Army posts TSOA 21-2 RFI

On December 16, the U.S. Army posted the Technical Support and Operational Analysis (TSOA) 21-2 request for information (RFI). The purpose of this RFI is to gain information leading to Government/Industry collaboration at TSOA 21-2 to accelerate the development of technologies that will enable the Warfighter to be more effective, efficient, and lethal. The RFI’s submission deadline is January 15. The Technical Support and Operational...

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FLIR Systems acquires Altavian for defense sUAS

FLIR Systems Inc. has acquired Altavian Inc., a privately held manufacturer of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for defense and public-safety customers. Altavian’s airframes integrate multiple sensors, including FLIR thermal technology, to provide users with decision support and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability. Based in Gainesville, Florida and founded in 2011, Altavian designs and manufacturers...

Descartes Labs wins AFRL STAR contract

Descartes Labs, a Santa Fe, NM-based geospatial analytics company, today announced on October 27 that it has won a $2.2 million direct award contract through the Air Force Research Lab’s (AFRL) Space Technology Advanced Research (STAR) program. With this contract, the Descartes Labs Platform will empower AFRL to generate real-time analytics at a global scale and improve decision making down to the tactical level. Through advanced...

Orbital Sidekick wins USAF STRATFI contract

San Francisco, CA-based Orbital Sidekick (OSK) announced October 15 that it has been awarded a $16 million multi-year contract by the Department of the Air Force’s commercial investment group (AFVentures), in conjunction with the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), as part of its Strategic Financing (STRATFI) program. This award, which is matched by private investment funds, will...

NIWC posts final RFP for ISR Systems and IO from Seabed to Space

On September 30, the Naval Information Warfare Command (NIWC) announced the release of the final request for proposals (RFP) for the ISR systems and information operations (IO) from seabed to space acquisition. Proposals are due on November 4. The Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific issued Request for Proposal (RFP) No. N66001-20-R-3412 for Development, Technical, Management, and Engineering Services for Intelligence,...

BlackSky unveils Gen-3 satellite architecture

BlackSky, based in Herndon, VA, announced on September 24 the next phase of expansion of its high-revisit commercial satellite constellation with the unveiling of its next generation, Gen-3, satellite architecture. In addition, the company also announced it has conducted the preliminary design review of its Gen-3 satellite design for the U.S. Army Tactical GEOINT (TACGEO) prototype program as part of a multi-year contract with the...