The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to avoid losing in-orbit satellites in space with automated tracking methods, NextGov reports.
DARPA hopes the satellite tracking technology will help the Joint Space Operations Center, responsible for monitoring an estimated 22,000 spacecraft.
Chosen partners would help the Defense Department track individual satellites and create mathematical algorithms in order to determine whether a space vehicle could go missing or not, according to the request for proposal.
The Pentagon’s research arm said tracking and maintaining custody of satellites is difficult in crowded regions of space.
A satellite will frequently go missing but end up returning, forcing DARPA to apply analysis to determine what occurred, the agency said.
The agency will officially issue the RFP May 24, after which it hopes to choose partners that will develop technologies better than what the agency currently has.
Partners will then transition the software to deployment by the Joint Space Operations Center.