SciTec Wins Contract with US Space Force for Mission Data Processing Application Provider
BOULDER, Col., September 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — SciTec, Inc. has received a $272 million contract by the US Space Force Space Systems Command (SSC) for the Mission Data Processing Application Provider (MDPAP) to provide mission critical applications for the Space Force missile warning mission as part of the Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution (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. as part of this follow-up contract to meet non-fail the mission.” said David Simenc, Executive Director of SciTec and Head of FORGE. “We are excited to lead the same purpose-built team that has been with us throughout the prototype and to continue our partnership with SSC and the entire FORGE team to rapidly deliver next-gen capabilities to 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 LisowskiSciTec’s CEO 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 small business systems. on-board satellites providing the basis for a low-risk, high-risk system”. 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 Rapid Innovation Fund, SBIR Phase III and Tools Applications programs and Processing Lab (TAP Lab) at SSC,” Lisowski added. “The programs provided the resources to seek out difficult data processing challenges, such as dark target tracking, 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 headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, specializes in providing mission processing, simulation, systems engineering, instrumentation and test capabilities supporting integrated air and missile defense and aircraft survivability. The MDPAP effort will be executed from our Boulder, Colorado “App Factory” with distributed Agile development effort supported by SciTec staff in our Princeton; Dayton, Ohio; El Segundo, California; Huntsville, Alabama; and Herndon, Virginia offices as well as the facilities of our teammates.