Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-09-C-0106
Agency Tracking Number: F083-039-0205
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-039
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-02-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-05-09
Small Business Information
6825 Pine Street, Suite 141, Omaha, NE, 68106
DUNS: 949183701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Woodley
 (573) 329-8526
Business Contact
 Stuart Aldridge
Title: CFO
Phone: (402) 505-7887
Research Institution
There is a need for a next-generation integrative decision support system for Space Control operations. This next-generation system should provide high-level capabilities for managing case files containing evidence, expert opinions, and data relationships. The system should enhance operator awareness by highlighting salient aspects of the case file, critical relationships, and confidence assessments. Pedigree management is important for confidence assessment, but the system must also provide mechanisms to help see beyond the pedigree horizon. The system must be able to combine human and machine-generated information in an intuitive, collaborative, and operator-tunable manner. 21st Century Systems Incorporated proposes to apply its expertise in developing Intelligence-based Decision Support Systems to the challenge of creating the next generation Space Control decision support system. Many of the core challenges have been addressed in our Webster-ACE (Agent Case Expert) project, but there is significant work required to adapt it for the needs of Space Control operations. In this proposal, we provide an introduction to salient aspects of the Webster-ACE technology and present a work plan for undertaking the innovative work required to adapt these aspects for Space Control operations. The name of our concept is the Agent Case Expert for Space Control Decision Support or Space-ACE. BENEFIT: In support of the JFCC, the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) requires advanced operator-tunable data association and filtering techniques to identify pertinent, high-valued, actionable information in support of Space Situation Awareness extracted from incoming data streams and cyber chat. With Space-ACE, the potential exists to identify serious threats to spacecraft in order to prevent adverse actions before they happen. Assessments generated by Space-ACE will provide JSpOC, USSTRATCOM, and Combatant Commanders the necessary information for Space Control operations for the Space Command & Control (C2) Weapons System and through NECC networks via web-services access to the algorithms. 21CSI fully intends to build and transition key technological elements  the collaborative agent concept, information inferencing products using the collaborative environment derived from 21CSIs Evidential Reasoning Network (ERN) technology to suitable USAF and DoD development centers for concurrent data mining. The commercial transition is similar to the military transition. The target customer list is somewhat narrow, but very important in terms of overall capabilities and revenue generation. Commercial satellite services revenue grew at an impressive rate from $86.9 billion in 2005 to $111.1 billion in 2006, while commercial space infrastructure revenue was up from $28.7 billion in 2005 to $33.1 billion in 2006. Commercial satellite services represent the dominant space sector accounting for 50 percent of space economic activities. Direct-to-home television services were up 20 percent to $55 billion in 2006. The commercial space industry is enormous and is totally dependent on a relatively small number of on orbit vehicles essentially low density, high demand assets. The $55 billion direct-to-home television service in the U. S. currently has 18 on-orbit satellites. In this high risk business a single satellite on orbit represents an investment in excess of $300 million. ┬áIn commercial space, just as in military space, you cant protect what you cant see. The U. S. commercial space industry, as well as the U. S. military, currently has a very difficult time seeing into space and understanding what is happening to critical on orbit assets. Sensors and systems are in development to provide information about what is happening in space. Space-ACE will provide more rapid and effective fusion and overall understanding of the picture in space improved space situational awareness. More rapid and effective understanding means more rapid and effective response in situations that could potentially result in the loss or destruction of critical space resources.

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