NOVEMBER 2008

Two Stennis spinoffs highlighted
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Two technologies developed at Stennis Space Center
made the list of NASA’s top 50 spinoff technologies. The technologies appear in the book
“Spinoff: 50 Years of NASA-derived Technologies,” designed to celebrate the impact of
the space program on everyday life. One Stennis technology is software used to study
flow components. NASA uses the software to design spacecraft shapes, propulsion
devices and more, and the commercial sector uses it for aircraft, auto and boating
aerodynamics. The other technology is the Earth Resources Laboratory Applications
software developed in 1978. Since then it’s been used for processing satellite and
airborne sensor imagery, and was recognized as an “all-star” by the Space Technology
Hall of Fame. (Source: NASA, 11/18/08)

Stennis seeks IT services
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA/SSC is soliciting information about potential
sources to perform information and technical services at the John C. Stennis Space
Center. The new contracts are seen as a follow-on to the existing contract. Specific
requirements are projected in management and administration; technology operations;
information technology operations and support services; earth science applications
services; IT, science, engineering, technology training, and education. (Source: NASA,
11/05/08)

DigitalGlobe to provide imagery to deCarta
Colorado-based DigitalGlobe signed an agreement with deCarta to provide that company’
s geospatial platform customers with access to DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution satellite and
aerial imagery. Under the agreement, deCarta customers will have access to DigitalGlobe’
s ImageBuilder imagery service, which provides an online library of regularly updated
imagery. DigitalGlobe has an office at Stennis Space Center, Miss. (Source: PRNewswire,
11/06/08)


OCTOBER 2008

Northrop to highlight 3001 buy at symposium
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s GEOINT 2008
Symposium is being held Oct. 27-30 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention
Center. Among the companies attending will be Northrop Grumman, which plans to
highlight its recent acquisition of 3001 International, Inc., a provider of geospatial data
production and analysis. (Source: Globe Newswire, 10/24/08)

Mississippi forges ties to Japan NASA
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. – A delegation representing Mississippi’s space industry recently
traveled to Tokyo to meet with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency following the
delegation’s participation in the 2008 Japan International Aerospace Exhibition in
Yokohama. Craig Harvey, COO of NVision Solutions, Inc.; John Henry Jackson of the
Mississippi Development Authority International Trade Office; and Mark Lanoue, CEO of
Emerging Technologies LLC, discussed Mississippi’s role in global space technology
markets with JAXA officials. (Source: NVision, 10/20/08)

Mini robots focus of meeting
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Navigation systems for miniature autonomous systems will
be the topic of a workshop Monday through Wednesday. “Challenges for Miniature
Autonomous Systems” is sponsored by Eglin Air Force Base’s Air Force Research
Lab/Munitions Directorate. Trends show future autonomous systems will be less than 20
pounds, air-launched from small UAVs and used in greater numbers than current
systems. Technical challenges include navigation, sensors and payloads. The workshop
is at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort and is intended for the DoD technical and user
community, academia and industry. (Source: GPS World)

Geospatial segment continues growth
OXFORD, Miss. - An economic impact report for Mississippi’s geospatial technology
cluster shows the sector grew between 2007 and 2008 despite the economic downturn.
The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions said that during the past year, 742
people were employed by EIGS member companies, a growth of 8 percent over the
previous year. Total payroll for the cluster is almost $34 million. Revenues for the cluster
grew by $25 million to $102.4 million. The average annual salary now stands at $56,200.
EIGS is a cluster of private companies, university research programs, state agencies, and
complementary partner programs working together to research, develop, and market new
geospatial technology products from Mississippi. (Source: EIGS, 10/06/08)

Northrop’s 3001 purchase nears
Northrop Grumman expects to close this quarter on a deal to purchase geospatial
company 3001 International, which will become part of Northrop’s information technology
sector. Northrop Grumman said in early September that the two companies signed a
definitive agreement on the acquisition. 3001 has operations in South Louisiana and
Stennis Space Center. Northrop has operations across the Gulf Coast. (Source: Tcp,
100108)


AUGUST 2008

3001 awarded contract
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Geospatial company 3001 recently received an award
for surveying and mapping services from the Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District. It
has a maximum value of $7.5 million over three years. 3001, with 62 workers at Stennis
Space Center and Stennis International Airport, has a long history of providing geospatial
services to Army Corps districts. (Source: The Stennis News, August 2008)

Mini robots topic of meeting
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Navigation systems for miniature autonomous systems will
be the topic of a workshop Oct. 20-22 in Fort Walton Beach. “Challenges for Miniature
Autonomous Systems” is sponsored by Eglin Air Force Base’s Air Force Research
Lab/Munitions Directorate. Trends show that future autonomous systems will be less than
20 pounds, air-launched from small UAVs and used in greater numbers than current
systems. But ongoing technical challenges include navigation, sensors and payloads.
(Source: Inside GNSS, 08/17/08)

MsET getting new president, CEO
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology will be
getting a new president and chief executive officer next month when Charles Beasley
replaces the retiring E. Greg Hinkebein. Beasley, who has worked at MsET for 10 years, is
currently a vice president and lives in Gulfport. Hinkebein, a long-time advocate of
science and technology based economic development, lives in Madison near Jackson.
The change occurs Sept. 1. (Source: MsET, 08/15/08)


