US Space Force awards $272 million contract to SciTec for data analytics applications – Parabolic Arc

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 9, 2022 (SciTec PR) — SciTec, Inc. has been awarded a $272 million contract by the U.S. Space Force Space Systems Command (SSC) for the Mission Data Processing Application Provider (MDPAP) to provide critical applications for the Space Force missile warning mission under the Future Evolution of Operationally Resilient Ground (FORGE program). The FORGE program supports continued operations of legacy Space Infrared System (SBIRS) capabilities while providing modernized enterprise solutions scalable to the next generation of airborne Persistent Infrared (OPIR) sensors.

This contract is the result of a year-long prototype competition held through the Space Enterprise Consortium Other Transaction Authority (SpEC OTA) between three teams led by non-traditional companies.

“The prototyping effort under SpEC has allowed us to develop and demonstrate key aspects of our modular, scalable, extensible and cyber-resilient applications for FORGE Mission Data Processing (MDP) on which we rely. under this follow-on contract to meet the no-fail mission,” said David Simenc, SciTec Executive Director and Head of FORGE. “We are thrilled to be leading the same dedicated team that has been with us throughout of the prototype and to continue our partnership with SSC and the entire FORGE team to rapidly deliver the next generation capabilities for the nation.”

Its teammates include Centil, Cosmic Advanced Engineering Solutions, L3Harris Technologies, Monterey Technologies, Outside Analytics and Raytheon Technologies.

Under the MDPAP, SciTec will further develop, tune and integrate advanced algorithms, signal processing, graphical user interfaces and data communication components to provide operational software foundations for strategic missile warning missions and real-time theater. Jim Lisowski, CEO of SciTec, shares that their code builds on a legacy of capabilities that “are deployed today in satellite ground stations, command and control centers, government labs, community clouds and on-board small satellite systems providing the basis for a low risk system and high performance MDPAP solution.

“Our OPIR CDM capabilities have been developed through R&D programs such as Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and other large agency announcements and refined through operational trials through the Rapid Innovation Fund, the Phase III from SBIR and the Tools Applications and Processing Lab (TAP Lab) from SSC. added Mr. Lisowski. “The programs provided the resources to research tough data processing challenges, such as tracking dark targets, and then provided the ‘trial by fire’ as we integrated into operational systems and received feedback from operators.”

FORGE MDPAP will provide modernized mission processing capabilities aligned with current and future OPIR space segments and the capabilities needed to address the evolving threat. MDPAP’s scalable architecture supports the legacy SBIRS, consisting of geosynchronous Earth orbiting (GEO) satellites and polar coverage satellites in highly elliptical orbiting (HEO); SBIRS NextGen GEO and NexGen Polar systems; as well as emerging systems in Low and Medium Earth Orbit (LEO/MEO). This modernization includes the development of a new, intuitive user-defined interface to enable mission operations across this increased space layer and improve ease of use for space operators.

SciTec, a small non-traditional company based in Princeton, New Jersey, specializes in providing mission processing, simulation, systems engineering, instrumentation and test capabilities supporting air defense and integrated missile defense and aircraft survivability. The MDPAP effort will be run from our “App Factory” in Boulder, Colorado, with the distributed Agile development effort supported by SciTec staff in our Princeton; Dayton, Ohio; El Segundo, California; Huntsville, Alabama; and offices in Herndon, Va., as well as facilities for our teammates.

Lance B. Holton