SciTec, with a team including Monterey Technologies, Inc., wins $272 million Space Force contract for data analytics software

SPACE NEWS
by Sandra Erwin

WASHINGTON — SciTec, a small business based in Princeton, New Jersey, won a $272 million contract to develop software to analyze data collected by the U.S. military’s early-warning infrared satellites.

The Space Systems Command announced the contract Sept. 8. SciTec edged out competitors Maxar and Altamira in a project to develop data processing applications that take in raw sensor data and turn it into information for military users, civilian first responders and researchers.

The contract is in support of a new ground system to collect and process data from the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) and the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (Next-Gen OPIR) missile warning satellites.

The new ground system, called Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution (FORGE), is still in development. The Space Force in 2020 selected Raytheon Technologies to design the FORGE operating system.

“After performing competitive prototyping among three nontraditional companies for one year, the down-select and award went to SciTec,” Col. Dan Walter, strategic missile warning senior materiel leader at Space Systems Command, said in a statement. “This is a no-fail mission, and we’re excited for the game-changing applications being delivered.”

For the competition, SciTec developed applications, for example, for dim target tracking and for data fusion. The company teamed up with Centil, Cosmic Advanced Engineering Solutions, L3Harris Technologies, Monterey Technologies, Outside Analytics and Raytheon Technologies. The companies held demonstrations at the Space Force’s TAP Lab, short for Tools Applications and Processors lab, in Boulder, Colorado.

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