JULY 2008

GB Tech, Skylla win contract
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – GB Tech and Skylla Engineering have been awarded
a contract at NASA’s Stennis Space Center to support the U.S. Geological Survey’s
Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility. This contract is for testing, electronic repair,
information management, logistics, and customer service. Additionally, GB Tech will
perform calibration testing and provide technical support to field users as needed. The
team began providing support July 1, adding 19 employees. (Source: GB tech, 07/31/08)

Aerotec provides 3D LIDAR models for rock video
PICAYUNE, Miss. – Aerotec LLC recently provided airborne color 3D LIDAR models of
large outdoor scenes to ZOO Films for the production of an innovative music video
featuring the British rock group Radiohead. The “House of Cards” video is the first live
action music video shot without cameras or lights, but instead only using lasers and
scanners. Both airborne and ground-based LIDAR were used to make the video.
(Source: Aerotec, 07/22/08)


APRIL 2008

Houston company re-establishes full-time Stennis office
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Houston-based GB Tech has re-established a full-time
presence at Stennis Space Center’s Mississippi Enterprise for Technology. GB Tech was
recently awarded six telecommunications/network contracts that assisted a non-profit
organization in the disaster recovery industry. Tim Brogdon, executive vice president of
GB Tech, said the company wants to be a part of the “invigorating atmosphere of South
Mississippi.” GB Tech first established a presence at Stennis in 1994, but in more recent
years the office was not staffed full time. The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology, which
serves as both a technology transfer office and business incubator, is a private, non-profit
corporation whose mission is to create high-skill, high-wage jobs in Mississippi. (Source:
Mississippi Enterprise for Technology, 04/17/08)


MARCH 2008

Regional robotics competition to be held in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Students from 46 high schools in Mississippi and Louisiana will
compete in the Bayou Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in New Orleans March 27-29.
FIRST is an abbreviation that means For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology. It’s a varsity competition where teams and their mentors have six weeks to
solve an engineering problem using a standard “kit of part.” Teams then pit their robot
against those of other schools. Competitions, supported by NASA, will be held Friday and
Saturday between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Participants will include 15 teams from Louisiana and 12 teams from Mississippi. Regional
winners will be among 340 teams to compete in the championship April 17-19 at the
Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Source: NASA, 03/24/08)

Northrop Grumman gets sensor award
WASHINGTON — Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems has received a $73.6 million Air
Force contract to procure radar system materials, according to the Defense Department.
The company will procure parts to begin production of three sensors for new radar
systems to be installed in Air Force Global Hawk unmanned aircraft. The sensors can
detect and track moving vehicles. (Source: The Associated Press, 03/11/08)


FEBRUARY 2008

Advanced sensors to be put on platforms
Shell Oil Co. and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are placing
sensors on seven Gulf of Mexico oil platforms to gather data that could help improve
hurricane predictions. The $1 million project will allow NOAA to more closely track a range
of oceanographic and meteorological data, such as the temperature of the sea surface,
wave action and the speed and direction of currents. Platforms in the Gulf have for
several years been required to collect information about currents and share it with NOAA,
but the new partnership will use more advanced technology. (Source: New Orleans
Times-Picayune, 02/14/08)


JANUARY 2008

Gulfport-Biloxi among the fastest growing metro areas
The three-county Gulfport-Biloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 9th fastest growing
small metro areas, according to the latest list in Forbes. The metro area’s gross
metropolitan product – the value of goods and services produced – is expected to grow
23.12 percent between 2007 and 2012. Its population alone will increase by nearly 17
percent. Forbes looked at the nation’s 363 metro areas and split the list between large
and small metro areas. Forbes used projections by Moody’s Economy.com. Topping the
list of small metro areas was Mobile. The GMP for Mobile will rise 34 percent between
2007 and 2012. The top large metro area was Austin, Texas. (Source: Tcp, 01/30/08)

Mississippi tax system gets high marks
A new report lists Mississippi with high marks for having a mechanism in place to review its
tax systems in light of the changing economy. A study by the Pew Center on the States
says effective tax systems are important for a state’s competitiveness. Good ones provide
stable revenue, efficient tax collection, transparent information about incentives and give
localities a say in how tax dollars are used. The study says many state tax systems fail on
these measures and lack the ability to support new economic engines. In addition to
Mississippi, other states with effective systems are Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska,
New Jersey, Texas and Utah. (Source: Governing, 01/08)

Mississippi No. 2 in R&D earmarks
The top 10 state recipients of R&D earmarks receive nearly half the total, according to an
analysis by American Association for the Advancement of Science. Mississippi received
$250 million, second only to California. Excluding earmarks divided among three or more
states, the 10 states receive 44 percent of all R&D earmarks in 2008 by value. The 10
represents a mix of the most populous states and smaller states with members of
Congress in key appropriations committee chairmanships. Congress inserted nearly $4.5
billion in federal R&D earmarks, spread over 2,526 projects, in spending bills for fiscal
year 2008, according to AAAS. The earmarks are for projects not included in agency
budget requests. After a one-year moratorium in the 2007 fiscal year for most domestic
earmarks, Congress resumed the practice for the 2008 fiscal year with new disclosure
requirements. (Source: AAAS, 01/07/08)