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Rapid Discovery of Evasive Satellite Behaviors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-19-C-1018
Agency Tracking Number: F17C-T02-0037
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17-CT02
Solicitation Number: 17.C
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-09-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-09-06
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Principal Investigator
 Christopher Bowman
 Owner of DF&NN
 (303) 469-9828
Business Contact
 Dr. Christopher Bowman
Phone: (303) 469-9828
Research Institution
 Univ of Texas
 Moriba Jah Moriba Jah
210 E. 24th St
Austin, TX 78712
United States

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The problem addressed in this effort is to automatically learn historical ephemeris space catalog time, position, and velocity entity track update error uncertainties (i.e., without track error covariances) and to automatically (e.g., without expert event labeling) produce: – unmodeled non-gravitational space catalog update flags – abnormal unmodeled catalog update flags with abnormality scores – categorization of similar normal unmodeled from historical behavior in new catalog unmodeled update behavior – discovered temporal relationships in historical unmodeled satellite behaviors (e.g., station keeping maneuver temporal gaps with temporal uncertainties) – missed maneuver flags with confidences and other normal unmodeled behavior relationships predicted from discovered historical temporal relationships We will improve the RDESB prototype Ephemeris Abnormal Catalog Update (eACU) which is already detecting abnormal APES ephemeris track updates on a Thought Cloud virtual machine in Bldg. 423 at Kirtland AFB. The second on-line data source is the Nebula Data Lake at the National Space Defense Center (NSDC). The Phase 2 RDESB goal is to provide threat indications and warnings left of significant unknown events in the NSDC following the same operationalization path DF&NN has for ACU implementation under an AFRL installation program.

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