MSU picks research VP
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A veteran Mississippi State faculty member and research scientist
has been chosen as vice president for research and economic development at MSU.
David R. Shaw assumes his new duties Jan. 1, pending approval by the board of trustees,
State Institutions of Higher Learning. He succeeds Kirk Schulz, who left MSU to become
president of Kansas State University. Shaw played a key role in the creation of several
cross-disciplinary research centers that focus on the applications of remote sensing
technology to resource management. Most recently, Shaw spearheaded formation of the
NOAA-funded Northern Gulf Institute, a collaborative effort with Louisiana State and
Florida State universities, University of Southern Mississippi, and the Dauphin Island Sea
Laboratory in Alabama. NGI’s program office is at Stennis Space Center. It focuses its
research efforts on ecosystem management, coastal hazards and mitigation, and climate
assessment and modeling. (Source: Starkville Daily News, 12/02/09)


Northrop holds ribbon-cutting
SLIDELL, La. - Northrop Grumman held a grand opening and ribbon cutting Monday of its
new high-tech geospatial facility in Slidell, La. The new campus combined two existing
Northrop Grumman offices, a temporary Slidell office and an office at Stennis Space
Center, Miss. The new 20,000 square-foot facility will bring 75 high-tech jobs, including 50
new positions to St. Tammany Parish. Northrop Grumman acquired 3001 International in
October 2008, giving Northrop geospatial capabilities that include airborne imaging,
surveying, mapping and geographic information systems for domestic and international
government intelligence, defense and civilian customers. (Source: Globe Newswire,

High-tech conference set
JACKSON, Miss. – The 10th Conference on High Technology will be held Nov. 18-19 at
the Jackson Convention Complex. It’s presented by the Mississippi Technology Alliance,
Mississippi Research Consortium and the Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions.
Among other topics, the Hurricane Hunters from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi and the
Center for Higher Learning Visualization Center will share how they use state-of-the-art
geospatial technologies. (Source: Clarion-Ledger, 11/04/09)


Geospatial continues growth
OXFORD, Miss. – The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions released economic
impact data for Mississippi’s geospatial technology industry cluster for 2009. It shows solid
growth in employment, average annual salary and revenues, including a 14 percent
growth of jobs from last year. In the past year, 847 people were employed by EIGS
member companies, sustaining a pattern of growth of at least 5 percent annually over the
last five years. Total payroll for the cluster is almost $34 million, generating $1.7 million in
state income tax. The average annual salary is now $57,885. Revenues grew by over $20
million from last year to $125.5 million. EIGS is housed at the University of Mississippi.
(Source: EIGS, 10/14/09) Gulf Coast note: Many of the EIGS geospatial companies are in
South Mississippi in and around Stennis Space Center, Miss.

World View-2 successfully launched
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Boeing successfully launched the WorldView-2
satellite for DigitalGlobe aboard a Delta II rocket Thursday. Liftoff was at 11:51 a.m.
Pacific Time, and the Delta II released WorldView-2 about 62 minutes after liftoff into a
sun-synchronous orbit. The satellite is designed to collect and record commercial, high-
resolution Earth imagery. DigitalGlobe now has three satellites in its constellation.
(Source: Boeing, 10/08/09) Gulf Coast note: DigitalGlobe has an office at Stennis Space
Center, Miss.


MsET, Canada group collaborate
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology announced
a partnership with Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology
Industries. MsET, an incubator and technology transfer operation, and NATI, a private
non-profit that advocates for the advanced technology community, will work to develop
initiatives to support the advanced technology sector in Mississippi and Canada. The
partnership will encourage commerce and collaboration between businesses and other
entities in the two regions. The partnership grew out of the recent Southeastern United
States – Canadian Provinces Alliance Annual Conference last month in Newfoundland
and Labrador. (Source: MsET, 08/10/09)

Contract: 3001, $15M
3001, Inc. is being awarded an architect/engineering contract with a maximum amount of
$15,000,000 for geographic information systems, professional surveying and mapping
services in the NAVFAC Atlantic area of responsibility. Work will be performed at various
Navy and Marine Corps facilities and other government facilities mostly in the eastern
United States but also worldwide. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic,
Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/04/09) Gulf Coast note: 3001,
owned by Northrop Grumman, has operations in Slidell, La., and Stennis Space Center,

JULY 2009

Sensor would aid in ASW training
Antisubmarine warfare training may get a new airborne tool to detect marine mammals
that sometimes limit training exercises. Advanced Coherent Technologies LLC of San
Diego, Calif., was awarded a $7.7 million contract for a Phase III Small Business
Innovation Research project called “Living Marine Resources Imaging Sensor.” The
contract provides for the continued development of a flight ready prototype sensor. Sixty
percent of the work will be done in Mobile, Ala., and 40 percent in San Diego, and is
expected to be completed in July 2014. The Phase I solicitation requested development of
a radar system and associated algorithms to detect breaching whales in various sea
states. (Source: DoD, 07/20/09)

