GA-ASI Makes First Flight of XQ-67A OBSS

SAN DIEGO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / February 29, 2024 / General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) flew the XQ-67A Off-Board Sensing Station (OBSS) for the first time on Feb. 28, 2024. OBSS is an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) program and GA-ASI was selected in 2021 to design, build and fly the new aircraft.

With flight of the AFRL-funded XQ-67A, GA-ASI has validated the "genus/species" concept first developed with AFRL as part of the Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft Platform Sharing (LCAAPS) program focused on building several aircraft variants from a common core chassis.

Under LCAAPS, AFRL and GA-ASI explored the development of a chassis, termed a "genus", as the foundational core architecture from which several "species" of aircraft can be built.

"This provides an alternative acquisition approach for military aircraft that enables faster development, lower costs and more opportunities for frequent technology refresh," said Trenton White, OBSS Program Manager and aerospace engineer in AFRL's Aerospace Systems Directorate. "XQ-67A is the first 'species' to be designed and built from this shared platform. Flight demonstration of this system is a major first step toward showing the ability to produce affordable combat mass."

"OBSS is the first aircraft type built and flown using a common core chassis developed by GA-ASI that promotes commonality across multiple vehicle types," said GA-ASI Vice President of Advanced Programs Michael Atwood.

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About GA-ASI

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

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About AFRL

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 12,500 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit

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TM Technologies and Quantum Resistant Cryptography Team Up to Increase Speed and Security of 5G/6G, Satellite and Near Field Communications

Barcelona, Spain - Mobile World Congress 2024

BARCELONA, SPAIN / ACCESSWIRE / February 29, 2024 / TM Technologies has partnered with Switzerland's Quantum Resistant Cryptography, S.A. (QRC) to increase both the speed and security of wireless communications. QRC's cutting-edge encryption is nine orders of magnitude stronger than AES-256, providing unparalleled quantum resistance. The combination of TM Technologies' bandwidth-optimizing Cognitive Spectrum Optimization ("CSO") with QRC's best-of-class encryption is now capable of providing low-latency quantum-resistant communications at speeds that exceed current non-encrypted communications.

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The advent of quantum computing is widely understood to pose an imminent threat to the security of all conventionally encrypted information, including communications of passwords, transactions, and personal information.

The incorporation of QRC quantum-resistant encryption will initially be applied to three leading Transpositional Modulation use cases:

  • Near Field Communications: Used commonly in point of sale from credit cards and mobile applications as well as in the hospitality and healthcare industries, the quantum-resistant QRC encryption combined with TM Technologies' CSO is estimated to exceed current NFC speeds by 13.5x.
  • Satellite Communications: Whether geostationary, conventional LEO or LEO direct to device, TM + QRC offers a means to increase download speeds while greatly improving security.
  • 5G / 6G: 3GPP-compatible and ORAN-compatible high-security use cases, such as in the enterprise, smart cities or law enforcement, can utilize this speed and security enhancement to stay ahead of emerging threats.

TM Technologies Director of Research and Development Dr. Scott Velasquez said, "Transpositional Modulation has existing security features that make it one of the most efficient and secure waveforms in existence, and our QRC partnership adds an important component of export-compliant quantum-resistant encryption that make sense for all customers interested in future-proofing their secure communications."

"TM Technologies' innovative solution has created dramatically faster contactless transactions," said Stiepan Kovac, founder and Group CEO of QRC. "Our advanced encryption adds the best security to this novel technology without negatively affecting the efficacy or speed. We are very proud of this novel collaboration."

About TM Technologies, Inc.

TM Technologies is a privately held, independent technology research, development and intellectual property firm founded in 2013. With engineering and lab space in San Diego, California, and its administrative offices in Little Switzerland, North Carolina, TM provides software licenses and integrative engineering to customers in the fields of advanced wireless technologies, Near Field Communications and In-Band-Full-Duplex solutions.

About Quantum Resistant Cryptography, S.A.

QRC provides forward-thinking encryption solutions that are energy-efficient, quantum-resistant, 5G/6G+-compatible and enable future-proof communications, public infrastructure, financial transactions, and private data protection. QRC's unique patented quantum-safe technology in 5G systems is the only solution recommended by the United Nations International Telecom Union (UN ITU-T).

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U.S. Polo Assn. is the Official Apparel Partner for 2024 Dubai Polo Gold Cup

World-Class Al Habtoor Polo Club Hosts Annual Gold Cup Tournament

WEST PALM BEACH, FL and DUBAI, UAE / ACCESSWIRE / February 29, 2024 / U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), served as the Official Apparel Partner of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2024. This world-renowned polo tournament was hosted at the iconic Al Habtoor Polo Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Feb. 6-24, 2024.

In collaboration with the Aydinli Group, U.S. Polo Assn.'s brand partner in the Middle East, the classic, sport-inspired brand provided performance jerseys for multiple teams, branded apparel for all on-site staff, and gifts to the finalists including branded leather duffle bags and watches.

