Up close view of base of recovered SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage rocket powered by 9 Merlin 1 D engines being transported horizontally back to SpaceX processing hanger at the Kennedy Space Center from Port Canaveral, Florida storage and processing facility on April 19, 2016. Note: landing legs were removed. Credit: Julian Leek

Up close view of base of recovered SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage rocket powered by 9 Merlin 1 D engines being transported horizontally back to SpaceX processing hanger at the Kennedy Space Center from Port Canaveral, Florida storage and processing facility on April 19, 2016. Note: landing legs were removed. Credit: Julian Leek

(Universe Today’s Ken Kremer April 20, 2016) – The recovered SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster that successfully carried out history’s first upright touchdown from ajust flown rocket onto a droneship at sea, has just been moved back to the firms processing hanger at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for testing and eventual reflight.

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Satellite internet Startup OneWeb Ltd plans to manufacture 15 satellites per week at a planned factory in Florida as part of its push to provide global high-speed Internet access, company officials said on April 19.

Backed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and other well-known firms, OneWeb aims to supply Internet services worldwide through a fleet of 700 or more satellites it expects to have in orbit and operating by the end of 2019.

Construction of the Florida factory has not yet begun and OneWeb did not say when manufacturing would start. On April 19 it unveiled the factory’s location near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, two days after Reuters reported it.

The first group of 10 satellites are being built at partner Airbus’ Toulouse, France facility.

Typically, communications satellites take four to five months to assemble, Brian Holz, chief executive of OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture of OneWeb and Europe’s Airbus Group’s Defense and Space said during an event near the future location of the factory.

“We’re going to build one in an eight-hour shift,” he said. He did not give details but said the factory would be highly automated.

OneWeb plans to hire 250 engineers to work at the state-financed, robotics-intensive facility to be located in an industrial park next door to where Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin is building a rocket factory.

The company also intends to build satellites for other companies and agencies, including the US military and NASA, said OneWeb founder Greg Wyler, a well-known communications satellite industry executive. He said the initial run of satellites would be 900 to provide for spares.

Wyler said that the region’s aerospace and engineering workforce, plus up to about US$20mil (RM77.55mil) in financial incentives from the state and county, were key to the company’s decision on where to base the 100,000sqft (9,290sqm) plant.

Space Florida, a state-backed space economic development agency, plans to spend up to about US$80mil (RM310.22mil) to build and equip the factory, which will then be leased to OneWeb, Space Florida President Frank DiBello said in an interview.

OneWeb has raised US$500mil (RM1.94bil) in an initial round of financing for its venture from a group of companies including Virgin Group, Airbus, India’s Bharti Enterprises, chipmaker Qualcomm Inc, Hughes Network Systems, Intelsat, Coca-Cola Co and Mexico’s Totalplay.

– Reuters

E-2D Cockpit

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Cockpit

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, Melbourne, Florida, is being awarded a $28,446,240 modification to a previously awarded, fixed-price-incentive, firm target contract (N00019-13-C-9999) for material and supplemental support of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delta System Software Configuration 2 Suite.  Work will be performed in Marlboro, Massachusetts (60.8 percent); Melbourne, Florida (17.8 percent); Syracuse, New York (10 percent); Hayward, California (5 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (5 percent); Bethpage, New York (.8 percent); and St. Augustine, Florida (.6 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2018.  Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $28,446,240 are being obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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Rendering of OneWeb's proposed Space Coast satellite manufacturing facility

Rendering of OneWeb’s proposed Space Coast satellite manufacturing facility

Major satellite manufacturing company OneWeb revealed plans to build a major facility on NASA property next to the Kennedy Space Center — a move that could lead to more space launches along the Space Coast.

OneWeb announced on April 19 at Exploration Park that it will build an $85 million, 100,000-square-foot facility and create 250 high-wage jobs with an average wage of $65,579 within five years. Most of the positions will be for engineers. The annual projected economic impact is estimated to be in excess of $36 million upon project completion.

