GA-ASI Flies New Multi-Use NATO Pod on MQ-9

NATO Pod Development Brings Together International Partners to Meet Future Requirements

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SAN DIEGO, Dec. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) flew the new NATO Pod for the first time on Nov. 23, 2022. The NATO Pod is a joint development between GA-ASI and Sener Aeroespacial of Spain. The NATO Pod is built by Sener Aeroespacial in Europe to meet NATO airworthiness standards, while increasing configuration and payload options for MQ-9A and MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft produced by GA-ASI. The new product is designed for international customers that are interested in rapidly integrating sovereign payload capabilities to achieve specific mission objectives.

The test flight was performed at the Yuma Proving Grounds using a GA-ASI owned MQ-9A aircraft.

NATO Pod development was driven by GA-ASI’s desire to provide customers with a customizable, multi-use pod for carriage of sovereign, cross-domain Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensors for MQ-9A and MQ-9B RPA systems. GA-ASI is working with Sener and other European suppliers to integrate their sensor capabilities within this new pod. The NATO Pod is a flexible, scalable, certifiable enclosure with the structural features to host wide-ranging mission systems. The pod meets DEF STAN and STANAG certification standards for airworthiness, including lightning protection and bird impact.

The NATO Pod interfaces with common MQ-9 aircraft power and navigation interfaces, including the platform datalink connection to the Ground Control Station (GCS). Customer system integration is based on using a common set of interfaces to the aircraft and GCS systems.

“This is a truly momentous product design and implementation effort,” said GA-ASI Vice President of Mission Payloads and Exploitation, Satish Krishnan. “We’ve worked closely with Sener to meet requirements and keep our combined teams in sync to achieve this great outcome. Our successful test flight allows us to begin marketing this new capability to our international partner nations as a way to rapidly add sovereign payload capability.”

Rafael Orbe, Defence General Director at Sener Aeroespacial, said: “This first flight is the fruit of a long collaboration between GA-ASI and Sener and we are proud to have contributed to the success of the project. We look forward to continuing the good work together, which we are sure will bring us more successes in the future.”

This industrial cooperation effort introduces European manufacturing of GA-ASI designed mission hardware and opens the door to customer-specified mission payloads – including technologies that are built outside the U.S. – for deployment on MQ-9A and MQ-9B. The NATO Pod that was tested featured a payload built by Arpège S.A.S. France.

MQ-9As are operated by a number of European countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain. GA-ASI’s newer MQ-9B variant has been acquired by the UK and Belgium. Recently Poland announced that it will lease MQ-9A. 

About GA-ASI

General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than seven million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For more information, visit

Avenger, Lynx, Predator, SeaGuardian and SkyGuardian are registered trademarks of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. 

About Sener Aeroespacial

Sener Aeroespacial has been a leading supplier of high-performance aerospace systems for Space, Defense and Science for more than 50 years, developing its own high added-value technology products. Sener Aeroespacial is a leader in guidance, navigation and control systems, actuation and orientation systems, and communications, COMINT, optics, ATC and avionics systems. It is involved in the main programs of the ESA and NASA space agencies. Sener Aeroespacial is part of the SATNUS consortium, which leads the Spanish contingent of Remote Operators of the FCAS program. Sener Aeroespacial is also part of the recently created SMS consortium.

Sener Aeroespacial has production centers in Catalonia, the Community of Madrid and the Basque Country. It is a company of the Sener engineering and technology group, founded in 1956, which employs 2,700 professionals on four continents.

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GSF to Invest USD 550 Million in India’s K12 School Sector

It is part of GSF’s global expansion plans, which will include M&As of greenfield projects.

Signing of MoU

Signing of MoU

SINGAPORE, Dec. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Schools Foundation (GSF) Singapore, the award-winning not-for-profit foundation, plans to invest over US$500 million in India’s school education sector by Year 2026, as it continues its global expansion plan to serve more communities across Europe, the Middle East, India and Japan.

Recognised as the world’s most awarded school network with more than 450 international awards in Business and Education Excellence, GSF already has a network of 35 campuses across 11 countries. Its schools offer multiple curricula like International Baccalaureate, Cambridge IGCSE and Indian CBSE to nearly 32000 students of more than 70 nationalities.

The new investment in India is aimed to fulfill the massive post-Covid increase in demand from domestic communities moving across Indian cities, as well as relocating families from and into India. Many existing student communities from international regions across East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the U.K. and the U.S. are relocating to cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.

