DECEMBER 2007

Geospatial cluster continues growth
OXFORD, Miss. – Employment in the geospatial cluster in Mississippi has grown 20
percent over the past two years, according to the University of Mississippi’s Enterprise for
Innovative Geospatial Solutions. The cluster includes 30 private companies as well as
university research programs, state agencies, and other partners. Cluster companies
currently employing 687 people statewide with an average annual salary of $57,800. In
2007, cluster member companies invested more than $52 million in Mississippi business
operations and generated $77.1 million in revenues. (
Source: EIGS, release, 12/19/07)

BAMS project discussed
MOSS POINT, Miss. – Should Northrop Grumman win a multibillion-dollar Navy contract to
build unmanned surveillance planes, it would increase the workforce at its plant in
Jackson County. Northrop Grumman is competing against Boeing and Lockheed-Martin to
provide UAVs for the Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program. Northop
Grumman is proposing the Global Hawk. If it wins, fuselage work will be done at its facility
in Moss Point. The Northrop facility is located at Trent Lott International Airport. Plans
right now call for an access road and eventually extension of the runway from 5,700 feet
to 8,000 feet. (
Source: The Sun Herald, 12/07/07)


NOVEMBER 2007

Sensors used to find the dead
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A sensor-equipped blimp was used over historic St. Michael’s
Cemetery this week to find unmarked graves. Researchers from the University of West
Florida and the University of Mississippi used the 30-foot-long blimp to identify graves
from an English cemetery in use in 1778 that overlaps the modern boundaries of St.
Michael’s. The project used a thermal infrared camera and a digital camera attached to
the blimp to collect images that could help identify unmarked graves. (
Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 11/28/07)


OCTOBER 2007

Digital Quest develops new course books
RIDGELAND, Miss. – Digital Quest announced the development of a new series of course
books that examine 16 industry/career clusters to demonstrate how GIS technology
impacts and improves those industries. A Geospatial Industry Series will examine the
relationship between the particular industry and GIS.  In addition, guided lessons and
scenarios will give students hands-on experience with a variety of applications of GIS
using ESRI’s ArcGIS Software. (
Source: Digital Quest, 10/25/07)

NVision, CSC in mentor-protégé agreement
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. – NVision Solutions announced a mentor-protege agreement with
Computer Sciences Corporation under the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Mentor-Protégé program. NGA created the program to encourage large firms to assist
small, HUBZone, and small disadvantaged businesses to increase the overall number of
small firms participating in NGA contracts. NVision Solutions provides geospatial
technology products and services and is based in Bay St. Louis. CSC is a California-
based information technology and business services company with offices at Stennis
Space Center. (
Source: NVision Solutions, 10/18/07)


AUGUST 2007

ITAC acquired by Rockwell Collins
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Rockwell Collins Inc. has acquired Information Technology and
Applications Corp., a privately-held engineering and products company based in Reston,
Va. Rockwell Collins will acquire all outstanding shares of ITAC in a cash transaction worth
some $38 million. Founded in 1986, ITAC’s focus is the development of cutting-edge
capabilities for warfighters that facilitate access to and use of near real-time geospatial
intelligence. ITAC has an office at Stennis Space Center. Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in
the development and deployment of communication and aviation electronics solutions for
both commercial and government applications. (
Source: Rockwell Collins, 08/13/07)


JULY 2007

Changing output of U.S. scientific articles: 1988-2003
In the early 1990s, the absolute number of science and engineering articles published by
U.S.-based authors in the world’s major peer-reviewed journals plateaued – a change
from a rise in the number of publications over preceding decades. The trend occurred
across different categories of institutions, different institutional sectors, and different fields
of research. In other developed countries – a group of 15 members of the European
Union and Japan – the absolute number of articles continued to grow throughout most of
the 1992–2003 period. During the mid- to late 1990s, the number of articles published by
EU scientists surpassed those published by their U.S. counterparts, and the difference
between Japanese and U.S. article output narrowed. (
Source: National Science
Foundation, 07/18/07)


JUNE 2007

NVision, two French companies sign pact
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NVision Solutions Inc. announced a partnership to
cross-market geospatial technology in the U.S. and Europe with French geospatial
companies Magellium and Pole Star. Pole Star and Magellium are founding members of
the CECILE Group, a cluster of French small and medium enterprises for space-based
applications development in satellite positioning, navigation and timing and in environment
applications clustered in the Greater Toulouse area of the Midi-Pyrénées region in
Southwest France. The agreement was signed at the European Navigation Conference,
GNSS – TimeNav '07 conference in Geneva Switzerland. (
Source: NVision Solutions,
06/15/07)


MAY 2007

General Dynamics awarded $12 million contract for Stennis work
FAIRFAX, Va. – General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded a contract
by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support its National Coastal
Data Development Center. The total potential value of this contract if all options are
exercised is $11.7 million over five years. General Dynamics will provide geospatial
technology services relating to ecosystem information for the NCDDC on-site at the John
C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. General Dynamics will support five functional
areas including ecosystem project management, geospatial data and information
management, metadata management, constituent services, and program management
support and strategic planning. (
Source: PR Newswire, 05/07/07)

DoD turns to venture capitalists
The Defense Department is using some of the nation’s top technology investors to help it
find innovations from tiny start-up companies. DeVenCI (Defense Venture Catalyst
Initiative) brings together two groups that have much to gain from each other and that
have had trouble finding efficient ways to work together. “We’re a search engine,” said
Bob Pohanka, director of DeVenCI, noting that the program is a chance for military
procurement officials to have more intimate contact with investors who make a living
scouring laboratories and universities for the latest innovations. The program provides a
regular exchange of ideas and periodic meetings between a select group of venture
capitalists and dozens of strategists and buyers from the major military and intelligence
branches. Government officials talk about their needs, and the investors suggest
solutions culled from technology start-ups across the country. The project is in its early
stages. There have been three meetings since October. (
Source: New York Times,
05/07/07)


APRIL 2007

Stennis technology gets first tenant
Stennis Technology Park will welcome its first tenant at the beginning of May. The first
building in the technology park on Mississippi 603 near Stennis Space Center is about 95
percent complete, said project spokesman Robbie Maxwell. The top floor of the three-
story, 30,000-square-foot building has been leased to NVision Solutions, a company now
located within the space center that works on geospatial technology integration. Maxwell
said he expects another 30,000-square-foot building and a 10,000-square-foot building to
be built soon. The park is designed to attract technology companies and other
businesses with links to Stennis Space Center. Developers also want to build single-family
residences on a couple hundred acres and eventually two hotels and two restaurants.
The 750-acre property is bound on the west by Stennis International Airport, on the east
by Mississippi 603, on the north by Stennis Airport Drive and on the south by Interstate
10. Rodney Pilot of Mobile and Miles Jones of Fairhope, Ala., are the developers.
(
Source: The Sun Herald, 04/10/07)