Saber Astronautics Receives $1.2M US Space Force Contract for CisLunar Navigation Tools

Saber Astronautics Receives $1.2M US Space Force Contract for CisLunar Navigation Tools

Saber Astronautics, a prominent space technology company, has announced a $1.2 million contract from the US Space Force (USSF) to develop new maneuver planning capabilities. The USSF funded this contract under a US Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II program, highlighting Saber Astronautics' commitment to advancing space domain awareness and enhancing the safety and efficiency of space operations.

In collaboration with Purdue University's world-class astrodynamics team, Saber Astronautics aims to revolutionize the prediction and management of satellites traveling in the space between Earth and Moon's orbit.  Otherwise known as "CisLunar", the region is gaining attention from both military and commercial organizations. This partnership combines Saber's expertise in space technology with Purdue University's renowned astrodynamics research to address the unique challenges presented by the CisLunar environment.

Saber Astronautics will leverage this partnership to develop innovative methods for predicting and planning satellite maneuvers in this challenging regime. This research will enable the USSF to improve its Space Domain Awareness capabilities by providing more accurate tracking and monitoring of satellites operating in these complex regimes.

One of the most exciting aspects of the project is the direct deployment of these capabilities to space operators through Saber Astronautics' Space Domain Awareness software, Space Cockpit. Currently in use by the USSF and over 2000 operators worldwide, Space Cockpit offers operators a powerful tool for monitoring and managing space assets.

With the addition of these new capabilities, Space Cockpit™ users will gain access to a sandbox environment where they can model threats and plan maneuvers in non-standard orbits. The sandbox will empower operators to anticipate and respond to potential challenges, ensuring safety of flight.

Dr. Jason Held, CEO of Saber Astronautics, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, saying, "We are thrilled to collaborate with the US Space Force on this ground-breaking initiative. This contract represents a significant advancement in our own spaceflight capabilities and provide the tools operators need to succeed in the complex CisLunar environment. Our partnership with Purdue University's astrodynamics team further reinforces our commitment to bringing cutting-edge research and innovation into real-world operational use."

Saber Astronautics is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of space technology and providing solutions that enhance space situational awareness and operational effectiveness. This contract with the USSF underscores the company's expertise and its ability to deliver transformative capabilities for the space community.

Saber Astronautics’ mission is the democratization of space, reducing barriers to space flight, and making space as easy as driving a car. Saber uses next-generation space mission control software developed by an experienced team of space operations, systems control, UX, and robotics experts. Saber brings together the latest techniques in human factors, artificial intelligence, and dynamic 3D data visualization to make it easy for spacecraft operators to monitor, fly, and rapidly diagnose faults in spacecraft systems.

Click here to learn about Saber Astronautics' Space Domain Awareness Tool.

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Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013