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June 6th, 2016

US Air Force Space Situational Awareness Contract Awarded To Orbit Logic

Orbit Logic has signed a Phase II SBIR contract sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to research and implement software to optimize the scheduling of observations of known space objects and the search for unknown space objects from ground observation sites for improved Space Situational Awareness (SSA).

Orbit Logic is teamed with the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Texas at Austin for this effort and the firm will be working closely with the AFRL team at the Maui Space Surveillance Site in the execution of this contract.

Sample Orbit Logic Prototype SSA Sensor Tasking Schedule Displayed in Systems Tool Kit (STK).

The work will leverage Orbit Logic’s existing scheduling software framework to rapidly prototype and compare new algorithms, refine figures-of-merit (FOM), and simulate and compare resulting observation schedules.  The University of Colorado and University of Texas will develop and refine Finite Set Statistics (FISST) methods to prioritize known-object observation opportunities and search areas for unknown space objects that are then scheduled within the Orbit Logic scheduling software.

This contract is a continuation of a successful Phase I contract in which Orbit Logic and its subcontractor team developed and demonstrated prototype software including an SSA-specific FOM, FISST prioritization and target density prediction methods, and methods for optimized tasking of ground sensors for SSA observations.
The proposed software solution will provide a configurable, automated system to improve sensor tasking efficiency and responsiveness for SSA applications.  The FISST algorithms for task prioritization, specialized scheduling algorithms for sensor tasking, and configurable SSA-specific figure-of-merit will together provide optimized and tunable scheduling for the Maui Space Surveillance Site and other sites and organizations across the U.S. military and for allies around the world.