Space Systems Command studies industry on software to support object detection and tracking


The U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command (SSC) studies industry on software concepts to support new systems for the space domain awareness mission conducted by various units, including the 18th Space Defense Squadron (18 SDS ) at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, and Joint Task Force-Space Defense at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado.

Such software “would support decommissioning of existing legacy systems at 18 SDS, including potential functionality of systems such as the Space Defense Operations Center (SPADOC); Ephemeris Correlation, Analysis and Verification Network (CAVENet); Astrodynamic Support Workstation (ASW); Special Disturbance Tasker (SP Tasker); [and] non-traditional data preprocessor (NDPP),” according to a July 30 Request for information (RFI).

“It could also support mission area enhancements such as cooperative and non-cooperative launch tracking in proliferated low Earth orbit, automation of routine functionality, etc.,” according to the advisory. “This RFI supports analysis of all of these capabilities to inform future budget and program decisions. Additional separate RFIs may be issued in support of other capabilities/requirements. As far as possible, the [Space Force] would like to understand from your responses how your technology and operational concepts for this imperative could enable, connect and contribute to all capabilities. These organizations would also like to understand the scalability and adaptability of the concepts you are proposing. »

Tracking objects in space relies on a number of systems.

Six Northrop Grumman [NOC] The Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness program is in orbit and the company is developing the Deep-Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) ground-based radar to enhance the Deep-Space Ground-based Electro-Optical Surveillance System (GEODSS) of the company for in-depth monitoring. space objects (daily defense, April 14). In February, the US Space Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $341 million contract to build the first DARC radar, to be deployed in the Indo-Pacific region in 2025.

SSC said the accurate tracking of space debris and satellites will allow operators to be alerted in time to maneuver a satellite away from danger.

In April, SSC said the Space Force Unified Data Library (UDL) go-live timeline is uncertain, but Space Force was continuing a prototype effort for the UDL to serve as a centralized data repository. and cloud-based for Space Domain Awareness/Space Defense, and likely for the Department of the Air Force’s Advanced Combat Management System (ABMS) and JADC2 (Joint All Domain Command and Control) of the Pentagon (daily defenseApril 14).

One organization that must use the UDL is the Joint Task Force-Space Defense at Schriever.

Last year, based in Colorado Bluestaq LLC received a $280 million contract to develop the UDL for Space Force (daily defenseMay 4, 2021).

L3Harris Technologies’ [LHX] The Advanced Launch Tracking and Analysis System (ATLAS) is to replace SPADOC.

Space Force expects ATLAS to lead to a dramatic increase in the speed of processing and integrating space domain awareness data from commercial, civilian, and military space sensors.

Omitron and Parsons Corp. [PSN] are contractors to L3Harris on ATLAS.

In 1989, the Department of the Air Force last updated SPADOC, established in 1979 at the Cheyenne Mountain complex of the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado.

ATLAS must extract data from the UDL and exploit machine-machine interfaces to accelerate the delivery of spatial domain awareness data.

In October 2018, the Department of the Air Force awarded a $53 million contract to L3Harris for ATLAS.

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