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Joe McKendrick

Watch Out for that Killer Asteroid: SOA Aids in Satellite Tracking

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There are more instances of service-oriented architecture being employed to support data analytics environments, and a compelling case that just came to my attention is a new implementation by the Space Data Association (SDA).

SDA announced that it launched initial operations of the Space Data Center, an automated space situational awareness system expected to improve the safety and efficiency of satellite operations through the sharing of operator-owned orbital data. Developing and operating the system for the SDA is commercial software provider Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI).

The Space Data Center provides SDA members Web-based access to operational capabilities through a service-oriented architecture. The system will automatically ingest and process operator-supplied orbital data including planned maneuvers, perform conjunction assessments, and generate automated warning alerts. It will also support avoidance maneuver planning and facilitate greater data sharing.

The Space Data Center's initial operating capabilities (IOC) include conjunction assessment for 126 satellites in geostationary orbit owned by Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES, the founding members of the SDA. When fully operational early next year, the service will also support radio frequency interference (RFI) mitigation, and membership is expected to include commercial and government operators with satellites in all Earth orbits.

In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more


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