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US Military Signs Modernization Deal With Microsoft

January 4th, 2013 01:20 admin View Comments

Microsoft

Dupple writes with news that Microsoft has signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and the Defense Information Systems Agency to modernize the software those organizations use. According to Microsoft, the deal will cover 75% of all Department of Defense personnel, and bring to them the latest versions of SharePoint, Office, and Windows. The deal awards Microsoft $617 million, which is after discounts to the software totaling in the tens of millions. Interestingly, DISA’s senior procurement executive said, “[The agreement] recognizes the shift to mobility. Microsoft is committed to making sure that the technology within the agreement has a mobile-first focus, and we expect to begin to take advantage of Microsoft’s mobile offerings as part of our enterprise mobility ecosystem.”

Source: US Military Signs Modernization Deal With Microsoft

Air Force Sends Mystery Mini-Shuttle Back To Space

December 11th, 2012 12:32 admin View Comments

Space

dsinc sends this quote from an AP report about the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B spaceplane: “The Air Force launched the unmanned spacecraft Tuesday hidden on top of an Atlas V rocket. It’s the second flight for this original X-37B spaceplane. It circled the planet for seven months in 2010. A second X-37B spacecraft spent more than a year in orbit. These high-tech mystery machines — 29 feet long — are about one-quarter the size of NASA’s old space shuttles and can land automatically on a runway. The two previous touchdowns occurred in Southern California; this one might end on NASA’s three-mile-long runway once reserved for the space agency’s shuttles. The military isn’t saying much, if anything, about this new secret mission. In fact, launch commentary ended 17 minutes into the flight. But one scientific observer, Harvard University’s Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, speculates the spaceplane is carrying sensors designed for spying and likely is serving as a testbed for future satellites.”

Source: Air Force Sends Mystery Mini-Shuttle Back To Space

US Air Force Scraps ERP Project After $1 Billion Spent

November 14th, 2012 11:27 admin View Comments

Software

angry tapir writes “The U.S. Air Force has decided to scrap a major ERP (enterprise resource planning) software project after spending $1 billion, concluding that finishing it would cost far too much more money for too little gain. Dubbed the Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS), the project has racked up $1.03 billion in costs since 2005, ‘and has not yielded any significant military capability,’ an Air Force spokesman said in a statement. ‘We estimate it would require an additional $1.1B for about a quarter of the original scope to continue and fielding would not be until 2020. The Air Force has concluded the ECSS program is no longer a viable option for meeting the FY17 Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) statutory requirement. Therefore, we are canceling the program and moving forward with other options in order to meet both requirements.’”

Source: US Air Force Scraps ERP Project After $1 Billion Spent

US Air Force Scraps ERP Project After $1 Billion Spent

November 14th, 2012 11:27 admin View Comments

Software

angry tapir writes “The U.S. Air Force has decided to scrap a major ERP (enterprise resource planning) software project after spending $1 billion, concluding that finishing it would cost far too much more money for too little gain. Dubbed the Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS), the project has racked up $1.03 billion in costs since 2005, ‘and has not yielded any significant military capability,’ an Air Force spokesman said in a statement. ‘We estimate it would require an additional $1.1B for about a quarter of the original scope to continue and fielding would not be until 2020. The Air Force has concluded the ECSS program is no longer a viable option for meeting the FY17 Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) statutory requirement. Therefore, we are canceling the program and moving forward with other options in order to meet both requirements.’”

Source: US Air Force Scraps ERP Project After $1 Billion Spent

China’s Stealth Fighter Flight Test Successful

November 3rd, 2012 11:25 admin View Comments

China

New submitter vencs writes China has successfully tested its second stealth fighter, a smaller, twin-engine je that military analysts said could potentially allow it to one day fly missions from an aircraft carrier. Military analysts said the new jet’s design suggested the People’s Liberation Army might use it to arm and escort aircraft carriers like the Liaoning, which was officially deployed last month. Andrei Chang, editor-in-chief of Kanwa Asian Defense Monthly, said the new prototype appears to have borrowed features from the U.S. Air Force’s twin-engine F-22 and U.S. Navy’s single-engine F-35C.”

Source: China’s Stealth Fighter Flight Test Successful

Boeing’s CHAMP Missile Uses Radio Waves To Remotely Disable PCs

October 24th, 2012 10:11 admin View Comments

The Military

Dupple writes “During last week’s test, a CHAMP (Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project) missile successfully disabled its target by firing high power microwaves into a building filled with computers and other electronics. ‘On Oct. 16th at 10:32 a.m. MST a Boeing Phantom Works team along with members from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate team, and Raytheon Ktech, suppliers of the High Power Microwave source, huddled in a conference room at Hill Air Force Base and watched the history making test unfold on a television monitor. CHAMP approached its first target and fired a burst of High Power Microwaves at a two story building built on the test range. Inside rows of personal computers and electrical systems were turned on to gauge the effects of the powerful radio waves. Seconds later the PC monitors went dark and cheers erupted in the conference room. CHAMP had successfully knocked out the computer and electrical systems in the target building. Even the television cameras set up to record the test were knocked off line without collateral damage.’”

