U.S. Space Force Selects Slingshot Aerospace to Develop Next Generation Visualization Tool for Battlespace Awareness and Missile Warning Detection

April 13, 2021

Business Wire:

Slingshot Aerospace, Inc., a company building world-class space simulation and analytics solutions, announced today that it has been awarded a $1.2 million contract to develop a sophisticated tool for the U.S. Space Force that streamlines the visualization of enemy missiles and enhances data integration and mission-critical collaboration. The company has partnered with Culver City, CA-based Zoic Labs, a software and advanced visualization company, to develop a video transcoder. Zoic Labs draws inspiration from sister company Zoic Studios, which created the visual effects for Avengers: Age of Ultron and others.

The new technology aims to enhance national security with advanced missile warning visualization by providing more efficient ways to view and interact with complicated data sets collected from satellite sensors. These instruments, known as overhead persistent infrared (OPIR) remote sensors, use infrared radiation to visualize adversary weapons and assets. The Slingshot Aerospace tool has the following goals with respect to three missions:

Missile Warning – Identify and characterize missile launches and communicate key information to appropriate stakeholders faster.
Technical Intelligence – Help operators use OPIR data to detect, track, and characterize the adversary’s assets.
Battlespace Awareness – Carry out general surveillance to successfully apply combat power, ensure national security, and complete missions.

The Slingshot Aerospace tool will help operators identify threats and minimize false alarms. The solution will also lay the groundwork to support the Department of Defense’s new, high-priority missile warning satellite program, Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (or next generation OPIR). The U.S. government aims to launch these satellites in 2025…

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