Space Systems Command Partners with Microsoft for U.S. Space Force Collaboration Platform

Space Systems Command Partners with Microsoft for U.S. Space Force Collaboration Platform

Space Systems Command (SSC) recently renewed its partnership with the Microsoft Corporation to apply the latest commercial innovations to Space Force missions. The Integrated, Immersive, Intelligent Environment (I3E) is a follow-on to the Immersive Digital Facility (IDF) prototype successfully developed earlier this year.

The $19.8 million I3E contract, with a one-year period of performance starting Dec. 1 and reserved scope for an additional three years, will mature the digital ecosystem’s capabilities and deliver cutting-edge capabilities to enhance the Space Force’s mission effectiveness.

“Leveraging emerging game-changers like I3E enhances our ability to gain situational awareness and enable decision-makers to act at a higher velocity than our adversaries”, said Ms. Shannon Pallone, Program Executive Officer for Battle Management Command, Control and Communications (BMC3). “Within BMC3 we are investing in a digital environment to include I3E to facilitate and expedite the development, assessment, and delivery of improved space capabilities to enhance capability integration across the USSF’s Field Commands and mission partners.”

The I3E is constructed on an Azure cloud infrastructure and presents a flexible and secure platform that can support a wide range of Space Force missions. It currently hosts the following high-powered capabilities: physics-based space environment & satellite simulation, space intelligence collection & scheduling, strategic orbital wargaming, and augmented reality space simulation.

The I3E is pursing accreditation to hold Unclassified and Classified information, which will allow SSC to move these prototype capabilities into operations. Additionally, by leveraging widely adopted commercial standards and best practices, the I3E can quickly and securely integrate new capabilities to help the Space Force keep pace with adversaries.

“This modernization journey presents an opportunity to deepen our relationship as we support the U.S. Space Force in adopting state-of-the-art solutions to more rapidly to meet their evolving mission needs,” said Jason Zander, Executive Vice President of Strategic Missions and Technologies at Microsoft.

The I3E augmented reality space simulation powered by Microsoft’s HoloLens headsets is an especially powerful training and simulation tool. It features a real-time display of orbital objects and allows users to interact with them in an accurately scaled space environment.

Additionally, the I3E enables Guardians to plug and play new and emerging space capabilities into the environment to better understand their interactions and impacts on the overall space architecture. SSC has already begun training personnel on how to utilize I3E; after a session with the augmented reality tool, 1st Lt. Jordan Savage from SSC’s Information Mobility Branch remarked, “Picking up a headset and being able to visually interact with the planet and satellites and understand space more in depth was mind-blowing.”

I3E is currently accessible at its Los Angeles node, but the environment will eventually be accessible to Guardians everywhere via a Virtual Desktop. As the environment expands to service more users, mission sets, and classification levels, it can scale to support additional critical Space Force locations.

"Continuing the development and deployment of the I3E is going to pay huge dividends for our Guardians,” said Col. Richard Kniseley, Senior Materiel Leader for the Commercial Space Office at SSC. “I’m blown away watching our young Guardians interact with the cutting-edge technology the I3E offers. Linking numerous sites together through the robust digital ecosystem provides an unrivaled experience to better understand the space domain."

This effort will continue under the Battle Management Command, Control and Communications (BMC3) Program Executive Office. BMC3 is focused on delivering the most advanced, resilient, and integrated Space C3 systems to enable multi-domain warfighting at the speed. The I3E is included as a part of BMC3’s digital transformation initiatives that help expand the use of digital solutions as much as possible. Expanding these efforts enables SSC to develop systems that thrive and adapt within a hostile, complex, and highly dynamic threat environment.

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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


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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


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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


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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


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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