DECEMBER 2010

January sci-tech newsletter available
The latest issue of Alliance Insight, a quarterly newsletter highlighting science and
technology in South Mississippi, is now available. The January issue takes a look at what’s in
store for South Mississippi in 2011. Also included: feature stories about NASA’s Stennis
Space Center, the Infinity Science Center, South Mississippi’s airports and the Tradition
planned community. The newsletter is produced by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Alliance for
Economic Development. (Source: Alliance Insight, January 2011)

Contract: All Native, $22.7M
All Native Service Co., Bellevue, Neb., is being awarded a $22,741,962 contract for
technology advancement support services to the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors
Directorate at Fort Belvoir, Va. This effort provides the Army and Department of Defense
with technology solutions for night vision and electronic sensors and sensor suites for target
acquisition, engagement and defeat of enemy forces day or night, and under all battlefield
and weather conditions. Eleven percent of the work will be done at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 12/16/10)


NOVEMBER 2010

Sensor newsletter available
Sensor, a newsletter focusing on Mississippi’s geospatial industry, is now available for
viewing. This is the first one produced by the Stennis Space Center-based Magnolia
Business Alliance, a non-profit. Sensor had been produced by the Enterprise for Geospatial
Solutions when it was run by the University of Mississippi. But in early August management
and support of EIGS was transferred from the university to the private sector. EIGS is now a
program of the Magnolia Business Alliance. (Source: Tcp, 11/22/10)

Science center topping out date set
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – A "topping out" ceremony has been scheduled for Nov.
17 for the Infinity Science Center being built near NASA's Stennis Space Center. The
ceremony marks a milestone in construction of the multimillion-dollar education center, set to
open in 2012. In addition to the placing of a tree at the highest part of the structure, there
will be remarks by key officials. Infinity, located near the Mississippi-Louisiana state line and
the Mississippi Welcome Center along Interstate 10, is designed to interest young people in
science, technology, engineering and math, and to increase the public’s understanding of
the earth, space and ocean science work done at Stennis Space Center. (Source: Tcp,
11/01/10)

Geospatial experts gather in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS – The GeoInt 2010 Symposium, the largest geospatial intelligence event in
the United States, is being held this week at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The
symposium, which annually attracts more than 3,000 attendees and over 200 exhibitors,
ends Nov. 4. There are keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, breakout sessions
and networking opportunities at the symposium. Organizers say it’s the premier event of the
year for the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities. (Source: Tcp, United
States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, 11/01/10)


OCTOBER 2010

Infinity science center taking shape
HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. – The Infinity Science Center, an interactive facility begin built
near Stennis Space Center along Interstate 10, is beginning to take shape. Work began
May 3 near the Welcome Center in South Mississippi not far from the state line with
Louisiana. The building is scheduled to be finished in August. About 90 percent of the
steelwork is up and 80 percent of the concrete is done. A "topping off" will be celebrated in
the next few weeks. Backers are still raising some $2 million for the $12 million interactive
exhibits. Infinity will highlight ocean, space and earth science through fun exhibits at the
center. It's expected to open in the spring of 2012. (Source: Sun Herald, 10/10/10)


SEPTEMBER 2010

NASA picks NRL imager
WASHINGTON - NASA has chosen the Naval Research Laboratory’s Wide-field Imager to be
part of the Solar Probe Plus mission slated for launch no later than 2018. The Solar Probe
Plus, a small car-sized spacecraft will plunge directly into the sun's atmosphere about four
million miles from our star's surface. It will explore a region no other spacecraft ever has
encountered in an effort to unlock the sun's biggest mysteries. (Source: NRL, 09/29/10)
Note: Stennis Space Center is home to a detachment of the Naval Research Lab.

Geospatial program selected for funding
A program in South Mississippi centered around Stennis Space Center will receive $600,000
in funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration from its pilot "Innovative Economies"
program. The announcement was made today by SBA Administrator Karen Mills. The
Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions, which has transitioned to the South
Mississippi-based non-profit Magnolia Business Alliance, focuses on the growth of the
Mississippi and Louisiana geospatial cluster. It won a one-year contract with an option for
another year to help create jobs. The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology is an MBA team
member. There were 10 awards announced. (Source: Tcp, 09/20/10) SBA press release