GSF’s expansion will include Mergers and Acquisitions of greenfield projects into cities that also include Mumbai, Madurai, Noida and Nagpur.

“It is imperative that GSF takes necessary steps in investing to provide guaranteed admissions to such relocating students across its networks with zero disruptions,” said Mr. Atul Temurnikar, Executive Chairman and Co-founder of GSF.

The most recent step in this direction was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Noida Authority and GSF with support from Enterprise Singapore, a division of Ministry of Trade and Industry-Republic of Singapore. The MoU commits to the investment towards new international schools that will offer International Baccalaureate and Cambridge IGCSE education in addition to CBSE.

In the last 20 years, GSF schools – like Global Indian International School and One World International School – have ranked high for their results in IB exams, with 96 students having scored World Topper (45/45) and Near Perfect Scores (44/45) in the IB Diploma exams. Over 800 students have scored A*s and As in seven or more subjects in Cambridge IGCSE.

GSF students receive offers from world’s leading universities, including some of the Ivy League colleges such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, UC Berkeley and others, and every year over 150 universities from around the world visit school campuses for career guidance to students. Its 2500 faculty members undergo extensive and continuous training and development programmes in skills and subject-matter expertise.

GSF has only recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with much fanfare.

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OKC (OKX Chain) Launches Flexible Liquid Staking, Delivers Enhanced Liquidity and Accessibility

  • OKC Liquid Staking lowers barriers to entry for staking while allowing users to deploy staked tokens elsewhere
  • Users can stake OKT through Liquid Staking to receive up to 40% APR

VICTORIA, Seychelles, Dec. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OKC (OKX Chain), the EVM and IBC-compatible chain backed by OKX, has announced the launch of its Liquid Staking protocol. Liquid Staking is a key element of the rapidly-expanding DeFi ecosystem on OKC. It provides a way for OKC users to effectively and flexibly utilize the chain’s native token, OKT, while offering users staking rewards of up to 40% APR.

Better Liquidity & Asset Utilization for OKC Users
By offering users staking rewards with no minimum token investment requirement and no lock-up period, Liquid Staking addresses problems with conventional staking products that include inaccessibility and illiquidity.

OKC Liquid Staking also allows users to earn staking rewards on their OKT while deploying the tokens in other protocols. Users can utilize Liquid Staking to stake OKT and receive stOKT (staked OKT) in return. They can then deploy the stOKT in on-chain DeFi protocols to earn more rewards or swap the stOKT for OKT on the OKX DEX.

Chai Li, Head of Ecosystem Development, OKC, said: “Liquid Staking is a key element of our vision for promoting decentralization and creating more opportunities for OKX users. Liquid Staking adds liquidity and utility of assets, and also plays an important role in boosting on-chain TVL and ecosystem development. We’re thrilled to see Liquid Staking grow in parallel with OKC’s other DeFi products and lay the foundation for advanced protocols being developed on-chain in the future.”

Bolstering the OKC Ecosystem
OKC, also known as OKX Chain, is built to empower DeFi and Web3 adoption globally. It offers DApp developers the means to deploy their applications and crypto assets on the OKC ecosystem while enjoying the benefits of high throughput, low gas fees, and a secure network.

The launch of Liquid Staking is expected to contribute to a higher TVL (or total value locked) on the OKC network, allowing it to further expand its capabilities and the benefits it offers to users.

Users can now stake OKT through OKC Liquid Staking to receive rewards of up to 40% APR.

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About OKC

OKXC is an EVM-compatible L1 built on Cosmos with a focus on true interoperability (IBC) and maximized performance. At high scalability, developers can build and scale with low gas fees. The OKC ecosystem and infrastructure, including the all-in-one multi-chain Web3 interface, enables a seamless experience for both developers and users.

OKC experienced significant growth in 2022. It integrated over 190 new projects, securely processed over 195 million transactions, and saw more than 81 million total wallet addresses created.

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LambdaTest launches #LambdaTestYourBusiness holiday season campaign

The campaign includes a fun game, e-cards, memes, and much more! Also, prizes and offers are up for grabs.

San Francisco, Dec. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LambdaTest, the leading continuous quality testing cloud platform, has launched the #LambdaTestYourBusiness holiday season campaign. The campaign will include a fun ‘LambdaTest Bug Squasher’ game, e-cards, self-made memes, and, more importantly, contestants also stand a chance to win prizes and exclusive offers.

