Air Force Seeks Educational Info Management System:<@VM>Orbital Sciences Lands $56 Million Taiwanese Space Contract:

The Air Force's Air Education and Training Command at Maxwell Air Force Base is seeking input regarding a comprehensive educational information management system solution, especially to learn if such a system is commercially available. An education management system encompasses student administration, curriculum management and resource management.

Responses should address areas such as envisioned architecture, transition plan from the current architecture, incremental or comprehensive implementation time line, risk mitigation and estimated cost. More information on this request can be found at, or contact Lynna Craven, the contract specialist, at (334) 953-3524 or Responses are due by April 30.
Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., has received a $56 million contract from the Taiwanese government to provide development, integration and oversight services for a satellite-based weather forecasting and research program, the company announced.

The contract for the ROC Satellite/Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate program was awarded by the National Space Program Office of Taiwan, Republic of China. The system will use a constellation of six remote-sensing microsatellites to collect atmospheric data for weather forecasting and ionosphere, climate and gravity research.

Orbital and the Taiwan space program are planning to launch the satellites in early 2005. The devices have an expected life span of five years.

The satellite program is an international collaboration between Taiwan and the United States that seeks to improve existing weather forecasting and climate monitoring systems.

The satellite constellation will augment the global atmospheric observing systems and provide data for improved forecasting of weather and climate research by providing more than 2,500 atmospheric measurements per day, around the world and in all weather conditions.

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