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Contract awarded for development of future UK space control system

15th February 2024 - 12:15 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


Lockheed Martin will help develop control systems for the UK's future satellite constellation. (Image: Lockheed Martin)

Project Beroe will underpin government control of future satellite constellations, further enhancing the UK’s multi-domain integration efforts.

Lockheed Martin and UK company Rhea will develop a satellite control system as part of Project Beroe which will help control the country’s future ISTARI constellation.

The contracts with the companies, worth £4 million (US$5 million), are for the development of software for satellite system management, designed to capture and process onboard system data to control and monitor the performance of the satellite.

The programme will assist the MOD to understand how best to control its future constellation of low orbit general purpose Earth observation satellites.

Commodore David Moody, head of space capability at UK Space Command said: “This project will help define and understand how we will control and optimise the use of our satellites in a safe and sustainable way, while also supporting the wider goal of enabling growth in the Space Sector to develop resilient space capabilities and services.”

The MoD is using its Rapid Agile Prototyping, Scaled for Operations (RAPSO) commercial framework, which includes a series of Agile software development releases and work on the project is to be completed and demonstrated in 2025.

As part of the effort Lockheed Martin will use its Integrated Multi-Mission Ground (IM2G) product which is designed to support diverse space missions, orbital regimes and constellation sizes with mature, reconfigurable components and technologies within a hardened ground system.

IM2G uses Lockheed Martin’s Compass Mission Planning and Horizon C2 software, which allows single satellite or entire constellation management and can support fleets of similar or entirely different missions and satellite types.

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