Source: Boeing’s CHAMP Missile Uses Radio Waves To Remotely Disable PCs

Russia Wants a Hypersonic Bomber

August 29th, 2012 08:52 admin View Comments

The Military

derekmead writes “Hot on the heels of the U.S. Air Force’s most recent failed test of an unmanned hypersonic vehicle, Russia now says it wants to jump into the hypersonic game with a long-range bomber. Will Russia’s newest Bear fly at 4,500 miles an hour? The Russian military sure hopes so. ‘I think we need to go down the route of hypersonic technology and we are moving in that direction and are not falling behind the Americans,’ Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Russian television. ‘The question is will we copy the Americans’ 40-year experience and create a [Northrop] B-2 analog or will we go down a new, ultramodern technology route, looking to the horizon, and create a machine able to penetrate air defenses and carry out a strike on any aggressor.’ The Russians want their plane operational by 2020, which doesn’t seem particularly realistic — we are talking about five times the speed of sound here, and Russia is just starting engine development. The U.S., meanwhile, has been investing in its Waverider program since 2004, and the last test of the X-51A scramjet-powered missile failed after just 15 seconds.”

Source: Russia Wants a Hypersonic Bomber

Read/Write Daily: How to Watch the Transit of Venus Across the Sun

June 5th, 2012 06:02 admin View Comments

Today’s theme is staring at the sun. Every 120 years, in a pair of events eight years apart, Venus transits across the sun from Earth’s perspective. With the right equipment, you can watch the black dot cruise across the sun disk.

Today’s seven-hour window is almost certainly your last chance.

Gizmodo has the start times of the Venus transit around the world, as well as important safety information for watching.

Here’s an absolutely epic story from NASA about the 1768 voyage of the HMB Endeavour, under the command of Lt. James Cook, to chart the transit of Venus from the faraway land of Tahiti in order to measure the size of the solar system.

It’s tricky to observe our solar system. Check out all the problems Scott Carpenter faced on his 1962 voyage aboard Aurora 7.

But our unmanned missions have made things easier. Cassini just got great photos of a new, tiny moon orbiting Saturn.

We’re still pretty baffled by our stellar neighborhood, though. Scientists have measured a massive radiation burst that hit Earth between 774 and 775 AD, but they can’t figure out what caused it.

Maybe it’s that regular people don’t know the whole story. The U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane is about to come down from its orbital mission six months later than scheduled, and we don’t know what it was doing up there.

Past entries from Read/Write Daily

Source: Read/Write Daily: How to Watch the Transit of Venus Across the Sun

After a Year In Orbit, US Air Force’s X37-B Will Conclude Its Secret Mission

June 5th, 2012 06:10 admin View Comments

Space

SomePgmr writes “The U.S Air Force’s highly secret unmanned space plane will land in June — ending a year-long mission in orbit. The experimental Boeing X37-B has been circling Earth at 17,000 miles per hour and was due to land in California in December. It is now expected to land in mid to late June. And still, no one knows what the space drone has been doing up there all this time.”

Source: After a Year In Orbit, US Air Force’s X37-B Will Conclude Its Secret Mission

Intelsat Signs Launch Contract With SpaceX

May 30th, 2012 05:45 admin View Comments

NASA

New submitter jamstar7 writes “Following the success of the Falcon9/Dragon resupply test to the ISS comes the following announcement: ‘Intelsat, the world’s leading provider of satellite services, and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), the world’s fastest growing space launch company, announced the first commercial contract for the Falcon Heavy rocket. “SpaceX is very proud to have the confidence of Intelsat, a leader in the satellite communication services industry,” said Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer. “The Falcon Heavy has more than twice the power of the next largest rocket in the world. With this new vehicle, SpaceX launch systems now cover the entire spectrum of the launch needs for commercial, civil and national security customers.”‘ As of yet, the Falcon Heavy hasn’t flown, but all the parts have been tested. Essentially an upgunned Falcon 9 with additional boosters, the Heavy has lift capability second only to the Saturn 5. On top of the four Falcon Heavy launches planned for the U.S. Air Force this year, the Intelsat contract represents the true dawn of the commercial space age.”

Source: Intelsat Signs Launch Contract With SpaceX