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58 SMT007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2023 Early Production Continues on Advanced Upper Stage for NASA Moon Rocket E Technicians at NASA's Michoud Assem- bly Facility in New Orleans have completed a major portion of a weld confidence article for the advanced upper stage of NASA's SLS (Space Launch System) rocket. e hardware was rotated to a horizontal position and moved to another part of the facility Oct. 24. Aalyria to Study Ultra-High-Speed Earth-Aircraft Optical Communication E is collaborative study launched with Air- bus aims to achieve two distinct objectives: to advance air-to-ground and air-to-air free- space optical communications technologies to improve their compatibility with terrestrial fiber networks, and to develop network traffic engineering and orchestration techniques to meet the needs of future air- and spaceborne networks. CACI Awarded NASA Contract for Human Spaceflight Systems, Simulation and Software Technology III E CACI International Inc has been awarded a four-year single-award, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity expertise contract worth up to $150 million to continue its support of spaceflight systems, simulation, and soware for NASA Johnson Space Center ( JSC). e program provides advanced aerospace engi- neering for crewed spacecra systems, devel- opment of simulation and Virtual Reality (VR) applications, and soware in support of human space flight. is award builds on more than three decades of CACI's dedicated support for JSC's mission. BAE Systems to Develop Custom Microelectronics for Next-generation Radar, Electronic Warfare, and Communication Applications E e Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded BAE Systems' FAST Labs research and development organization a $5 million contract for the COALESCE (Common-archi- tecture Amplifier for Low-cost, Efficient, SWaP-Constrained Environments) program. BAE program's objective is to develop the world's highest efficiency high power amplifier module in its frequency band. Terran Orbital Releases Enhanced Versions of Enterprise Bus E Terran Orbital Corporation, a global leader in satellite-based solutions primarily serving the aerospace and defense industries, announced two additional configurations of its largest platform offered in the standard product line the Company initially announced in Septem- ber: Enterprise. e Enterprise-class bus is the point of departure for flat packing require- ments carrying up to 24 satellites per launch. Viasat Deutsche Telekom Commit Long- Term to Deliver Inflight Connectivity E Viasat, Deutsche Telekom Commit Long-term to Deliver Inflight Connectivity via the Euro- pean Aviation Network, announced a new, long-term agreement that cements the compa- nies' commitment to providing in-flight connec- tivity (IFC) solutions to airline partners across the European Aviation Network (EAN). EAN allows travelers in Europe to benefit from broad- band services that support high bandwidth- demanding applications such as streaming.

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