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Germany’s Space Agency to Use Lockheed Martin’s space traffic management software

Germany’s Space Agency to Use Lockheed Martin’s space traffic management software
The Siliconreview
07 April, 2021

Lockheed Martin has stated that its space traffic management software, the iSpace system, will be used by Germany's Space Agency. The German Space Agency at DLR that operates the German Space situational awareness center along with the German Air Force has selected Lockheed Martin's most renowned iSpace, a system that is usually used by the US military, US intelligence agencies, and the government of Australia.

As space becomes more congested, space agencies will be worried about collisions with other satellites or other debris. iSpace will provide conjunction alerts to allow operators to take a course of immediate action, such as maneuvering the satellites to avoid a collision. The sensor tasking feature in iSpace was developed for the $1.5 billion Space Fence surveillance radar site that was built for the US Air Force on Kwajalein Island, present on the Marshall Islands.

The iSpace system was introduced in the year 2017; it collects data from thousands of optical, radar, infrared, and radio sensors operated by governments, commercial companies, and academia. It will provide space for situational awareness. Lockheed Martin has stated that iSpace will be used to task German sensors to monitor various objects of interest and space events like collisions, maneuvers, breakups, and launches.