Advanced Systems Technology
Advanced Space Systems
"SPC has decades of experience supporting large, complex space programs."

satelliteSPC supports a number of innovative projects across a wide range of space technologies and concepts, that enable assured rapid responsiveness, survivability, surveillance, situational awareness, sustainment, persistence, protection, tracking, communication, navigation, early-warning, and launch control and efficiency in space operations. SPC’s team of experts includes decades of support to large, complex space programs including critical design, integration, ground test, launch services, and flight demonstration. SPC has decades of experience managing and developing classified efforts up to the Top Secret/SCI/SAR levels.

Advanced Space Systems Portfolio
The technologies within the Advanced Space Systems portfolio span the entire range of requirements for space system design and development for launch, bus design, payload design, and algorithm development. In addition to support of existing programs, the portfolio requires new concept development toward new program starts, growing the range of development thrusts. Management of these advanced space system development programs requires a team combining detail-oriented support of key technical areas with an overarching vision for the strategic objectives. SPC has a long history of working with complex, multi-performer programs in a wide range of fields as diverse as robotics, ground/sea/air/space platforms, optics and lasers, RF and radar systems, algorithms and cyber security, and space systems.
Small Satellite, Fast Access Spacecraft Testbed Eyes (FASTEyes)
SPC was selected to investigate the potential path for reducing the government’s reliance on a few large, expensive satellite platforms and migrate toward smaller, less expensive, and perhaps multiple satellite platforms with similar capabilities. The company was contracted by the TTO Office Director to perform the Small Satellite study effort. SPC performed the study under DARPA’s Fast Access Spacecraft Testbed (FAST) program, which seeks to improve the DoD’s ability to rapidly deploy and reposition satellites, as well as monitor the geosynchronous environment. FAST also aims to permit responsive launch capabilities including deployment of small geosynchronous satellites on small launch vehicles. The program demonstrated a suite of critical technologies, including high efficiency solar cells, sunlight concentrating arrays, large deployable structures, and ultra light weight solar arrays.

SPC’s team of technical experts gathered information from relevant commercial and government players in the small satellite community, performed extensive background research and data mining, and prepared and revised charts and briefings detailing the study’s findings in relation to the reduction of construction and launch costs. Members of the SPC team qualified in laser and optical systems performed analyses for the resolution and range of imager performer parameters. This included a multi-parameterized design analysis of high resolution active laser imaging concepts, such as laser parameters of power, efficiency, and wave length; transceiver parameters including aperture size, telescope design, and sensor array; and system parameters such as overall system size and weight. Although created specifically for the FASTEyes effort, the resulting documentation is of direct relevance to the larger field of space exploration.

Integrated Sensor Is Structure (ISIS)
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DARPA’s Integrated Sensor Is Structure (ISIS) program is devoted to crafting a sensor that is fully integrated into a stratospheric airship capable of persistent wide-area surveillance, tracking, and engagement for time-critical air and ground targets in urban and rural environments. ISIS is achieving radical sensor improvements by melding next-generation technologies for enormous lightweight antenna apertures and high-energy density components into a highly integrated, lightweight, multi-purpose airship structure completely erasing the distinction between payload and platform. The SPC team supporting ISIS is composed of technical experts in fields ranging from radars and fuel cells to air battle management.

For ISIS, the many components of the program system required the inclusion of experts to cover all areas of the program technology. SPC assembled a team knowledgeable in all pertinent program areas, including radar, fuel cells, software, composite materials, earned value management, and flight tests and operational system designs. The SPC team works seamlessly to provide a consistent level of support, with financial, administrative, and technical personnel constantly engaging and keeping one another apprised of program status. SPC maintained close interaction with the performer through participation in the Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) and provided the government extremely in-depth details of the design and related issues – critical to maintaining focus on program success. The current ISIS program is planned to transition to the U.S. Air Force in 2014, where SPC expects to continue providing technical support on the program.