DSEI 2021: BAE Systems announces acquisition of In-Space Missions
15 September 2021
by Charles Forrester
BAE Systems announced on 14 September that it was acquiring UK-based space systems company In-Space Missions.
In-Space Missions develops a range of low Earth orbit satellites for commercial and defence purposes, with the company's Faraday Service allowing service and technology demonstration to take place on cube satellite and microsatellite platforms. The service allows for hosting multiple services and processes on a single platform, with customers contracting usage of the platform resources that can include high-resolution imagery and low-latency communications.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, with company officials telling
BlackSky, which is fielding a small-satellite constellation to monitor rapid changes on Earth for defence and intelligence agencies and commercial customers, has become a publicly held company, raising USD283 million to fuel its growth, the US-based firm announced on 10 September.
BlackSky altered its ownership status by merging with special purpose acquisition company Osprey Technology Acquisition Corp, which already had a listing on the New York Stock Exchange. The combined company has been renamed BlackSky Technology, and its ticker symbol is ‘BKSY'.
AFA 2021: US TRANSCOM awards Rolls-Royce contract for air refuelling management software prototype
20 September 2021
by Pat Host
The US Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) has awarded Rolls-Royce a USD800,000 contract to demonstrate and continue developing air refuelling asset management software, according to a company statement.
The Rolls-Royce Air Refueling Optimization and Planning System (AROPS) is intended to increase air tanker availability and eliminate inefficiencies caused by disconnected systems and process challenges within a highly complex air refuelling enterprise. Nadine Melind, services executive for Rolls-Royce Digital Services, told
DSEI 2021: Saudi Arabia continuing to build on engagement opportunities for foreign suppliers
17 September 2021
by Charles Forrester
Saudi Arabia is continuing to promote inward investment and contracting opportunities in its defence industry, His Excellency Ahmad Abdulaziz Al-Ohali, Governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI), told
during the DSEI 2021 trade show in London.
“We have identified that we have up to 74 supply chain opportunities that branch into hundreds of billions of dollars of opportunities worldwide,” Al-Ohali said. “This represents a green-field environment for people who want to invest and who want to join our journey.”
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