The Virginia Polytechnic and State University of Blacksburg has formed the Center for Commercial Space Communications (CCSC) to apply the university's resources to the opportunities in commercial space communications.

With initial funding from Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), the interdisciplinary CCSC will develop, manage and conduct research programs in the commercial aspects of space communications, particularly low earth orbit satellites and the mobile, portable and personal radio services that they provide.

Virginia Tech said in a statement that these activities will be a major growth area for the satellite communications industry as many defense-oriented aerospace and electronics companies develop new commercial products and markets.

Corporate research projects, including those that qualify for co-funding from CIT, will be conducted through the CCSC.

CIT is a nonprofit corporation established by Virginia's General Assembly in 1984 to invest in research with market potential at state colleges and universities and help commercialize that research. It also supports technology companies throughout the state in a variety of ways.

CCSC will be part of Virginia Tech's Satellite Communications Group, a 19-year-old teaching and research program that has received more than $6 million in federal and corporate funding for space communications research.

Advanced Projects International Inc. of Lanham, a subsidiary of RJO Enterprises of Lanham, was acquired by InfoWare Inc. of Provo, Utah, to form InfoLink Technologies Inc. The new company is headquartered in Utah but maintains a sales and customer support office in Lanham. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Advanced Projects, founded in 1987 and acquired by RJO in 1989, develops document imaging systems based on emerging optical storage technologies.

InfoWare, which developes text-retrieval software products, has worked under contract from Advanced Projects to develop its Document Archival and Retrieval System product, which scans paper documents and stores the images on optical disks. The companies had combined annual revenue of $3 million in 1990. InfoLink said in a statement that its 1991 revenue is expected to exceed $5 million.

Phillips Publishing Inc. of Potomac acquired Telecom Outlook from Market Intelligence Research Corp. of Mountain View, Calif. Terms were not disclosed.

Telecom Outlook, a monthly newsletter providing market research and analysis of the telecommunications industry, will be merged into Telephone News, a weekly newsletter Phillips publishes with the same focus.

Caterair International of Bethesda, an airline in-flight food service provider, entered an agreement with Northwest Airlines to assume the management responsibility for Northwest's flight kitchen at Narita, Japan. The facility provides daily food service for 15 Northwest 747 flights, producing about 10,000 meals.

Software Architecture and Engineering Inc. of Arlington introduced the Strategic Networked Application Platform template, a computer-aided software engineering tool that accelerates the development of distributed applications such as airline operations control, communications network management and real-time financial analysis.

Group 1 Software, a provider of mail management and marketing support software, introduced Code-1 and MailStream Plus, two software packages used to code and presort mail to secure postage discounts offered by the U.S. Postal Service.

Systems Center Inc. of Reston introduced software that provides on-line analysis of communication problems on data networks by tracing multiple communications lines and performing fault isolation.

Phoenix Technology Ltd., a management consulting firm, opened in Rockville.

Marketing General Inc. of Alexandria, a marketing services company, opened an office in Montreal.

Planning Analysis Corp. moved its headquarters from Arlington to McLean.

Green Door, a vocational rehabilitation program for chronically mentally ill and homeless people, returned to the Denman-Werlich mansion in Washington after a two-year renovation.

Walker Risk Management of Fairfax, a construction management consulting firm, incorporated as Walker Risk Management Inc.

Kids Camera Action, a multimedia talent management agency for children, opened in Washington.

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