- Laurence Russell
SCOUT, USSPACECOM sign agreement to share space situational awareness services and data
SCOUT Inc. a space tech company developing next-generation space traffic management and autonomous proximity operations services, and the Department of Defense of the United State of America (DoD), through the United States Space Command (USSPACECOM), have signed an agreement for space situational awareness (SSA) services and data.
The agreement, which was finalized in November of 2021, is in recognition of mutual interest by both parties in the use of space for peaceful purposes and the importance of maintaining safe space flight operations.
"This SSA data-sharing partnership with USSPACECOM further supplements and matures our data sets with additional layers of data and information. We’re developing the next generation of space traffic management systems, to better track and monitor assets in space, and this agreement is a testament to SCOUT’s commitment to supporting global space safety. Additionally, we’re pleased that the government is investing and leaning into the problem of space objects tracking and enhanced space domain awareness,” stated Eric Ingram, Founder and CEO of SCOUT.
USSPACECOM will provide SCOUT, upon request, data sets about orbit events, conjunctions, and anomalies enabling SCOUT to generate derivative data products.
Over the past year, SCOUT has made significant progress in terms of technology development and business expansion. Since June of 2021, SCOUT has been successfully operating in space, following the launch of their SCOUT-Vision proximity operation system. In December of 2021, Momentus, a leading in-space infrastructure company, selected SCOUT to deliver spacecraft vision capabilities for its upcoming missions.
In 2022, SCOUT announced its Autonomy Software for spacecraft, which include computer vision and guidance software to make navigation safer and less complex for space operators. These offerings include software-hardware integration providing: next-generation AI/ML-based autonomy, hybrid data fusion from various sensors, and closed-loop optical navigation control algorithms.