Maxar Technologies (NYSE: MAXR) has been awarded a one-year, $8.5 million contract by the U.S. Space Force to develop prototype mission data processing applications for the Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution Mission Data Processing (FORGE MDP) program, the company announced Thursday.
“Maxar has decades of commercial expertise in geospatial information and analytics, satellite technology and ground processing systems,” said Tony Frazier, Maxar’s EVP of Global Field Operations and previous Wash100 Award recipient. “We’re honored to leverage this experience, in combination with the world-class experience of our subcontractors, to deliver innovative solutions that support national security and a more resilient American space enterprise.”
Under the program, Maxar will develop prototype applications that will provide rapid mission data processing and dissemination services for Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) data from the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellites.
FORGE MDP will modernize the existing ground system into an open, scalable and modular architecture to achieve next-generation mission requirements and exploit data from future satellite constellations. Maxar’s applications will rapidly process satellite data to provide missile warning and other mission-critical notifications.
Maxar has assembled a team of industry-recognized technical and programmatic experts in OPIR data processing, distributed tracking and data fusion and UI development, including Numerica, Sandia National Laboratories and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
The contract was awarded through the Space Enterprise Consortium, managed by Advanced Technology International.
Maxar is a trusted partner and innovator in Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure. We deliver disruptive value to government and commercial customers to help them monitor, understand and navigate our changing planet; deliver global broadband communications; and explore and advance the use of space.
Our unique approach combines decades of deep mission understanding and a proven commercial and defense foundation to deploy solutions and deliver insights with unrivaled speed, scale and cost effectiveness. Maxar’s 4,000 team members in 20 global locations are inspired to harness the potential of space to help our customers create a better world. Maxar trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange as MAXR.