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The US Space Force is preparing to decommission the system that tracked space activity and transition to a new system by the end of the year on an “aggressive schedule”, according to service and space officials. ‘industry.
L3Harris Technologies is building the Advanced Launch Tracking and Analysis System (ATLAS) – part of the Space Command and Control Architecture – following the Space Operations Center Mission System Breakout joint (JMS). It modernizes the Space Force’s space command and control capabilities using modern software development methods.
The space command and control architecture has been operationally accepted, said Brigadier General Tim Sejba, program director for Space Battle Management Command, Control and Communications & Space Domain Awareness and Combat Power. Legacy JMS data feeds are provided to operators.
“When it comes to ATLAS, we’ve been following a very aggressive schedule to deliver capabilities here,” Sejba said, adding that L3Harris’ first application is about to begin development testing.
About a year ago, Space Force adopted a concept of conducting development and operational testing in an integrated manner, he said. “The idea is to be able to bring developers, industry players and operational testers together and do all the testing at the same time.”