Mississippi Enterprise for Technology Newsletter

July 2011

Raytheon at SSC


   Ask John Cousins and he'll tell you he thinks the future for unmanned systems is bright. The program manager of the Raytheon Technical Services operation at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center deals with them all the time.


   "The number one thing we do is we work with underwater vehicles," primarily through data collection, said Cousins. It's a field that's growing in importance. He pointed to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill as an example. Underwater robotic systems kept an eye on the leak and were used to cap the well.


   Raytheon Technical Services Co. joined the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) business community in May 2011. It has 10 people, three of them oceanographers, who provide support in the weather, ocean and climate areas.


   "The unmanned systems industry has a lot of potential for growth in the Gulf Coast region, and we are thrilled to have such a high-quality corporation join the MSET and Stennis family, and it's important having such talented people as John and his team," said Charles Beasley, president and CEO of MSET.


   The SSC operation is part of the 1,500-employee Customized Engineering and Depot Support of Indianapolis, Ind., which in turn is part of the 9,500-employee Raytheon Technical Services of Reston, Va., which provides technical, scientific and professional services and operates on seven continents. It has customers at 440 sites in 80 countries and is involved in air, land, sea, space and cyberspace, and trains 2 million people a year.


   Raytheon Technical Services is part of 72,000-employee defense contractor Raytheon of Waltham, Mass., which had net sales in 2010 of $25 billion. Raytheon has been involved in work with unmanned aerial systems for years, said Cousins.


   "One of Raytheon's major capabilities is integrating the sensor and communications systems for unmanned vehicles," said Cousins, who has been at SSC for seven years as an oceanographer. He said ground troops have come to rely on the eyes and ears of such airborne surveillance systems. "We believe that the ocean environment has the exact same potential. Nobody knows exactly what is going on below the surface. We see a huge future market."


   The Naval Oceanographic Office at SSC is a big user of unmanned underwater systems, with a growing fleet of underwater systems that provide crucial maritime data from around the world. Further to the east in Panama City, Fla., the Naval Surface Warfare Center is also involved in robotic underwater systems, primarily in mine-hunting.


   But underwater systems aren't the only robots used by the Navy. The service is currently using Fire Scout unmanned helicopters and will be deploying in the future the Global Hawk-based Broad Area Maritime Surveillance system.


   Cousins said Raytheon has excelled in the UAV sensor market and can provide similar expertise to solving a customer's maritime data collection challenges. It has proven capabilities implementing solutions using networked environmental sensors and communication paths.


   The sensors that are used depend on the customers and their requirements, said Cousins. EPA, for example, is concerned about water quality, where as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management may be concerned about oil leaks. There are also sensors that can detect the amount of oxygen, plankton or hazardous chemicals in the ocean.


   Raytheon integrates the sensors with platforms from a number of manufacturers. Each has its strength and weakness, and Raytheon can put any type of sensor on them, depending on the need of the customer.


   "We take sensors and hook them up to the platform," said Cousins, then the company remains involved in operations and data collection. It can set up the base station and can integrate the system to be used from a laptop.


   For Raytheon, the Seaglider is the primary platform. It's 110 pounds, more than 9 feet long with an endurance of 6 to 9 months and range of more than 3,700 miles. "The data we normally collect are temperature, salinity, depth of water, but we'll collect whatever our customers require," said Cousins.


   But the sensors and the data collection platforms are not limited to underwater vehicles. "We'll also use buoys, depending on customer requirements, and also use surface platforms." - David Tortorano



We hope that you found our featured article very informative. If you would like to learn more about the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology, please contact us at (228) 688-3144 or www.mset.org. 



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Information Management Resources, Inc. (IMRI) Joins   MSET   Community   at   SSC


Mississippi Enterprise for Technology is pleased to welcome Information Management Resources, Inc. (IMRI) to its business community of advanced technology companies located at Stennis Space Center. IMRI has been at Stennis Space Center since 2007 and now supports COMNAVMETOCCOM's Navy Defense Supercomputer Resource Center (DSRC), the Naval Oceanographic Office, and NASA's NCCIPS. The opening of IMRI's office provides a base for enhanced customer support at Stennis Space Center and throughout the Gulf Coast region.