The project is in partnership with the state of Florida and Space Florida. Florida is kicking in more than $17 million worth of incentives to OneWeb, while Space Florida is providing the the 6 acres of land for the company.

OneWeb is expected to open its satellite manufacturing factory in 2017. The company’s first order includes the production of 900 communication satellites with an initial delivery scheduled for 2017.

OneWeb founder Greg Wyler said the goal for the company is to build 15 satellites within one week, a process that normally takes four months. He said that the expectation is to build one satellite every eight hours. Each OneWeb satellite is approximately 150 kilograms, and will deliver up to 10 gigabits per second as well as enable internet access to bridge the digital divide.

The reason this deal could bring more launch business to the Space Coast is because OneWeb will partner with companies to launch the satellites into orbit. Already, OneWeb has a partnership deal with aerospace company Airbus Defence & Space, as well as Virgin Galactic. Some of those launches could take place in Florida as soon as 2018.

Airbus Defence & Space will begin by building test satellites at its facility in Toulouse, France. Once up and running, Arianespace and Virgin Galactic will provide launch services support, Hughes Network Systems will build ground monitoring and management hardware, and Intelsat will manage the satellite fleet for the company.

Stay tuned as this is a developing story.

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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, Melbourne, Florida, is being awarded $50,762,901 for modification 0026 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive, firm target, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-13-C-9999) for non-recurring engineering, product support, engineering investigations, and software sustainment in support of the full-rate production Lot 4 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. Majority of the Work will be performed in Melbourne, Florida (52 percent); and various locations within the U.S., and is expected to be completed in March 2017. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $50,762,901 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Legacy 600 airplane. Embraer's super mid-sized airplane. Reliable aircraft with low operational costs.

Legacy 600 airplane. Embraer’s super mid-sized airplane. Reliable aircraft with low operational costs.

by , FLORIDA TODAY – Embraer put its Legacy on display Tuesday at Melbourne International Airport – literally.

The Melbourne-headquartered Embraer Executive Jets held a brief ceremony at its customer center to note the 1,000th delivery of a business jet to a customer. But for most people in Brevard, the bigger news probably is the sleek Legacy itself: a mid-sized, business-class jet that workers in Brevard County will begin assembling next month at Embraer’s sprawling campus on the north side of the airport.

Embraer, which already employs more than 500 people in Brevard, is expected to add 600 jobs in the next three to four years to support the assembly of the Legacy. In Melbourne, the company already assembles the smaller line of business jets, the Phenom 100 and 300 series, as well as operates the company’s only U.S. Engineering & Technology Center. Embraer also has a customer center at the airport.

And in Titusville, Embraer last year broke ground for a new unit, Aero Seating facility in Spaceport Commerce Park.

The São José dos Campos, Brazil-based Embraer started making business jets about 15 years ago, with the first delivery in 2002. Three years later, the company decided the product needed its own business unit and started Embraer Executive Jets in 2005. Since then, the company has carved itself a significant share of the global business jet market.

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Photo Courtesy Northrop Grumman

Photo Courtesy Northrop Grumman

by , FLORIDA TODAY MELBOURNE — Northrop Grumman’s upcoming expansion at Orlando Melbourne International Airport will include three new office and laboratory buildings totaling 545,111 square feet, increasing the aerospace giant’s campus at Orlando Melbourne International Airport to 157 acres.

Thursday night, the Melbourne Planning & Zoning Board will consider approving a site plan that details future construction at Northrop Grumman’s Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence. The company is expanding to build the Air Force’s next-generation Long Range Strike Bomber, a $20-billion-plus contract that could grow to $80 billion.

Northrop Grumman officials have said they expect to add 1,500 jobs, and these workers will earn an average of $100,000 a year.

The site plan at Melbourne City Hall depicts the future Buildings 230, 231 and 232 at the nine-building campus on airport property off NASA Boulevard. Dimensions:

• A three-story, 275,000-square-foot office/laboratory building.

• A three-story, 219,111-square-foot office building.

• A three-story, 51,000-square-foot office/laboratory building.

