ERT today announced the award of a Space Environment Sensor Data Management and Analysis contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate, Battlespace Environment Division (AFRL/RVB).Under this four-year contract, ERT will support the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation weather system, helping to both improve space environment specification, forecast, mitigation, and exploitation, and to deliver actionable information to operational units.
This contract was awarded under a closed Broad Agency Announcement from AFRL/RVB’s Space Weather Center of Excellence and will be performed at the Mission Data Analysis Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. ERT will use innovative and process-driven development approaches to develop technologies that will achieve improved space weather system impact and mitigation and enhance the transition of space weather research to operations. Key requirements include the integration of space science algorithms, models, and prediction tools to enable transition of research-grade models to operations, software development, and information technology systems management to support compliance and security.
By adopting open standard data formats and designing a standard ontology-based data repository, ERT’s software engineers will provide AFRL and other stakeholders with the capability to ingest data from space observation platforms owned by various mission partners and distribute integrated products efficiently across other security enclaves.