BAE Systems Helps DARPA Test Space Technologies to Protect Against Emerging Threats

RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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 U.S. 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, defense, 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 utilize 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.

Contacts

BAE Systems
Mark Daly, +1 603-885-1144
Mobile: + 1 603-233-7636
mark.g.daly@baesystems.com
www.baesystems.com/US
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