The LambdaTest Bug Squasher game is a fun take on the frustrations that development teams face when they have to ‘squash’ countless bugs that seem to appear from everywhere in the product. Players can swat bugs appearing on a computer screen while ensuring they don’t swat a bomb! Top scorers have a chance to win an Amazon Echo dot.

Participants can also test their creativity by coming up with memes related to the tester/developer world. A lucky winner will be chosen based on the social media engagement of the meme and will receive a goodie. That’s not all, participants can send across e-cards to their colleagues and mentors to spread the holiday cheer.

“The #LambdaTestYourBusiness campaign is a small attempt from LambdaTest to bring in the holiday cheer to testers and developers who work hard around the year to give us all a worthy digital experience. The holidays are peak season for most businesses and hence for testers and developers. The game, memes, and e-cards are intended to bring a smile to their faces and spread some much-needed warmth in these busy times. This campaign also sets tone for the new year that will see new initiatives and campaigns from LambdaTest,” said Jay Singh, cofounder, LambdaTest. “While they are busy squashing bugs or making memes we have exciting offers and gifts to give away. The idea is really simple- testers and developers deserve to relax and let the heavy lifting be done by a reliable, scalable, secure, and fast test execution and orchestration platform so that customers can enjoy a seamless digital experience. All they’ve got to do is #LambdaTestYourBusiness.”

LambdaTest has also recently launched HyperExecute, a next-gen smart test execution and orchestration platform that helps testers and developers run end-to-end automation tests at the fastest speed possible.

To experience the campaign, visit:

About LambdaTest

LambdaTest is a continuous quality testing cloud platform that helps developers and testers ship code faster. Over 10,000+ customers and 1+ million users across 130+ countries rely on LambdaTest for their testing needs.

LambdaTest platform provides secure, scalable, and insightful test orchestration for customers at different points in their DevOps (CI/CD) lifecycle:-

Browser & App Testing Cloud allows users to run both manual and automated tests of web and mobile apps across 3000+ different browsers, real devices, and operating system environments.

HyperExecute helps customers run and orchestrate test grids in the cloud for any framework and programming language at blazing-fast speeds to cut down on quality test time, helping developers build software faster.

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1 Survivor Found from Thai Navy Ship that Sank Sunday

Rescuers found a survivor and recovered five bodies from a Thai warship that sank over the weekend in the Gulf of Thailand, navy officials said Tuesday, as hopes faded for two dozen people still missing. Officials acknowledged there were not enough life jackets for all those aboard.
The HTMS Sukhothai, a corvette in service for 35 years, sank Sunday night in rough seas with 105 people aboard. The navy said an earlier tally of 106 people on board was incorrect because one sailor failed to join the journey.
Navy commander Adm. Cherngchai Chomcherngpat said initially at a news conference in Bangkok that two people had been rescued on Tuesday, but later said he had received updated information that only one person was alive and that five bodies had been recovered. According to those figures, 76 people have now been rescued, five have been found dead and 24 are still unaccounted for.
Navy Chief of Staff Adm. Chonlathis Navanugraha said the survivor and the bodies, along with some debris, were found about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from where the ship sank.
The survivor, identified as Chananyu Kansriya, was found floating in the sea at about 2 p.m. and was picked up by a passing cargo ship, according to the navy’s rescue coordination center at Bangsaphan in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, near the scene of the accident. A navy frigate was bringing him back to shore.
Vice Adm. Pichai Lorchusakul, commander of the 1st Naval Area Command, told reporters that Chananyu was in weak condition and would receive medical treatment on the frigate, which has facilities akin to a mobile hospital.
He was quoted by the Thai Rath newspaper as saying search efforts had been accelerated, but the missing could not be expected to survive in the sea for longer than two days.
The navy has deployed four large ships, two maritime patrol aircraft, two helicopters and a drone, and the air force has contributed one plane and one helicopter. Small boats could not be used because the sea remained extremely choppy, navy officers said.
The search is gradually moving south to take into account the currents, Capt. Kraipich Korawee-Paparwit, commander of one of the rescue ships, told Thai PBS television.
Strong winds and high waves caused seawater to enter the ship on Sunday evening, knocking out its electrical system and making control of the ship virtually impossible. Other naval vessels rushed to the scene, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) offshore, to try to assist the stricken vessel but could not do much because of the poor sea conditions. Because the ship could not be controlled, more water entered, causing it to list and sink.
Thailand’s Meteorological Department had issued a weather advisory for the general area just a few hours before the accident, saying that waves in the Gulf of Thailand were expected to be 2-4 meters (7-14 feet) high. It suggested that all ships “proceed with caution” and warned small craft not to go to sea until Tuesday.
Survivors interviewed by Thai television said there were not enough life jackets because the ship was carrying guests in addition to its normal crew, which the navy website said was 87 sailors and officers.
Navy Commander Cherngchai confirmed that was true in comments to PPTV television.
“This operation, they added staff from the Marine Corps and Air and Coastal Defense Command, about 30 people. This is why I think there were not enough life jackets,” he said.
A video of Vice Adm. Pichai speaking Tuesday at one of the rescue centers showed him confronted by a woman who said she was the mother of one of the missing sailors.
“My son called me with his friend’s phone when the ship started to sink. He said he did not get a life jacket and only a life buoy. As a parent, when I heard this, my heart was broken. If there were not enough life jackets, how much hope can you give me?” she said.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said he had assigned his deputy defense minister to visit the surviving sailors on Tuesday.
“Nobody wants this to happen,” said Prayuth, a former army commander who also serves as defense minister. “We will investigate the cause and never let it happen again.”