IMRI, a service disabled veteran, woman owned, small disadvantaged business headquartered in Orange County, California, was founded in 1992 to provide private industry and government with the highest quality technology and engineering services. IMRI provides an across-the-board selection of professional engineering, information technology, and cyber security services that combine to deliver complete, fully integrated solutions - solutions that streamline operations, reduce costs and provide clients with the greatest possible return on their technology investments. IMRI's customer base has spanned the Department of Defense for many years, and also includes the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the Department of the Interior, and NASA.

Mr. Pete Furze leads IMRI's operations and business development activities in the Gulf Coast area. Pete was assigned at NAVOCEANO and COMNAVMETOCCOM during his active duty years, and has worked here with IMRI since his retirement from the Navy in 2009 as a project manager, and now as Regional Senior Vice President.


About Mississippi Enterprise for Technology


Mississippi Enterprise for Technology is a unique economic development organization within Stennis Space Center.
MsET is also a technology transfer office and incubator uniquely positioned to grow companies by providing a supportive environment, business services and access to federal agencies and research facilities.
The organization is charged with developing and attracting new business and employment opportunities to John C. Stennis Space Center and the region.
The organization seeks to improve and strengthen the center's business climate utilizing business resources from the region. For more information on MsET, or to see upcoming events visit www.mset.org.
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INFINITY at NASA Stennis Space Center


INFINITY is a new, state-of-the-art science center and visitor attraction currently under construction in Hancock County, MS. INFINITY will inspire, amaze, and engage those who visit and promises to be a place like no other, where curiosity is nurtured and discovery is rewarded - a place where we lose ourselves in the depths of the ocean and the farthest reaches of space.


The goal is not to be another museum, but a science and math education center where visitors will explore our earth, oceans and space through deepening levels of involvement, ranging from traditional gallery tours, to hands-on experiments, to participation in activity-based "missions."


INFINITY is the result of a 2001 partnership between NASA and INFINITY Science Center, Inc., a non-profit organization of business leaders. INFINITY Science Center, Inc. was developed to help Stennis Space Center build a science and education center to feature the world-class level of exploration and discovery that has been part of NASA, Stennis Space Center and Mississippi for almost 50 years.


The impact of INFINITY promises to be vast and will prove a vital learning experience for the millions who travel I-10, plus the school groups from throughout the tri-state region of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. The project's feasibility study indicated that INFINITY would approximate over 350,000 annual visitors. INFINITY's exhibitions will target the 296,000 primary and secondary school-age children who live within a 75-mile radius of the Science Center.   

Stennis Business & Technology Digest

Stennis Space Center is a well know landmark on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but not many people truly understand what really goes on inside the secure gates of the 1400 acre campus.


Originally established as a rocket engine test center for NASA, Stennis today, is one of the largest federal cities in the nation. Over 30 federal and state agencies as well as a variety of companies involved in a host of fields. The variety is surprising from space-related work to riverine warfare training and more.


Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) is a business incubator and technology transfer office located at Stennis. More recently MSET took on the additional job of playing a role in the economic development of Stennis Space Center. As part of this role, MSET wants to do what it can to tell the Stennis Space Center story. That means highlighting the accomplishments, successes and innovative work of the organizations located at Stennis Space Center. But in an age of information overload, it's a challenge simply to be heard above all the noise.


MSET decided to create the Stennis Business and Technology Digest, a  news feed communicating some of the activities that occur at Stennis Space Center, not just at MsET. This is in no way a bid to usurp the separate communications activities of the various organizations at Stennis. We see the news feed as a vehicle to insure those valuable communications reach a wider audience.


MSET monitors and pulls together in digest form all the announcements and notices coming from NASA, the Navy, NOAA, the universities and any of the other organizations that call Stennis home. The news is provided in a brief format, with links to the original source of the information.

You'll be amazed by the contributions made by Stennis Space Center that benefit the region, the nation and the world. Visit the MSET Web site Home page to subscribe to the news feed and increase your understanding of Stennis Space Center.


Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) is located at John C. Stennis Space Center, the foremost center for innovation in Southeast Mississippi and one of the nation's largest federal cities. MSET is uniquely positioned to facilitate your company's growth by providing a supportive environment, business services and access to federal agencies and research facilities.

We are currently offering prime office space at low rates in the heart of Stennis Space Center. Seize this rare opportunity and put your start-up or small business on the fast track to success.

Contact us today. Space is limited.


Contact: Belinda Gill, Facilities Manager, belinda.n.gill@nasa.gov, telephone: 228-688-3144