The tallest structure will clock in at 72 feet, 5 inches.

Construction Engineering Group, the design firm that prepared the site plan, stated that Northrop Grumman’s stealth-bomber expansion is “one of the most dynamic projects ever in Melbourne.”

Check floridatoday.com for updates.

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THE SUNTRUST FOUNDATION RECENTLY PRESENTED THE BISK COLLEGE OF BUSINESS A $10,000 DONATION. PICTURED FROM LEFT, DARRELL SANDALL, FLORIDA TECH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, ROBERT KEIMER, CO-DIRECTOR AT FLORIDA TECH’S CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP, SCOTT BENJAMIN, CO-DIRECTOR AT THE CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, LIEF JOHNSON, VICE PRESIDENT, PRIVATE WEALTH MANAGEMENT AT SUNTRUST, BISK COLLEGE OF BUSINESS DEAN S. ANN BECKER, MIKE RUGGIERO, SUNTRUST VICE PRESIDENT, COMMERCIAL BANKING, AND ABRAM WALTON, FLORIDA TECH ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR.

THE SUNTRUST FOUNDATION RECENTLY PRESENTED THE BISK COLLEGE OF BUSINESS A $10,000 DONATION. PICTURED FROM LEFT, DARRELL SANDALL, FLORIDA TECH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, ROBERT KEIMER, CO-DIRECTOR AT FLORIDA TECH’S CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP, SCOTT BENJAMIN, CO-DIRECTOR AT THE CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, LIEF JOHNSON, VICE PRESIDENT, PRIVATE WEALTH MANAGEMENT AT SUNTRUST, BISK COLLEGE OF BUSINESS DEAN S. ANN BECKER, MIKE RUGGIERO, SUNTRUST VICE PRESIDENT, COMMERCIAL BANKING, AND ABRAM WALTON, FLORIDA TECH ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR.

 

GIFT WILL SUSTAIN INNOVATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

MELBOURNE, FLA. —For the second consecutive year, The SunTrust Foundation has donated $10,000 to Florida Institute of Technology’s Nathan Bisk College of Business.

The gift will be used for the continued support of the university’s Momentum Student Business Incubator and unique and powerful programs such as the Business Model Canvas Competition and the Florida Tech Hackathon, as well as other initiatives dedicated to creating an environment of innovation and entrepreneurship.

“SunTrust is pleased to provide this $10,000 gift to Florida Institute of Technology in support of the Nathan Bisk College of Business Student Business Incubator program,” said Arnold Evans, president of SunTrust Bank’s Central Florida division, speaking on behalf of The SunTrust Foundation. “Business and entrepreneurial education programs such as business incubators provide valuable experience and skills to develop the next generation of leaders, and align with our commitment to improving the financial well-being of individuals and the communities we serve.”

The SunTrust Foundation is dedicated to the company’s purpose of “Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being” by engaging organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial empowerment but also include education, health and human services, civic improvement and cultural growth.

“The SunTrust gift supports our students in being creative, innovative and entrepreneurial during their academic careers at Florida Tech,” said Ann Becker, dean of the Nathan Bisk College of Business. “Community engagement, such as provided by SunTrust, is key to educating our future leaders to manage innovation and change in an evolving global environment.”

The gift comes as the university continues its Create The Future campaign. Launched in January 2013, this is a $100 million initiative with one goal firmly in mind: to secure the financial resources for Florida Institute of Technology to become one of the most respected technological universities in the world.

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OneWeb's constellation will consist of 648 low-Earth orbit satellites plus spares. Credit: Airbus/OneWeb

OneWeb’s constellation will consist of 648 low-Earth orbit satellites plus spares. Credit: Airbus/OneWeb

(CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. April 19, 2016) – OneWeb Ltd, a privately owned startup bankrolled by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and other well-known firms, will build a factory to mass produce small satellites near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, two sources involved in the project told Reuters.

OneWeb plans an initial production run of 900 satellites to provide global, high-speed Internet access as early as 2019. The multibillion-dollar network would be more than 10 times larger than any previous satellite constellation.

