SATCAST-Space Awareness Toolkit for Calculating Anomalies to Satellite Tasking

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-6912
Agency Tracking Number: F081-017-0269
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF081-017
Solitcitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
APTIMA, INC.
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
Duns: 967259946
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Picciano
 Human Systems Engineer
 (781) 935-3966
 ppicciano@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The potentially catastrophic impact of enemy attacks on U.S. space assets, hence military missions, has led to recent efforts to improve Defensive Counter Space (DCS) workflow capabilities by increasing Space Situational Awareness (SSA). Critical for enhanced SSA, and therefore DCS workflow, is the ability to (a) distinguish natural space weather effects from enemy attacks on satellites and (b) assess satellite functionality and its impact on mission capability. Aptima proposes to develop a proof-of-concept of a Space Awareness Toolkit for Calculating Anomalies to Satellite Tasking (SATCAST). In Phase I, the Aptima team proposes a two-pronged approach to develop a system to augment Space Situational Awareness (SSA). First, we believe a dynamic interface is needed to support the range of users and variety of tasks supported by SSA. Second, we propose to utilize historical space weather data and associated platform effects as a way to devise decision support algorithms and models. The algorithms and database will be designed to aid in discriminating natural phenomena from hostile acts, predict potential impact on current and future missions for planning, contribute to the Single Integrated Space Picture (SISP), and preserve Space Superiority for our nation.

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