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Air Force selects Slingshot Aerospace to bring artificial intelligence into space surveillance

7 Apr 2019, 20:37 UTC
Air Force selects Slingshot Aerospace to bring artificial intelligence into space surveillance
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COLORADO SPRINGS — The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center awarded Los Angeles-based Slingshot Aerospace a $6 million two-year contract to customize the company’s Orbital Atlas predictive space situational awareness software for military use.
The commercially developed Orbital Atlas “will enable warfighters to pivot from traditional space situational awareness focusing on space catalog maintenance toward a more tactical, predictive solution,” said Melanie Stricklan, chief technology officer and co-founder of Slingshot Aerospace.
The company uses artificial intelligence to analyze data from satellites, aerial drones and other sources. Slingshot announced the Air Force award on Friday and will be demonstrating the Orbital Atlas this week at the Space Symposium’s “Orbit Lounge.”
The contract was a competitive award by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s Space Superiority Systems Directorate. “SMC is eager to tap into the innovations of artificial intelligence and cloud computing,” Stricklan said.
The decision to use a commercial system like Orbital Atlas for space control activities comes as the Air Force seeks to augment government-developed technology to detect and characterize space threats. The Air Force for years has been developing the Joint Space Operations Center Mission System Increment 2, known as JMS, as its next-generation space situational ...

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