Source: Voice of America

Millions of Argentines Flood Buenos Aires to Cheer Messi and Teammates

Millions of ecstatic Argentines flooded the streets of Buenos Aires on Tuesday to cheer the country’s World Cup-winning soccer squad led by star Lionel Messi. Crowds grew so enormous they brought the open-top bus parade to a standstill.
The players were unable to reach the central Obelisco monument as planned due to security concerns because of the crowd size, estimated by local media at four million people. They were transferred from their parade bus to helicopters.
“The World Champions are flying over the entire route in helicopters because it became impossible to continue on land due to the explosion of popular joy,” presidential spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti wrote on Twitter.
“Let’s continue to celebrate in peace and show them our love and admiration!”
Television images showed people all over the city, huge crowds waiting around the central Obelisco, and many more taking over highways to try to catch a glimpse of their returning champions in surely one of the largest turnouts in history.
“It’s crazy, it’s incredible, it’s the best thing that can happen to you in life,” said Matias Gomez, 25, a metalworker.
“It is an enormous joy to see all these happy people, all together, one with the other, holding hands, giving each other hugs, kisses. We are all one today.”
The team had arrived early Tuesday at Ezeiza airport where, despite it being around 3 am (0600 GMT), thousands were waiting with banners, flags and flares, and howling with joy after 36 years since the country’s last World Cup victory.
By midday, millions had already congregated in downtown Buenos Aires, with major roads shut down for the parade. People held up banners of Messi and late icon Diego Maradona. Some played instruments, others climbed lampposts and bus stops.
The Argentine capital has been in party mode since the dramatic victory over France in Sunday’s final in Qatar, which has helped mask economic woes in the South American nation battling one of the world’s highest inflation rates.
The victory, in a penalty shootout after a whipsaw game, made the country world champions for the third time, and the first time since Diego Maradona hoisted the trophy in 1986.
The government made Tuesday a national holiday to allow fans to celebrate the win.
As the open-top bus snaked through the city, players danced and cheered with fans who circled the bus. Police held people back to allow the vehicle to move forward on its slow journey towards the center of town.
Eventually they could go no further.
“They don’t let us get to greet all the people who were at the Obelisco. The security agents that escorted us won’t allow us to move forward,” tweeted Chiqui Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA). A thousand apologies on behalf of all the champion players.”
Messi, 35, has burnished his reputation as one of the world’s greatest ever with the win as Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties after a scintillating 3-3 draw after extra time.
He has said it was his last match in the World Cup, though he plans to play a few more games for the national side.
At times it has felt that the whole country has been partying through the night from Sunday onwards in the southern hemisphere summer, the joy of victory infecting everyone with cars regularly blaring their horns in celebration.
“There are people lying on the floor who came straight from the last party to get up and keep partying,” said Elio Maisares, 25, as he celebrated in the city where everyone and everything was covered in the white-and-blue of the “Albiceleste.”
“Just look at all this, look at everything that is painted in light blue and white. Along the roads, the highways, all the people are rooting for Argentina,” he said.
“It’s really impressive, it’s unique, what a way to cry. I cried this morning, yesterday, the day before yesterday, I can’t cry anymore. It’s incredible!”

Source: Voice of America