SCOUT Wins AFWERX SBIR Phase II to Advance Space Domain Awareness (SDA)

Real-time analysis of the position and orientation of a CubeSat using a SCOUT hover digital twin

SCOUT’s AI-based state measurement of synthetically generated spacecraft; background removed for clarity

AFRL/RIE and Space Force Delta 2 will work with SCOUT to advance SDA metric observation tasks and catalog augmentation using spatial sensing

We demonstrate different operational concepts for SDA that were not feasible until now, considering space object simulation requirements and architectural implementation challenges. ”

— Sergio Gallucci, co-founder and technical director of SCOUT

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, USA, July 22, 2022 / — SCOUT area Inc., a provider of spaceflight hardware, software and data developing solutions to improve safety and transparency in space, today announced that it has been awarded a Phase II SBIR contract through AFWERX, the management of Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) technology and Departmental Air Force arm innovation. SCOUT will work with AFRL/RIE (Intelligence Systems Division) and Space Operations Command (SpOC) Delta 2 to advance classical Space Domain Awareness (SDA) metric observation tasks and augmentation of the catalog using spatial sensing.

SCOUT’s dual-purpose space-based sensing technology will be validated to improve the Space Force’s delivery of timely, responsive, and secure data about the space domain to the warfighter. SCOUT will demonstrate data protocol development and platform integration, which will accelerate certificates to implement this capability.

This project will refine the concepts of operations applicable to Delta 2 and AFRL/RIE missions using dual-purpose tasks, processing and exploitation of space observations of resident space objects.

“SCOUT capabilities enable more persistent coverage of objects in orbit without the blackout periods associated with legacy ground sensing. Our Phase II effort with Delta-2 and AFRL/RIE is an opportunity to demonstrate the added value of proliferative sensing to the operational dataset,” said Sergio Gallucci, co-founder and CTO of SCOUT. “We are demonstrating different operational concepts for SDA that were not feasible until now, given the simulation requirements of Objects and architectural implementation challenges The SpOC mission requires more dynamic and operationalized data, and our team’s spatial data offerings seek to fill these gaps.

“We have gaps in our SDA enterprise and we are always looking for new capabilities to fill those gaps,” noted Col Marc Brock, Space Force Delta 2 Commander. SCOUT’s space-based and automatically generated commercial analytic products and services have the potential to become critical enablers for Delta 2’s mission.”

In March 2022, SCOUT announced the signing of a commercial SSA data sharing agreement with USSPACECOM which includes the 18th Space Defense Squadron under Delta-2. SCOUT is currently participating in the third cohort of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Accelerator, which involved refining its spatial data frameworks.

About the SCOUT Space:
SCOUT Space was founded in 2019 with the mission to enable a new era of security and transparency in space. SCOUT’s space products and services, first launched in June 2021, enable spacecraft to see and understand the things around them. The distributed sensor orbital network developed by SCOUT will significantly improve space domain awareness (SDA) and ensure responsible use of the space environment. The company is a startup backed by Techstars, MassChallenge, and a company with ongoing government contracts and paid commercial pilots. SCOUT holds the Workbench® Startup of the year 2021® Title. For more information, visit

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