Space domain awareness to be advanced by SCOUT Space through SBIR AFWERX contract – SatNews

Espace SCOUT Inc. was granted a SBIR phase II contract through AFWERXthe technology department of Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the innovation branch of the Air Force Department. SCOUT will work with AFRL/RIE (Intelligence Systems Division) and the Space Operations Command (SpOC) Delta 2 to advance classical spatial domain awareness (SDA) metric observation tasks and catalog augmentation using spatial sensing.

SCOUT’s dual-purpose spatial sensing technology will be validated to improve the United States Space Force‘s (USSF) provides the warfighter with timely, responsive and secure space domain data. 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 the Delta 2 and AFRL/RIE missions using dual-purpose tasks, the processing and exploitation of space observations of resident space objects.

In March 2022, SCOUT announced the signing of a SSA Data Sharing Business Agreement with USSPACECOM which includes the 18th Space Defense Squadron below Delta-2.

SCOUT is currently participating in the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) Acceleratorthe third cohort of , which involved refining its spatial data frameworks.

SCOUT capabilities allow for more persistent coverage of objects in orbit without the blackout periods associated with legacy terrestrial sensing. Our Phase II effort with Delta-2 and AFRL/RIE is an opportunity to demonstrate the added value of proliferative sensing solutions to the operational dataset,” said Sergio Gallucci, Co-founder and CTO of SCOUT. “We demonstrate different operational concepts for SDA that were not feasible until now, considering space object simulation requirements 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 business and we are always looking for new capabilities to ffill those gaps,” said Col Marc Brockcommander of Space Force Delta 2.”SCOUT’s non-classified, space-based non-terrestrial imagery capability and automatically generated commercial analytical products and services have the potential to become mission critical enablers for Delta 2.

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, allow 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 an enterprise with ongoing government contracts and paid commercial pilots. SCOUT holds the Established® 2021 Startup of the Year® title. For more information, visit www.scout.space.