BAE SYSTEMS TO DEVELOP AUTONOMOUS SPACE-BASED SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY
DARPA has awarded BAE Systems’ FAST Labs research and development organization a contract for the Oversight autonomous space-based target custody program.
Traditional space intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) collection can be siloed, labour intensive, and unable to dynamically re-evaluate quickly enough to take advantage of new space systems. To address this, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Space Force, and the Space Development Agency are developing satellite constellations to improve the tactical relevance of U.S. space systems.
Proliferated low earth orbit satellite constellations are significantly expanding on-orbit ISR capabilities. The DARPA Oversight program will focus on creating an autonomous system that maintains constant “custody” of a large number of assets across new, diversified constellations. Under the terms of the program, the technology will be deployed to both tactical-edge satellites and ground stations.
Work on the program, which is part of BAE Systems’ autonomous technologies portfolio, includes collaboration with subcontractors OmniTeq and AIMdyn, Inc.