General Dynamics Awarded 70 Additional DURO Armoured Personnel Carriers for the Swiss Army

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VIENNA, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics European Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded a contract by the Swiss Army for delivery of 70 additional DURO Armoured Personnel Carriers for the Swiss Global Mobility Task Force (GMTF).

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Harris Corporation Receives $5.6 Million in Orders from International Customer for Falcon Tactical Radios

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Highlights:
• Harris supplying Falcon II radios to international customer for tactical radio modernization.
• Radios supply interoperable voice and data communications for both line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight.
• Represents continued international adoption of systems and support for assured voice and data communications on the battlefield.

MELBOURNE, Fla. & ROCHESTER, N.Y.– Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received $5.6 million in orders to provide Falcon II® radios that will deliver high-performance tactical communications to an international customer’s armed forces. The orders include Falcon II RF-5800H high-frequency (HF) and RF-5800V very high-frequency (VHF) radios.

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ATK Awarded $20 Million UltraFlex™ Solar Array Contract from Orbital

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The ATK Arrays Will Provide Solar Power for Orbital’s Enhanced Cygnus™ Spacecraft

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — ATK (NYSE: ATK) was awarded a $20 million contract by Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) to provide its UltraFlex™ solar arrays to power Orbital’s enhanced Cygnus™ cargo logistics space vehicle, which is being utilized under NASA’s Commercial Resupply System contract.

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ROLLS-ROYCE ENHANCES ROLE IN BRAZIL OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY WITH NEW PETROBRAS CONTRACTS VALUED AT UP TO $650 MILLION

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Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has been awarded new contracts with a potential value of $650 million by Petrobras, a world leader in deep and ultra-deep water oil and gas exploration and production, to support its production activities offshore Brazil.

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Keeping watch on our seething Sun

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As part of ESA’s SSA Preparatory Programme, the Space Weather (SWE) Segment focuses on services for owners/operators of satellites in space and infrastructure on the ground. ESA’s SWE services will enable end-users in a wide range of affected sectors to mitigate the effects of space weather on their systems, reducing costs and improving reliability.

In Europe’s economy today, numerous sectors are potentially affected by space weather, ranging from space-based telecommunications, broadcasting, weather services and navigation through to power distribution and terrestrial communications, especially at northern latitudes.

Each of these sectors has a need for space weather data and services, together with a further requirement for those services to be tailored to their particular application.

Credits: ESA – P.Carril

29 November 2011
Our Sun is more active now than it has been for the past four years. Increasingly, energetic particles and radiation are being ejected toward the Earth, posing significant hazards for our spaceborne and ground-based infrastructure. Next year will see the start of ESA’s precursor space weather warning services under the SSA Preparatory Programme.

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Boeing Receives $20 Million Contract to Upgrade F-15C Trainers

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Cutting-edge visual system will provide 360 degrees of immersive training

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 29, 2011 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] received a $20 million contract in September from the U.S. Air Force to upgrade the visual systems in the F-15C Mission Training Centers. Twelve MTCs, located at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom, and Kadena Air Base, Japan, will be upgraded with Boeing’s Constant Resolution Visual System (CRVS).

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Young Stellar Grouping in Cygnus X

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Cygnus X hosts many young stellar groupings. The combined outflows and ultraviolet radiation from the region’s numerous massive stars have heated and pushed gas away from the clusters, producing cavities of hot, lower-density gas.

In this 8-micron infrared image, ridges of denser gas mark the boundaries of the cavities. Bright spots within these ridges show where stars are forming today.

Credit: NASA/IPAC/MSX

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