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup was an unforgettable two-week tournament ending with the final game between two strong teams, Habtoor Polo and Dubai Wolves By CAFU, that fought to have their name etched into the Gold Cup trophy. Ultimately, Habtoor Polo won the cup with a final score of 11-10. The event offered spirited sports fans and generous sponsors the ability to watch the highest-rated polo in the UAE while also enjoying international musical entertainment, delicious cuisines, and retail shops.

"U.S. Polo Assn. is proud to once again support the iconic Dubai Polo Gold Cup as the Official Apparel Sponsor in one of the great venues for polo in the UAE," said J. Michael Prince, President and CEO of USPA Global, which manages the multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand. "This region is a key market for U.S. Polo Assn., and we are honored to highlight the sport of polo along with our global, sport-inspired brand in front of so many sports fans and consumers in the Middle East."

U.S. Polo Assn.'s popularity in the UAE has grown since the launch of the first brick-and-mortar store in March 2012 at the Dubai Marina Mall. Available to consumers in the region on all sales channels, the classic, sport-inspired lifestyle brand currently has 10 stores in the UAE with Lals Group, U.S. Polo Assn.'s UAE Partner, with plans to launch additional locations in 2024. Globally, the U.S. Polo Assn. brand is in 190 countries and has global retail sales of more than $2.4 billion.

"We are proud to represent U.S. Polo Assn. in the UAE, and the Dubai Polo Gold Cup is the perfect opportunity to connect our authentic global brand with the sport of polo in Dubai," said Seref Safa, Chairman of the Board of Aydinli Group, the Middle Eastern and Eastern European partner for U.S. Polo Assn. "This tournament hosts some of the best polo teams and ponies in the world, creating an exciting mix of top-class sportsmanship and glamour for event attendees."

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup was founded in 2009 by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. This tournament is now one of the most prestigious events on the international polo calendar, on par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Al Habtoor Polo Club was established in 2000 by Mohammed Al Habtoor, who played a pivotal role in the development of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup and was also a player in the 2024 tournament.

About U.S. Polo Assn. and USPA Global

U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States and one of the country's oldest sports governing bodies, founded in 1890. With a multi-billion-dollar global footprint and worldwide distribution through some 1,200 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores as well as thousands of additional points of distribution, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel, accessories, and footwear for men, women, and children in more than 190 countries worldwide. A recent, multi-year deal with ESPN to broadcast the premier polo championships in the world, sponsored by U.S. Polo Assn., has made the thrilling sport accessible to millions of households globally for the very first time.

U.S. Polo Assn. has consistently been named one of the top global sports licensors alongside the NFL, NBA, and MLB, according to License Global. In addition, the sport-inspired brand is being recognized around the world with awards for global growth, expansion, licensing, and digital presence. Due to its tremendous success as a global brand, particularly in the last five years, U.S. Polo Assn. has been featured in Forbes, Modern Retail, and GQ as well as on Yahoo Finance and Bloomberg, among many other noteworthy media sources around the world.

For more information, visit and follow @uspoloassn.

USPA Global is the for-profit subsidiary of the USPA and manages the global, multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand, providing the sport with a long-term source of revenue. Through its subsidiary, Global Polo Entertainment (GPE), USPA Global also manages Global Polo TV, which provides sports and lifestyle content. A historic, multi-year, global arrangement between USPA Global and ESPN now showcases many of the top championship polo games in the U.S., enabling millions of sports fans and consumers to enjoy the sport across ESPN's broadcast and streaming platforms. For more sport content, visit

About Aydinli Group

Aydinli Group is the Middle Eastern and Eastern European partner for the global, multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand. Aydinli Group adopts the principle of quality service and universal values, produces environmentally conscious products, and provides world-class, customer-oriented service. With more than 690 stores, 300 of which are abroad, and more than 7,500 employees, it is one of the largest apparel retailers in the region. Aydinli Group, which has operations in nearly 50 countries with U.S. Polo Assn., 10 countries with Pierre Cardin, and eight countries with Cacharel, has license rights in 55 countries in total. For more information, visit

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Vietnamese students win medals at int’l mathematics contest

Hanoi: Seventy-two Vietnamese students won medals at the International Talent Mathematics Contest 2024 (ITMC 2024) organised in Thailand on February 24-27. The students brought home 34 gold and 25 silver medals and one merit prize, marking the best achievement that Vietnamese students have earned at this contest so far. The ITMC 2024 drew nearly 2,000 students from 10 countries and territories across the globe. It is a playground for excellent students to unleash their mathematics potential, and exchange experience and knowledge with each other. An awarding ceremony was held in Thailand on February 27./. Source: Vietnam News Agency

