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Saber Astronautics wins USAF grant for threat detection software

Liam Garman

Saber Astronautics to receive grant from USAF for threat detection software Sentinel, as part of the Small Business Innovation Research scheme.

Saber Astronautics wins USAF grant for threat detection software
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Saber Astronautics confirmed this week that it is the recipient of a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the US Air Force for space traffic management software Sentinel.

Sentinel seeks to mitigate risk for spacecraft by improving the onboard data analytics processes, in turn providing improved threat detection. As part of the agreement, Saber will support the military requirements of the US Space Force in geosynchronous orbit.

Nathan Parrott, director of Saber USA, welcomed the grant and explained what impact it would have on the space industry.

“One of the problems we have with space traffic management is that operators are overwhelmed in a sea of data, preventing them from identifying risky scenarios before they happen. Sentinel is an automated system that can continuously keep an eye on this ocean and pull out just the events that operators are interested in most, saving them time and improving accuracy,” he said.

Saber confirmed that is has already onboarded Sentinel into their Responsive Space Operations (RSOC) program, which oversees mission control in the US and Australia.

[Related: Saber Astronautics wins NASA grant for drag sail research]

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