US-based technology firm Bluestaq has been contracted by the US Space Force (USSF) to expand space data catalogue.
In October 2019, Bluestaq received a $37m to continue the work under a Phase 3 SBIR Advanced Command and Control Enterprise Systems and Software (ACCESS) contract. This contract was awarded by the General Services Administration (GSA).
The new $280m two-year contract is an extension of the current ACCESS contract.
Known as the Unified Data Library (UDL), the project began in 2018 when the company was selected for the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract.
It is a joint initiative of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the USSF’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC).
UDL is a scalable space situational awareness repository stored in a cloud. It aims to streamline and simplify data rights management via a single location.
The existing library of space objects puts together all space situational awareness data collected from several commercial, academic, and government sources. It also makes commercial space data accessible to military users.
Under the latest award, Bluestaq will keep working on the development and data integration of the UDL.
In addition, the UDL is considered to simply the process of handing over the space traffic management from the US Department of Defense to the Department of Commerce.