Hanoi welcomes 2.1 million visitors in February

Hanoi: The number of visitors to Hanoi in February is estimated at 2.18 million, including nearly 383,000 foreigners, up 7.1% and 15% year-on-year respectively, the municipal Tourism Department reported on February 28. According to the department, the number of arrivals to the capital city is experiencing an upward trend. Total revenue from tourism activities is estimated at 8.06 trillion VND (327 million USD), a surge of 9% year on year. Since the beginning of this year, the total number of visitors to Hanoi has hit 4.23 million, up 11.9% over the same period in 2023, of them 890,000 international and 3.34 million domestic, up 52.4% and 4.5% respectively. Total revenue from tourists during the first two months is estimated at 16.42 trillion VND (666 million USD), an increase of 20.9% over the same period in 2023. Currently, the locality has 3,759 accommodation establishments with 71,050 rooms. The average hotel room occupancy in February reached 61.2%, up 0.4% compared to January and 5% over the same peri od in 2023. Director of the Hanoi Tourism Department Dang Huong Giang said that in March, the unit will implement many activities to continue promoting tourism development, including the "Get on Hanoi 2024" and the friendship spring tourism 2024 programme. In addition, the department will develop a draft plan to build community and agricultural tourism models associated with practical experiences in craft villages, tourist spots and traditional cultural values of the ethnic minorities in My Duc and Chuong My districts, and other vicinities. In March, the department will promote cooperation with provinces and cities to develop cultural and spiritual tourism routes such as Hanoi - Ha Nam - Ninh Binh, Hanoi - Son La and Hanoi - Lao Cai - Lai Chau, among others./. Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam advised to promote development of forest-based ecotourism

Hanoi: Boasting great resources of forest and forest land, Vietnam is advised to develop forest ecosystem services, especially forest-based ecotourism to create jobs and improve incomes for locals, contributing to sustainable poverty reduction among mountainous communities. A report from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), in 2022, Vietnam had 14,790,075 ha of forest area, of which 10,134,082 ha were natural forests and 4,655,933 ha were planted ones. According to the MARD's Department of Forestry, income from forest services is about 40 trillion VND (1.62 billion USD) each year, including about 2 trillion VND from forest tourism. Since 2016, forest-based community tourism has thrived. In 2022 alone, this kind of tourism attracted 3.1 million tourists. Recently, national parks and natural reserves across the country, including Pu Mat, Cuc Phuong, Phong Nha Ke Bang U Minh Thuong, Ba Vi, Bac Ma, Cat Tien, Cat Ba, Hoang Lien, Tam Dao, Ba Na-Nui Chua national parks, as well as more than 60 natural reserves across the country have worked hard to promote forest-based ecotourism. However, forest-based ecotourism in Vietnam has still been in its beginning stage with limitations in professionalism, management and resource using for tourism. Meanwhile, the research, baseline study and forest-based ecotourism development planning have yet to be conducted effectively. Do Van Lap, Vice Director of the Cuc Phuong National Park, said that the park has organised various programmes, activities and tours in association with wildlife rescue and preservation. Cuc Phuong is home to 2,230 floral species and 669 animal species, including 73 listed by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and endangered species needing urgent protection. Tran Anh Tuan, founder of Nature Expedition, said that the firm's experience tourism products in Cuc Phuong National Park have attracted a large number of visitors, especially children, helping educate them about the responsibility to protect the environment and wildlife. According to experts, Vietnam needs to give suitable policies, strategies and approaches to diversify forest ecosystem services. At the same time, the country should also diversify forest welfare for the community and educate the community about the significance of the forest, thus encouraging actions to protect fores as well as the environment and biodiversity in Vietnam./. Source: Vietnam News Agency

Quang Ninh promotes tourism, awards Clipper Race teams

Quang Ninh: Participating in Clipper Race activities is among the key tourism promotion and investment attraction endeavours of the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh in 2024 and beyond, Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Cao Tuong Huy has affirmed. At a tourism promotion conference and Clipper Race award ceremony held in the province on February 28, Huy said that this year, Quang Ninh aims to welcome 17 million visitors, including approximately 3 million foreigners, an ambitious goal amidst domestic and international difficulties and challenges. During the conference, local officials and businesses introduced participants to investment opportunities in the province's industrial parks and myriad tourism projects. In his speech, British Ambassador to Vietnam Iain Grant Frew held that the conference lays the groundwork for spurring future cooperation between Quang Ninh and the UK, positively contributing to the Vietnam-UK strategic partnership. The province is increasingly asserting its lead ing role nationwide in sustainable development orientation, especially regarding clean energy, offshore wind power, education, and digital transformation, he said, pledging readiness to facilitate UK enterprises in exploring investment collaboration chances in these fields. Following the conference was the Clipper Race awards ceremony for outstanding teams in Race 7, Leg 5, with the Qingdao team standing at the top and followed by the Zhuhai and UNICEF squads./. Source: Vietnam News Agency