Orbcomm and Hub Group Launch Container Tracking and Monitoring Solution
Orbcomm has signed a multi-year agreement with Hub Group to deploy Orbcomm’s GT 2300 intermodal container tracking and monitoring platform. Hub Group will begin deployment of the Orbcomm system in the first quarter of 2014.
Hub Group will integrate Orbcomm’s GT 2300 solution to more accurately identify trucking loading and unloading events, which should reduce container idle time and increase customer satisfaction. Hub Group anticipates Orbcomm’s GT 2300 platform will improve the information flow across the multiple touch points between its intermodal/drayage and back-office operations, providing customers with greater visibility to their loads. In addition, this solution improves the timeliness of pick-up and delivery information, which is expected to lead to more optimal equipment use.
Orbcomm’s GT 2300 uses customizable reporting profiles to optimize data delivery and power management for extended battery life. The device is also designed to fit internally within the container corrugations to avoid damage during cargo loading, unloading and movement.
Lockheed Martin Completes First Solar Ultraviolet Imager for NOAA’s GOES R Satellite Series
Lockheed Martin has completed the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) instrument for NOAA’s next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) satellite missions, known as the GOES R series. The team is on track for instrument delivery for integration with the first GOES R spacecraft at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems facility in Denver, Colo.
The SUVI will provide the required solar observational capabilities that enable NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center to monitor solar activity and to issue accurate, real-time alerts when space weather may possibly affect the performance and reliability of space-borne and ground-based technological systems.
Skybox Imaging Releases First HD Video From SkySat 1
Skybox Imaging has released its first high-resolution, high-definition video of Earth taken by its first commercial remote sensing satellite SkySat 1, which captures up to 90-second video clips at 30 frames per second. The satellite’s first released videos showcase high-resolution views of Tokyo, Bangkok, Baltimore, Las Vegas, and Aleppo. The video clips have not yet been calibrated or tuned.
The resolution is high enough to view objects like shipping containers that impact the global economy while maintaining a level of clarity that does not determine human activity.
ViaSat Demonstrates Full Mesh MF-TDMA DAMA Networking for U.S. Army
ViaSat has successfully demonstrated full-mesh multi spot beam (fan in/fan out) operations over the government-owned WGS 1 satellite with LinkWayS2 equipped Earth terminals configured with the WIN-T software baseline. Using a single TDMA carrier, full-mesh connectivity was demonstrated between all traffic terminals, both interbeam and intrabeam. ViaSat and the Army set up the same connections using multiple TDMA carriers configured in the same bandwidth segment on WGS 1.
Air Force Selects Raytheon’s High Bandwidth Satellite Terminals
Under a contract worth more than $134 million, the U.S. Air Force has selected Raytheon to develop a terminal that transmits emergency messages to aircrews during nuclear and non-nuclear missions. The Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal (Global ASNT) is part of the nuclear command and control system that allows the president of the United States to direct and manage U.S. forces. The terminals will be installed at fixed sites, including wing command posts, nuclear task forces and munitions support squadrons, and forward deployed mobile support teams. Fielding is expected in fiscal 2017.