As space has become more congested and rival nations develop weapons to target U.S. satellites, MITRE is partnering with innovative solutions to improve the U.S. space domain awareness by identifying, characterizing, and understanding any factor, passive or active, that could affect space operations and impact the economy, security, or safety of our nation.  MITRE’s Bridging Innovation team guided researchers from MITRE’s Colorado Springs site and Areté Associates, a defense small business, headquartered near Los Angeles, with several offices nationwide including Colorado and Northern Virginia, into a collaborative research effort.

The MITRE team provided raw image data of the night sky taken over several months with a wide 10°x10° field of view camera. Areté applied their weak target detection techniques and were able to find much dimmer satellites within the images than current processes allowed.

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