Staff in the Lexington Command, Control, and Communication Test Bed develop and test software tools.

Information Integration and Decision Support

The nation's satellites perform critical civil, scientific, and national defense functions, such as navigation, communications, weather forecasting, astronomical observations, and surveillance. Our researchers are developing software tools that can help the military track, monitor, control, and protect these valuable satellites. The decision support software must rapidly ingest data from various sensors and databases, and then integrate those data to create a reliable picture of the current state of the satellites and make predictions about evolving activities in space. Such space situational awareness is important for military personnel who manage U.S. space assets. We also use this software to build simulations that researchers and military operators can use in training or in planning exercises.

Featured Projects

Optical sensors, such as the Space Surveillance Telescope, collect data that are processed by analysts at Air Force sites who use OPAL to provide detections of space objects.
Our researchers developed a software architecture that allows analysts to rapidly run algorithms on the volumes of sensor data collected about space objects.
Space Tactics Interns learn the operations of the high-power Millstone Hill radar that tracks space vehicles and space debris.
A program created by the Air Force Space Command and Lincoln Laboratory gives participants experience with advanced systems and processes for managing space operations.

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Capt. Stefanie Coward, a deputy flight commander with the 1st Space Operations Squadron, attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory during her Space Tactics Internship, October 2017, at Lexington, Massachusetts.
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