Space Situational Awareness

Space Situational Awareness

Omitron has domain expertise in Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and currently supports the Air Force, NRO, NASA and MDA on a number of critical programs providing deep experience and technical expertise in astrodynamics, probability, optimization and flight operations of space systems.

Support to Air Force Space Command

Omitron has a long history of successful performance in support of the space control, missile warning/defense, space Command & Control, and related mission areas.

Omitron has a significant role across the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Sensor Engineering Sustainment Operational Support and Repair contract (SENSOR) mission areas. These include the GEODSS product line, Eglin SLEP, operations at the NSDC, and analysis and sustainment on the Nontraditional Data Pre-Processor (NDPP) and BMEWS engineering groups.   Omitron is performing on the SENSOR contract primarily in the following areas:

  • Performing systems analyses, planning, and integration activities for all systems
  • Monitoring, analyzing, and reporting system performance metrics, anomalies, and trends on various systems
  • Responding to Government tasking for real-world and what-if modeling and simulation initiatives
  • Performing studies to assess system performance, evaluate alternatives, conduct trade­off analyses, and address other sustaining engineering issues
  • Providing engineering for requirements identification and planning for sustainment, life extension, and modernization initiatives
  • Software development and test support for various SENSOR sustainment efforts
  • UEWR anomaly analysis and resolution support
  • GEODSS and Eglin SLEP support

Subject Matter Expert (SME) support is in two functional areas:  Performance and Predictive Analysis (PPA) of the missile warning and space control sensors, and the Mission Engineering (ME) group. The PPA group monitors and maintains statistics and trends on the performance of the radar and electro-optical tracking systems. The Ad Con group consists of SME’s with expertise in astrodynamics (for both ballistic and orbital trajectories), systems engineering, and the operational missions of missile warning and space surveillance.

Astrodynamics Support Workstation

Omitron is the primary developer, maintainer, and operator of the Astrodynamics Support Workstation (ASW). Omitron responsibilities cut across all aspects of the space C2 mission:  sustaining engineering, operations (including 24/7 on-site support), systems administration, information assurance, testing, training, and project management. Omitron also supports performance analysis and modeling and simulation efforts related to SSA.

The ASW was the first mission system to produce full Special Perturbation (SP) Satellite Catalog and provide full SP Conjunction Assessment (CA) screenings.  It is tuned to the unique Space Surveillance Network data attributes and Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) mission requirements. Its state-of-the-art functionality has been validated by Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) and reviewed operationally by the JSpOC and various user agencies (NRO, 50th SW, and NASA). ASW develops and propagates state vectors used operationally for CA for all the AF Supported customers.  The information from ASW is published on to enable owners/operators to take appropriate measures.  CA runs are performed on over 1000 payloads (government, commercial, foreign) to support USSTRATCOM’s SSA sharing arrangement. The CA reports contain time of closest approach, miss distance, and covariance data.