Led by founder and chief executive Greg Wyler, a highly regarded satellite pioneer, OneWeb has raised $500 million from Virgin, Airbus, India’s Bharti Enterprises, chipmaker Qualcomm Inc., Hughes Network Systems, Intelsat SA, The Coca-Cola Co., and Mexico’s Totalplay.

An official announcement about the factory is scheduled for Tuesday morning at an industrial park adjacent to NASA’s spaceport, where the plant will be located. A number of localities in Florida and elsewhere had vied for the project.

The OneWeb venture will also mark the first time satellites are mass-produced, a potential game-changer in the rapidly evolving commercial space industry.

Similar projects are under development by Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, which last year landed a $1 billion investment by Google Inc and Fidelity Investments for another space-based Internet constellation.

OneWeb intends to not only manufacture its own spacecraft for high-speed Internet access, but also sell satellites configured for other purposes to other companies and organizations.

Europe’s Airbus Space and Defense Group, a partner in the project, has begun manufacturing an initial batch of 10 satellites for OneWeb at its Toulouse, France, manufacturing facility.

OneWeb will receive about $20 million in state and county financial incentives to locate near the Kennedy Space Center in the same industrial park where Jeff Bezos’ space company, Blue Origin, is building a rocket factory.

Some of OneWeb’s satellites will be flown by Branson’s space company, Virgin Galactic, which is developing a low-cost, small satellite launcher, as well as a suborbital passenger spaceship.

OneWeb also has signed launch contracts with Arianespace for 21 Soyuz rocket flights from the European Space Agency’s spaceport in French New Guinea. Up to 36 OneWeb satellites can fly on a single Soyuz rocket.

(Reporting by Irene Klotz; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Mary Milliken)

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Airbus and OneWeb on Jan. 26 announced they had formed the company OneWeb Satellites, which will build the OneWeb constellation – 648 satellites plus spares, for a total of about 900.

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Harris Corp. Brevard County

Harris Corp. Brevard County

 

Harris Corp (NYSE:HRS) announced Friday April 15th that the government contractor has been awarded $20 million in orders from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) to modernize defense force communications for several Middle East and Northern African countries. Harris will provide Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) vehicular radios, which will deliver real-time mobile command and control of armored assets over secure voice and data communication links. The Harris SINCGARS radio serves as the secure voice communications backbone for ground forces in more than 30 countries. Shares are lower at $77.17 with a 52-week range of $70.10 to $89.78.

The stock is down 0.68% or $0.53 after the news, hitting $77.12 per share. About 453,318 shares traded hands. Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has risen 2.81% since September 9, 2015 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 4.44% the S&P500.

Harris Corporation provides technology-based solutions that solve government and commercial customersÂ’ mission-critical challenges. The company operates in four segments: Communication Systems, Critical Networks, Electronic Systems, and Space and Intelligence Systems. The company designs, develops, and manufactures a line of secure radio communications products and systems for manpack, handheld, vehicular, airborne, strategic fixed-site, and shipboard installations that span the communications architecture from high capacity line of site, backbone radios, small soldier personal radios, and tablet computers; and offers assured communications systems and equipment, including Internet Protocol based voice and data communications systems that provides network-level interoperable communications among public safety agencies by supporting a line of communications systems, as well as single-band land mobile radio terminals, and multiband radios, including a handheld radio and a full-spectrum mobile radio for vehicles.

In addition, the company conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces spaceborne, airborne, and terrestrial communications and information processing systems that solve the mission-critical challenges of civilian, intelligence, and defense government customers. Further, it provides positioning and navigation, sensors, air traffic management solutions, image processing and distribution, communications, and information systems. The company also provides a range of service solutions, including systems integration; network design and development; air traffic management; cyber; intelligence; advanced engineering; and space launch and range-support for military and government customers. Harris Corporation was formerly known as Harris-Intertype Corp and changed its name to Harris Corporation in 1974. The company was founded in 1895 and is headquartered in Melbourne, Florida.

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