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BAE Systems awarded DARPA contract to develop space evaluation and analysis testbed

Posted 16 November 2017 · Add Comment

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $12.8 million to develop an innovative space evaluation and analysis testbed to support the development, integration, evaluation and analysis of advanced space enterprise command and control (C2) tools and capability technologies.



The US military must be able to quickly establish situational awareness and execute operations in space. Within the space domain, many thousands of objects that are moving at extreme velocities must be tracked and managed. This information must be fused with land, air, sea, cyber, defence, and intelligence data in order to make critical, time-sensitive decisions to protect space assets while supporting terrestrial missions.

“Military commanders must have superior space domain awareness in order to quickly assess, plan, and execute operations in this increasingly complex environment,” said Mike Penzo, Director of Ground Resiliency and Analytics at BAE Systems. “The Hallmark testbed is designed to help the military quickly evaluate and integrate technologies for space C2.”

BAE Systems will utilise its vast experience in space domain awareness as it works to design and develop a state-of-the-art, flexible, scalable, and secure enterprise software architecture that would become the backbone of technology development and experimentation. The architecture would facilitate the creation of a testbed facility – the Space Enterprise Analysis Capability (SEAC) – that would support the modelling of current and future space situational awareness and C2 technologies. The SEAC would also enable realistic, scenario-based exercises for testing space C2 technologies against sophisticated emerging threats.

BAE Systems’ testbed would support live data feeds from diverse sources and provide strong security and data protection for varying levels of classification, in addition to external interfaces to support air, cyber, land, and sea environments. To meet the goals of the Hallmark program, the BAE Systems team plans to host exercises at the SEAC to collect metrics for Hallmark’s cognitive evaluation team, as well as identify new and improved tools and technologies for potential future use by the Joint Space Operations Center and the National Space Defense Center.

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