Long-term Sustainable Net-centric Framework for Space Surveillance Networks (LOSSLESS)

Award Information
Department of Defense
Award Year:
Phase I
Award Id:
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
MD, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, 20855-2737
Hubzone Owned:
Minority Owned:
Woman Owned:
Principal Investigator:
Julia Deng
Principal Scientist
(301) 294-5209
Business Contact:
Mark James
Director, Contracts and Proposals
(301) 294-5221
Research Institute:

ABSTRACT: The United States Space Surveillance Network is a critical part of United States Strategic Command's (USSTRATCOM) mission and involves detecting, tracking, cataloging and identifying artificial objects orbiting Earth, i.e. active/inactive satellites, spent rocket bodies, or fragmentation debris. the modernization of the SSN faces three challenges: 1) how to seamless upgrade SSN with modern COTS hardware without software porting; 2) how to improve the accuracy of tracking target by collaborating geographically spread sensors; 3) how to dynamically schedule tasks to respond to unexpected space events. To address these problems, Intelligent Automation, Inc. proposes a Long-term Sustainable Net-centric Framework for Space Surveillance Networks (LOSSLESS). LOSSLESS can run both legacy and new software on top of modern COTS hardware by leveraging state-of-the-art Virtual Machine (VM) technologies. With proposed distributed net-centric data fusion algorithm, LOSSLESS can significantly improve the tracking accuracy of current SSN. LOSSLESS can also respond to unexpected dynamic space events based on an innovative dynamic tasking algorithm. In summary, the proposed LOSSLESS framework can meet the future requirement of space target tracking for the United States Space Surveillance Network. BENEFIT: The proposed solution has tremendous applications potential in dynamic military applications. The legacy system (both hardware and software) of United States Space Surveillance Network requires major investment of capital to re-host and rewrite the software for the upgrade. Similar cases happened for many military weapon systems (e.g., F-16 general avionics computer, AC-130H gunship mission computer SKC-3007A, MH-60K mission computer AP-102A, etc.). Potential applications of our proposed framework include United States Space Surveillance Network and military weapon system. The market size of the upgrading military legacy system may grow rapidly as more and more weapon systems'legacy computer system cannot meet the new mission requirements. Beyond DOD programs, we also plan to transition the technology to commercial applications. Potential applications of our proposed approach include commercial avionics radars and weather monitoring systems. The size of the market is quite large and may grow rapidly with the commercial demand of upgrade the system with modern COTS hardware.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government