Scout Space nabs DARPA deal to simulate autonomous satellite swarming | Space

WASHINGTON — Scout Space has been selected by the Pentagon’s far future agency to demonstrate software to support high-fidelity space domain awareness (SDA) sensors and autonomous on-orbit maneuvers, the company announced today.

Philip Hover-Smoot, CEO of the Virginia-based startup, told Breaking Defense that Scout’s two-phased effort ultimately will result in a simulation featuring tiny satellites autonomously swarming to perform an on-orbit inspection mission.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) tapped Scout Space to join its Bringing Classified Innovation to Defense and Government Systems (BRIDGES) Consortium.

The BRIDGES program, created in 2022, “aims to tap into innovation from companies that traditionally do not work with the DOD on classified research and development efforts. BRIDGES will connect innovators directly to the challenging problems that exist in the classified realm so they can help develop solutions.” BRIDGES research efforts stretch across multiple warfighting domains, including several specifically related to space tech.

Scout, for example, will be working under the BRIDGES research topic “Advancing Autonomous In-Space Threat Response for Space Superiority,” which was announced last September. “With this topic, the…

Source breakingdefense.com

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