BAE’s Hallmark software testbed completes two test events

10 April 2018 (Last Updated April 10th, 2018 12:38)

BAE Systems has completed two test events of its newly developed software testbed in support of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Hallmark programme.

BAE Systems has completed two test events of its newly developed software testbed in support of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Hallmark programme.

The Hallmark programme has been designed to develop advanced tools and technologies that would help plan, evaluate and execute US military operations in space.

In November, the company received a $12.8m contract from the US agency to develop a new space evaluation and analysis testbed for the Hallmark programme.

“The two test events will support the Hallmark programme’s aim to assist the military in quickly assessing and integrating technologies for space command and control.”

The latest testbed, Space Enterprise Analysis Capability (SEAC), will enable DARPA to develop and deploy tools to facilitate real-time space command and control.

As part of the contract, BAE Systems used its experience in space domain awareness to design and develop an advanced flexible, scalable, and secure enterprise software architecture to help support technology development and experimentation.

The two test events will support the Hallmark programme’s aim to assist the military in quickly assessing and integrating technologies for space command and control.

BAE Systems Space Systems director Ricardo Gonzalez said: “These evaluations established that the Hallmark testbed is capable of integrating applications on its framework.

“These scenarios may someday assist military commanders in obtaining space domain awareness to quickly assess, plan, and execute operation in space.”

The testbed has been designed to support live data feeds from a wide range of sources and facilitate strong security and data protection for varying levels of classification, in addition to external interfaces to support air, cyber, land and sea environments.