SpaceX bags SDA contract to track ICBM launches

In a defining moment for SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space venture has won a $149 million contract to build missile-tracking satellites for the Pentagon, said the U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) in a statement on Monday. The development marks SpaceX’s first government contract to build satellites. Known for its reusable rockets and astronaut capsules, SpaceX is…

Israeli chip manufacturer Tower Semiconductor halts production following cyber attack

On Sunday, Israeli chip manufacturer Tower Semiconductor said, some of its systems have been hit by a cyber attack as a result of which it has placed on hold some of its manufacturing operations. “Tower has notified relevant authorities, and is working closely with law enforcement organizations and with a leading team of worldwide experts,…

SpaceX could be valued at $36 billion in latest funding round

According to sources familiar with financing of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the company is looking to raise around $250 million, which could see its valuation touch $36 billion, reported CNBC. According to CNBC’s report, SpaceX plans on raising the amount at a price of $220 per share. The funding round is expected to close after the…

Defense data may have been stolen in cyberattack on Mitsubishi Electric Corp: Japan Defense Ministry

In a statement, Japan’s defense ministry stated, a cyber attack on Mitsubishi Electric Corp, a major supplier of the country’s defense and infrastructure systems, has led to a breach of sensitive data on defense equipment. The potentially stolen data included requirements for defense equipment that Japan’s Defense ministry specified for contract bidders in October 2018,…

Using Huawei 5G equipment would be act of madness for UK: US officials

As per a report from the Guardian Newspaper, officials from the U.S. government have provided the British government with additional newer evidence concerning the risks of involving Huawei in developing its future 5G mobile networks. Ahead of Britain’s decision to include Huawei in developing its 5G networks, officials from both countries exchanged views on whether…

Brazil signs technology safeguard agreement with the U.S.

In a development that paves the way for U.S. companies to use Brazil’s Alcantara base in the Northeastern-state of Maranhao to launch satellites, the Brazilian Senate has approved the ratification of an agreement signed earlier this year to safeguard U.S. space and defense technology. The agreement was earlier signed in March 2019 during an official…

CSRA LLC and its partners win cloud computing contract from U.S. Defense Department

The contract is aimed at replacing the Defense Department’s IT office applications as well as provide tools for day-to-day office administration including email, word processing, collaboration, storage and file sharing. The U.S. Department of Defense along with the U.S. General Services Administration stated, they have awarded a contract worth $7.6 billion to General Dynamics Corp’s…

France brings in bill amendments aimed at China’s Huawei Technologies

Despite facing international pressure on its business, Huawei has managed to secure 30 contracts to supply 5G equipment; it has already shipped 25,000 5G base stations. As per a report by French newspaper Les Echos, France is weighing its option for introducing a bill amendment so as to empower its defense and security institutions to…