Cluster goes from public to private sector
The Enterprise for Geospatial Solutions has shifted from the University of Mississippi
oversight to the private sector in an organization called Magnolia Business Alliance. The
university and member companies decided the organization matured to the point that the
private sector is best suited to take over. The state of Mississippi, first through the
Mississippi Space Commerce Initiative and then through EIGS, has spent the last decade
nurturing a high-tech business cluster in the geospatial industry. During the past year, 847
people were employed by EIGS member companies with an average salary double the per
capita income for the state. Revenues for the cluster topped $125 million. The Web site is
www.magnolia-ba.biz. (Source: Magnolia Business Alliance, 09/02/10)


AUGUST 2010

Geoscientists gets NSF grant
The National Science Foundation is awarding a Mississippi State University assistant
professor almost $200,000 in rapid response funding to study the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
impact on Louisiana salt marshes. Deepak Mishra's project is assessing overall salt marsh
health and productivity by comparing pre- and post-spill satellite images. Mishra, a member
of MSU’s geosciences department, says the maps and tools developed during the one-year
study will aid coastal managers in Louisiana as they evaluate and prioritize the large-scale
marsh restoration efforts. (Source: MSU, 08/31/10)

DEVELOP students focus on spill
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - DEVELOP students at NASA's John C. Stennis Space
Center put their knowledge of remote sensing and access to NASA technology to use this
summer to study the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. DEVELOP is a NASA
Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences training and development program where
students, mentored by science advisors from NASA and partner agencies, work on Earth
science projects. The Stennis students partnered with DEVELOP students at NASA’s
Langley Research Center, Va., to form a Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Response team. The
DEVELOP team used NASA technology to track the extent of the oil spill and to study how
sea surface temperatures are being affected by the changing conditions. Students are
sharing this information with local communities addressing coastal management issues from
the oil spill. (Source: NASA, 08/19/10)

DigitalGlobe lands contract
DigitalGlobe, a Colorado-based provider of high-resolution earth imagery, said it's entered
into a 10-year $3.55 billion agreement with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency to
provide satellite imagery from its WorldView satellite constellation. DigitalGlobe will begin
procurement for its next satellite, WorldView-3, which will be ready for launch by the end of
2014. (Source: DigitalGlobe, 08/09/10) Gulf Coast note: DigitalGlobe has an operation at
Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Tool gets SAFETY Act designation
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. - The Department of Homeland Security recently designated NVision
Solution’s REACT (Real-Time Emergency Action Coordination Tool) as a qualified anti-
terrorism technology covered by the SAFETY Act. SAFETY stands for Support Anti-terrorism
by Fostering Effective Technologies. The act is designed to encourage the development of
anti-terrorism technologies by providing liability protection to vendors, customers, and users
of qualified technologies. NVision formerly marketed the tool as “HazNet.” REACT users
include all NASA centers; Hancock County, Miss.; St. Tammany Parish, La.; the Mississippi
National Guard; the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security; and the
Center for Asymmetric Warfare. (Source: NVision Solutions, 08/05/10)


JUNE 2010

Tracking the oil muck by GIS
A Homeland Security Department program that allows emergency response officials from
states and localities to readily share geospatial data is helping officials coordinate
responses to the BP oil spill. Officials from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida have
been using DHS’ Virtual USA program to share data related to the oil spill, according to
David Boyd, director of the Command, Control and Interoperability Division in the
department’s Science and Technology Directorate. Federal officials from DHS, the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, the Coast Guard, and the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration have also used Virtual USA in the response work, he added.
The Virtual USA program that allows states to share geospatial data and metadata and
create data mashups is being used to coordinate responses across states’ boundaries.
Boyd said historically the coordination would have been done over the telephone, but now
officials can work with a common set of images and metadata. Boyd made the comments at
the Open Government and Innovations Conference in Washington. (Source: Federal
Computer Week, 05/05/10)


MAY 2010

AEHF satellite set for July launch
Lockheed Martin delivered the first satellite in the Advanced Extremely High Frequency
(AEHF) program to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. It will be prepared for a July 30
liftoff aboard an Atlas V. The multi-satellite AEHF system will provide the U.S. military with
global, protected, high capacity and secure communications. It's the successor to the five-
satellite Milstar constellation. The governments of Canada, The Netherlands, and the United
Kingdom participate in the AEHF program as international partners and will have access to
the communications capability of AEHF. (Source: Lockheed Martin via PRNewswire,
05/24/10) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin Mississippi Space & Technology Center
personnel at Stennis Space Center, Miss., worked on the core propulsion modules for the
AEHF program.

