aims to develop network of small satellites. Scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are interested in developing a network of smaller, less-expensive satellites that would replace current satellites. DARPA is keen to conduct an in-orbit demonstration of the satellite networks in 2014 or 2015. Raytheon's BBN Technologies division is designing the network that would be used by the satellites. Aug 16, 2011

General Dynamics General Dynamics will acquire Vangent for $960 million. General Dynamics has agreed to acquire Vangent Holding Corp., a government contractor, for about $960 million. The acquisition will help give General Dynamics "the scope and scale to compete in markets that are receiving high priority in current funding and entitlement-reform initiatives," the company says. Aug 17, 2011

Lockheed Martin Taiwan seeks U.S. OK to upgrade F-16s with AESA radar. Taiwan is striving to upgrade its F-16 jets from Lockheed Martin with active, electronically scanned array radar. Taiwan has asked the U.S. for permission to upgrade the F-16s, and the U.S. plans to decide on the upgrade and other requests by Oct. 1. Other Asian countries, such as South Korea and Singapore, are also considering upgrading F-16s with AESA radar. Aug 16, 2011

Lockheed Martin, NASA Lockheed engineers will test spaceship at facility near Denver. Engineers at Lockheed Martin are preparing a spaceship for the latest round of tests at a facility near Denver. Lockheed built the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle under a $7.5 billion contract from NASA. The spaceship could eventually transport astronauts to the International Space Station or more-distant missions. Aug 15, 2011

Naval Research Laboratory NRL Flight-Tests Autonomous Multi-Target, Multi-User Tracking Capability. The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) through the support of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), have shown an autonomous multi-sensor motion-tracking and interrogation system that reduces the workload for analysts by automatically finding moving objects, then presenting high-resolution images of those objects with no human input. Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets in the field generate vast amounts of data that can overwhelm human operators and can severely limit the ability of an analyst to generate intelligence reports in...

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