JUNE 2009

Technology can see tunnels
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. – Three companies are collaborating on a system designed to
detect underground tunnels and caves. The INSITE VI (IS6) system resulted from a
partnership between AeroTec, NVision Solutions and EnTech Engineering, which are
jointly marketing the system. It uses a helicopter fitted with a sensor able to detect subtle
changes in terrain and ground temperature. Software processes the information to
highlight locations of underground targets such as tunnels. Experts can fly over an area
and see up to 80 feet deep into the earth to find caves, tunnels, pipes, and even leaks in
levees not visible from the ground. (Source: Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial
Solutions, 06/17/09)
Themis to install system in China
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Themis Vision Systems is installing its first system in
China this year – a UV hyperspectral imaging system that will be used by a forensics
institute in China. The system will be used to help with studies in forensic science,
including fingerprint analysis. It’s a small, portable turnkey system with a patented
scanning system developed at Stennis Space Center through the NASA Commercial
Space Products Program. (Source: Themis Vision, 06/15/09)

Lockheed awarded $1.5B for SBIRS
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – The Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.5 billion contract for
the third highly elliptical orbit (HEO-3) payload, the third geosynchronous orbit (GEO-3)
satellite and associated ground modifications for the Space-Based Infrared System
(SBIRS) constellation. A contract to include a fourth HEO payload and possible fourth
GEO satellite is expected to be awarded later this year. The SBIRS program is designed
to provide early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions
including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness. (Source:
PRNewswire, 06/02/09) Gulf Coast note: SBIRS work locations include the SBIRS Wing at
Los Angeles Air Force Base, Sunnyvale, and Azusa, Calif.; Boulder, Denver, and
Colorado Springs, Colo.; Gaithersburg, Md.; Valley Forge, Pa.; and Lockheed Martin
Space & Technology Center at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

APRIL 2009

Feature: Optech International
KILN, Miss. – The $1.2 million expansion of the technology center at Stennis International
Airport in South Mississippi will allow tenant Optech International to begin producing later
this year a new generation of highly advanced lidar systems. It will also give more space
to the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise, which does coastal
mapping and charting. (Source: Alliance Insight, April 2009)

MAST picks new board members
The Mississippi Association for Spatial Technologies announced its incoming board of
directors. The board manages the affairs and business of the non-profit, which promotes,
educates, and provides assistance in professional development for the use of spatial
technology in Mississippi. Incoming board members are Roger Colwell, David Hansen,
David Holt, Heath Prejean, Scott Samson and Lisa Stone. (Source: EIGS, 04/13/09)

MARCH 2009

Six companies join geospatial cluster
OXFORD, Miss. - The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions announced the
addition of six companies to Mississippi’s geospatial technology industry cluster. They are
Innovative Imaging and Research, Skylla Engineering and Themis Vision System, all of
Stennis Space Center, as well as Crowsey Inc. of Hattiesburg, Navagis of Jackson and
Spatial Information Solutions Inc. of Starkville. Since 1998 Mississippi has nurtured the
growth of a cluster of high tech companies in the geospatial technology industry. EIGS,
based in Oxford, Miss., at the University of Mississippi, is the program that coordinates the
activities of this cluster. (Source: EIGS, 03/12/09)


NVision continues growth
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. - NVision Solutions, a geospatial company, announce a milestone
of surpassing 50 employees. The company, founded in 2002, in 2007 opened a new
office at Stennis Technology Park in Hancock County, just outside Stennis Space Center.
In the last year NVision has nearly doubled in size, adding five contracts supporting more
than two-dozen employees. (Source: NVision Solutions, 01/26/09)

Company opens Stennis office
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – A start-up that uses hyperspectral imaging has
opened a facility at the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology incubator at Stennis Space
Center’s Center of Excellence in Geospatial Technologies. Themis Vision Systems, which
also has offices in Virginia, California and Washington State, is conducting research and
development and manufacturing at the MsET site. The technology can be used to find
harmful organisms in food or provide answers in forensic applications. (Source: MsET,

State funds geospatial software program
JACKSON, Miss. - The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions and the Geospatial
Council of the Institutions of Higher Learning announce that the state of Mississippi has
funded the geospatial statewide software site license program for the 2008-09 academic
year. The program provides remote sensing and Geospatial Information System software
learning packages for use at all Institutions of Higher Learning and Community and Junior
Colleges at no cost to the individual institutions. (Source: EIGS, 01/13/09)

3001 consolidating offices in Slidell
SLIDELL, La. – A ground breaking ceremony will be held Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. for the new
Slidell office building of 3001 International Inc., a Northrop Grumman company. The 3001
International Slidell office is part of the Eastern Louisiana Consolidation Project. The new
facility will combine two existing 3001 International offices, the current Slidell office and the
office at the Stennis Space Center, Miss. The 20,000 square foot building will bring 85
high-tech jobs, including 50 new positions, to St. Tammany Parish. The groundbreaking is
at 2050 Gause Boulevard. (Source: The American Surveyor, 12/31/08)