Tracking the oil muck by GIS
A Homeland Security Department program that allows emergency response officials from
states and localities to readily share geospatial data is helping officials coordinate
responses to the BP oil spill. Officials from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida have
been using DHS’ Virtual USA program to share data related to the oil spill, according to
David Boyd, director of the Command, Control and Interoperability Division in the
department’s Science and Technology Directorate. Federal officials from DHS, the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, the Coast Guard, and the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration have also used Virtual USA in the response work, he added.
The Virtual USA program that allows states to share geospatial data and metadata and
create data mashups is being used to coordinate responses across states’ boundaries.
Boyd said historically the coordination would have been done over the telephone, but now
officials can work with a common set of images and metadata. Boyd made the comments at
the Open Government and Innovations Conference in Washington. (Source: Federal
Computer Week, 05/05/10)


APRIL 2010

SEUS-CP delegates converge on Biloxi
BILOXI, Miss. – Political, economic development and business leaders will gather at Biloxi’s
Beau Rivage next week for the third annual Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces
Alliance Conference. Delegates arrive April 11 and the conference ends April 13. The event
will focus on advanced manufacturing, energy and geospatial technologies. Visitors can also
participate in tours of Keesler Air Force Base’s Cyber Security Center, Trinity Yachts, the
Marine Mammal Institute and Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Center, which builds
portions of the Global Hawk and Fire Scout unmanned systems. The SEUS-CP Alliance is a
trade and investment-focused partner¬ship between the U.S. states of Alabama, Georgia,
Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee and the seven Canadian
provinces of Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia,
Ontario, and Prince Ed¬ward Island. It was established in Montreal in Novem¬ber 2007 to
advance a common interest in enhancing economic ties between the two regions. (Source:
Tcp, 04/06/10)

Science center signing ceremony set
GULFPORT, Miss. - A signing ceremony for the contract to build a 72,000 square foot state-
of-the-art science center near NASA's Stennis Space Center will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m.
at the Hancock Bank Board Room in downtown Gulfport. Roy Anderson Corp. will start
construction May 1. The center to be located along Interstate 10 near the Louisiana-
Mississippi state line is expected to be a big tourist draw. Infinity is designed to highlight the
activities at Stennis Space Center and inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers
in the fields of earth, ocean and space science. (Source: Infinity Science Center Inc.,
04/05/10)


MARCH 2010

Aerotec helps filmmaker
PICAYUNE, Miss. - Aerotec recently provided airborne LIDAR imagery for IBM's "Smarter
Planet" series of videos. “Data Anthem” was produced by Ogilvy & Mather New York and
directed by James Frost of Zoo Films. Aerotec's airborne LIDAR was used for the opening
scene and some of the follow-on scenes. This is Aerotec’s second collaboration with Frost.
In 2008, Aerotec provided airborne color 3D LIDAR models to Zoo Films for a music video.
LIDAR is an acronym for Light Detection and Ranging. (Source: Aerotec, 03/23/10)


FEBRUARY 2010

NVision launches surface computer
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. – Geospatial technology company NVision Solutions Inc. has released
NVTouch, a multi-touch, multi-user surface computer. The system has been installed at
NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at the Stennis Space Center Emergency
Operations Center in Mississippi for the HazNet Emergency Management System. NVTouch
is a Windows-based computer coupled with a projection system and infrared sensing
technology resulting in a 42-inch interactive touch table where users interact with images on
the table. NVision manufactures the tables in Mississippi at the Stennis Technology Park.
(Source: NVision Solutions, 02/04/10)


JANUARY 2010

Ex NASA official faces fraud charges
GULFPORT, Miss. – A former high-ranking NASA official who’s on federal probation faces
fraud charges over a $600,000 contract awarded to Mississippi State University by Stennis
Space Center. Courtney A. Stadd pleaded not guilty Monday to a nine-count indictment that
alleges he conspired to have MSU subcontract $450,000 of work on a remote-sensing study
to his consulting business, Capitol Solutions. (Source: Sun Herald, 01/11/10)

Geospatial conference slated for Biloxi
BILOXI, Miss. – A forum focusing on geospatial research and development and international
clusters will be held Monday and Tuesday at the Beau Rivage casino in Biloxi. The 2nd
International GIS Cluster Conference and Research Forum is hosted by the University of
Mississippi’s Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions. The conference is a follow-up to
the event held in Sweden in 2008. That event had representatives from the United States,
Sweden, Norway, China, Germany and Austria. (Source: Tcp, 01/06/10)