US: QinetiQ North America (QNA) has been awarded a three-year strategic contract for ocean modeling, remote sensing and physical oceanography programs to support the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. Ocean circulation patterns, temperatures and depths are constantly changing. Mapping and prediction models are critical to naval strategy, informing fleet and special mission deployment decisions, military planning exercises, satellite calibration, and fleet design for ships, submarines and other maritime vessels.
One of the primary projects included in this contract is to continue developing the Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM). HYCOM is a new global, high resolution ocean prediction system that dramatically improves situational awareness and the ability to predict future ocean environments. "QNA is honored to be part of the NRL team and we look forward to continuing our support to critical naval programs under this new contract. We have over 25 years of expertise in ocean modeling and related support, and we appreciate the opportunity to help NRL achieve mission success,” said Dave Shrum, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions, QinetiQ North America.
Source: Robotics Tomorrow