DARPA Solicits Research Proposals for Space Command & Control Software Testbed Program

softwareThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has asked industry to submit research proposals for the Software Testbed part of the Hallmark program that seeks to develop new technology platforms for U.S. space command and control.

DARPA said in a broad agency announcement published Friday on FedBizOpps the Hallmark-ST effort aims to design, build and maintain an enterprise software architecture for a testbed of tools that will work to integrate systems designed for space-based C2 and situational awareness operations.

“We envision a system that would fuse information from diverse sources and vastly reduce the overall time required to make and execute decisions and observe results,” Brad Tousley, director of the tactical technology office at DARPA, said Friday.

“An advanced testbed featuring playback and simulation capabilities would significantly facilitate research and development activities, experiments, and exercises to evaluate new technologies for their impact on space command and control capabilities,” Tousley added.

According to DARPA, the enterprise architecture would serve as the foundation of the Hallmark Space Evaluation and Analysis Capability testbed that is expected to be based in Northern Virginia.

The agency said it plans to award up to $16 million in funds for the Hallmark-ST program’s initial base period, $4 million for the second optional phase and $1.5 million for the third optional phase.

Research proposals are due Aug. 15, according to the BAA.

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