Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $3.9 million contract to help the U.S. Air Force build technology for monitoring orbital objects and preventing satellite collisions.
The company will design a non-traditional data pre-processor system to protect U.S. space assets under the Integrated Space Command and Control program, the company said Thursday.
“Cars we drive on Earth have mirrors and sensors to prevent bumps and scrapes, but if you’re trying to avoid rapidly moving debris in space, you’ll need enhanced situational awareness,” said Rob Smith, Lockheed vice president of C4ISR systems.
NDPP will be linked to the ISC2 space data server and help operators share sensor data with the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lockheed says.
The ISC2 program is intended to alert the president and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the event of an attack on North America.