Australian government selects Lockheed Martin for space situational awareness system

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The Australian government has chosen Lockheed Martin’s intelligent Space (iSpace), which the company released a year ago, as its space situation awareness training and demonstration mission system.

Deployed within the Australian Space Operations Center, the iSpace demonstrator will provide key analytical tools to support derivation of future requirements for critical national defense missions. iSpace will fuse space surveillance data, including data from Australian sensors, into a recognized space picture that provides comprehensive knowledge of the space environment.

“The Commonwealth of Australia is an important ally for the U.S. and we are pleased to support their expanded role within the space situational awareness domain,” said Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin. “iSpace will be a key component in informing their operating concepts and capability needs.”

Lockheed Martin is an important player in Australia’s defense industry, although its involvement in the Australian space industry has been limited. The defense giant regularly supplies the Australian military with jets and submarines, having won a AU$700 million (US$567 million) contract earlier this year for submarines.

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