Air Force wants better satellite data processing

The Air Force wants input on ways to modernize how it collects and processes data from defense and intelligence satellites.

The Air Force released a request for information to gather potential approaches to developing the Space Enterprise Vision (SEV). The system would be built on an open mission data processing framework. The department is interested in an integrator who would be responsible for handling the installation, verification and testing of the architecture and infrastructure.

SEV would collect and analyze data captured from space-based infrared systems, which includes the Defense Department’s requirements for missile warnings, missile defense, and battlespace awareness. The Air Force needs to process data from growing DOD and intelligence community satellites known as Overhead Persistent Infrared constellations.

The centerpiece of SEV will be an integrated framework of ground mission services that provide flexible, data-centric, and automation-driven capabilities to enable a range of data-gathering. These include enhanced satellite operations, mission management, ground control, and defensive cyberspace operations functions. Data and mission products will be available to external users and systems at multiple security levels.

The Air Force wants a government-owned MDP solution that is modular, scalable and flexible. The solution should:

  • Meet current mission requirements
  • Support OPIR evolving missions and user needs
  • Provide technical baseline and application programming interfaces.

Officials also want to install the solution at test locations, such as an OPIR Battlespace Awareness Center. In addition, they would allow industry to compete periodically to provide the MDP capabilities.

The Air Force released the RFI April 24. Responses are due by May 15.

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Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

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