DARPA Awards BAE $12.8M to Develop a Virtual Space Warfare Lab!

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1. BAE awarded how much?

WASHINGTON — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $12.8 million to develop a digital lab to help U.S. military commanders prepare for combat in outer space, the company announced Nov. 14, 2017.

- via Giphy

- via Giphy

This contract, dubbed the “Hallmark Testbed", is the next phase of project Hallmark, launched in 2016 to support military efforts to hone space-war fighting skills. Current space awareness tools and technologies were developed when there were fewer objects in space. “That situation has changed dramatically in the past decade with a developing space industry flooding once lonely orbits with volleys of satellite constellations”, noted DARPA representative. Against this backdrop, “commanders with responsibility for space domain awareness often rely on outdated tools and processes — and incomplete information — as they plan, assess, and execute operations in space.”

Image statement from DARPA’s home website page

Image statement from DARPA’s home website page

2. VR for national space defense..

DARPA expects BAE’s virtual space-battle zone will give U.S. military leaders a better understanding of the space environment and its potential threats. Therefore, giving commanders a better gain for situational awareness, where they learn how to quickly interpret, track, and react to objects that are moving at extreme velocities in space. 

“Military commanders must have superior space domain awareness in order to quickly assess, plan and execute operations in this increasingly complex environment,” said Mike Penzo, director of ground resiliency and analytics at BAE Systems, in Reston, Virginia.

Image of the continuous partnership DARPA and BAE have had in the past

Image of the continuous partnership DARPA and BAE have had in the past

3. The Goal..

The goal of this contract is to focus on space situational awareness and command-and-control technologies. DARPA will later beef this testbed up with new features that provide “realistic, scenario-based exercises for testing space command-and-control technologies against sophisticated emerging threats.”

For more information, please visit:

 https://www.darpa.mil/

http://www.baesystems.com/en/article/helping-darpa-test-space-technologies-to-protect-against-emerging-threats