NASHUA, N.H., Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Windmill International, Inc. today announced that it has received a Tibbetts Award from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for its KA-10, Suitcase Portable Satellite Receive Suite designed to allow Special Operations Forces access to the Global Broadcast Service (GBS) high-bandwidth data feed anywhere, worldwide. SBA presents the awards to companies and individuals that have advanced technological innovation and economic growth.
"This award recognizes our success in leveraging the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to develop, field and support a very unique product for the Warfighter," said Windmill's CEO, Harry A. Pape. "We were able to take this initial Air Force SBIR project, and build a successful innovative product development and support capability that has rapidly become more than half of our business base and the driver of our current growth."
Windmill's Tibbetts Award recognizes the company's work meeting the Department of Defense's never-ending demand for more data available directly to platoons and squads on the battlefield. The KA-10 allows an individual to travel worldwide on commercial aircraft, and carry as luggage the means to access DoD's GBS broadcast. GBS provides multiple simultaneous streaming UAV video feeds, current satellite imagery, and large data files very quickly.
David Martin, heading Windmill's Tactical SATCOM business development activities, accepted the award at a ceremony on 15 Feb in Washington, DC. Afterward, he met with SBA Administrator Karen Mills, and attended a reception at the White House.
"This is a proud day not only for Windmill International, but also for the city of Nashua," said Sean Greene, SBA's Associate Administrator for Investment and Senior Advisor for Innovation. "Companies like Windmill represent the best in American ingenuity."
February 15th also saw the issuing if Windmill's third US Patent on their "Portable Antenna Positioner Apparatus and Method" based on this SBIR work. They also have an Australian patent and other US and international patents pending.
About Windmill International, Inc.
Windmill is a veteran-owned, small business headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire. Founded in 1988, the company has grown continuously and built an excellent reputation with its customers as a highly efficient and skilled solutions-provider. Windmill's diverse portfolio of capabilities includes: government acquisition and program management, configuration and data management services, logistics support services, systems test and support engineering, international sales and security assistance, technology innovation, and software development. Windmill provides solutions to a wide variety of customers around the world. Windmill became an employee-owned company in 2005 with the establishment of an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP). This dynamic initiative ensures the longevity of the company while maintaining focus on customer service and quality and rewarding membership for exceptional corporate performance. For more information, visit www.windmill-intl.com
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