Texas Department of Information Resources Awards Northrop Grumman Network Security Solutions Contract


MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 29, 2008 — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a Network Security Solutions contract to provide information technology (IT) security services for the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). This master contract would allow qualified buyers from the Texas public sector to purchase competitively priced IT security services from Northrop Grumman.

The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has an initial year value of $100,000 and is potentially worth $1 million over four years, with two initial years and two one-year options. The contract was awarded under the new DIR Go-Direct Cooperative Contracts Program.

Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman’s Information Technology (IT) sector will provide a wide-range of IT security services including security governance and advisory service, risk and vulnerability assessment, security support and intelligence, implementation, incident response, and security training services.




U.S. Army Places $152 Million Order for 12 Additional Lockheed Martin EQ-36 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radars


The EQ-36 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radar

To accelerate the fielding of the new Enhanced AN/TPQ-36 Counterfire Target Acquisition radar, the U.S. Army has exercised $152 million in contract options for 12 additional systems from Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT].

The EQ-36 radars will detect, classify, track and determine the location of enemy indirect fire such as mortars, artillery and rockets in either 90-degree or 360-degree modes. These systems will replace aging TPQ-36 and TPQ-37 medium-range radars, currently in the Army’s inventory.

The 12 new EQ-36 systems covered under the contract options are in addition to five radars that will be delivered to the Army’s Program Executive Office – Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors within 36 months under a $120 million design and development contract awarded to Lockheed Martin in January 2007.





Boeing Uses Flight-Proven Satellite Technology for TSAT Review


EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 29, 2008 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has used an operational, commercial communications satellite to demonstrate the maturity of its Internet-like, space-based packet-switching technology during a program review of the company’s proposed Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT) for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).

The Boeing-built SPACEWAY™ 3 satellite was used for the review, which took place earlier this month at three locations across the United States with participants interacting through a videoconference and collaboration software. SPACEWAY 3, which is owned and operated by Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), is the only satellite of its type in orbit. Its unique packet-switching technology is directly applicable to Boeing’s proposed TSAT system.



NASA to Discuss Hubble Anomaly and Servicing Mission Launch Delay


The payload for the STS-125 mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope is loaded into space shuttle Atlantis’ payload bay. Image credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

Sept. 29, 2008
NASA will host a media teleconference at 6 p.m. EDT today to discuss a significant Hubble Space Telescope anomaly that occurred this weekend affecting the storage and transmittal of science data to Earth. Fixing the problem will delay next month’s space shuttle Atlantis’ Hubble servicing mission. To listen to the teleconference live, go to www.nasa.gov/newsaudio.

As a result of the launch delay, NASA has postponed the planned Oct. 3 Flight Readiness Review and subsequent news conference. The review will occur at a later date.



Successful re-entry marks bright future for ATV


Backdropped by a blanket of clouds, ESA’s Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle (lower left) appears to be very small as it continues its relative separation from the International Space Station. The ATV undocked from the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module at 23:29 CEST on 5 September 2008 and was placed in a parking orbit for three weeks, scheduled to be deorbited on 29 September when lighting conditions are correct for an ESA imagery experiment of reentry.

Credits: NASA


Taken at approximately 15:36 CEST (13:36 UT) from the DC-8 aircraft.

29 September 2008
ESA PR 41-2008. Europe’s first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Jules Verne successfully completed its six-month ISS logistics mission today with its controlled destructive re-entry over a completely uninhabited area of the South Pacific.

Following a final deorbit burn at 14:58 CEST which slowed its velocity by 70 m/s, the ATV entered the upper atmosphere at an altitude of 120 km at 15:31 CEST. It broke up at an altitude of 75 km with the remaining fragments falling into the Pacific some 12 minutes later.





Defence and support services company VT Group plc today issues the following pre-close period statement. The Group’s interim results will be announced at 7.00am on Tuesday, 11 November 2008.

The Group continues to trade overall in line with the Board’s expectations with strong performances in the Group’s service businesses offsetting a slower contribution from the shipbuilding Joint Venture, BVT Surface Fleet. Since the AGM we have received our initial dividend from the Joint Venture of £22m.

VT continues to focus on developing its engineering-based support services and the current services order book stands at £4.6 billion. This represents an increase of £600m from the beginning of the year, with organic growth achieved from a number of extensions to existing contracts, as well as new business wins. Since the AGM the following contracts have been won:



International stars to test Bermuda’s Opti sailors


Bermuda’s best youth sailors will once again have the enviable pleasure and ultimate challenge of competing against the world’s best Optimist dinghy sailors in the 2008 Renaissance Reinsurance Junior Gold Cup, October 9-12, sailed on Bermuda’s Great Sound and in Hamilton Harbour adjacent to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. This year, invitations were sent out to the Optimist Dinghy associations of 16 countries on 5 continents in an attempt to lure their best “Opti” sailors to our shores during the second week of October.



Northrop Grumman Speaks on Global Change at Space Industry Conference in the UK


LONDON – Sep. 29, 2008 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) will be among leading space industry speakers at the International Astronautical Congress being held in Glasgow, UK from 29 Sep – 3 Oct.

Northrop Grumman representatives will deliver three conference papers on a theme of global change, and the company will exhibit its key space technology capabilities including the National Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) as a fundamental contributor to global weather, climate and hazard monitoring.

The International Astronautical Congress is a major international space conference, which provides a focus for the space industry worldwide through the presentation of the latest ideas and current activities across a diverse range of space-related topics. It will be attended by more than 2,000 experts, including astronauts, space agencies, scientists, engineers and technology specialists.



For Sale – ”Ylva af Käringön” (ex. ”Ylva”)


Ice-breaking passenger ship

Equipment: C. Weilbach magnetic compass, Ritchie MD 200B fluxgate compass, Furuno FR 1505 Mark-3 radar, Shipmate RS 8000 VHF + Furuno FM-8500 VHF, Furuno RDP 139 Navnet chart plotter with C-map charts, Furuno GP-35 GPS navigator, Tenfjord quick steering, Seffle rudder indicator, Moncaor PA-880 pa-system, 4 x 50 person life rafts.

General arrangement: Small ticket office by the main entrance on port side. Main saloon holds about 60 seated passengers. The aft saloon holds another 34 passenger seats. Small aft deck under roof, holds two WCs and the stairs to the large topdeck with seating for 75 passengers on life vest containers. All areas below deck have been stripped of interior, sandblasted and painted. Aft of engine room is a large store room, 5.5 meters long. Below deck in fore is the former crew accomodations of about 40 square meters. The forepeak, which is 3.5 m long with full standing height is accessed from deck hatch.






Ranger at The Superyacht Cup Ulysse Nardin, Palma 2007 ©Kos/kospictures.com

September 29th 2008

Four J Class yachts, including the new Huisman-built Hanuman, have communicated their intention to participate in The Superyacht Cup 2009 in Palma, June 24-27. It will be the first time the four J’s, Ranger, Velsheda, Shamrock V and Hanuman will race against each other.