Blame it on the movies, but I think most people assume the military has had command centers with huge, impressive screens showing everything happening in the world simultaneously for the last 30 years. However, imagining a command center like that and actually making one are two very different things. In reality, the military is currently building systems like we have always imagined, and the real-world term for them is User-Defined Operational Picture (UDOP). UDOPs are quick dashboards of vital information that allow users to make fast, accurate decisions … just like in Hollywood.
Being a company with deep roots in the space industry, we decided to try our hand at a space UDOP. We created a space dashboard that allows the user to know everything that is going on in space. Our Web-enabled UDOP lets the user know where every satellite and tracked piece of space junk is (more than 16,000 objects); where new foreign space launches are taking place; which satellites are getting too close to each other; and which satellites are in view of any ground station if they need a closer look. The best part? Unlike the movies, ours is real. Everything we show is calculated with really fancy math (read: actual rocket science).
Now operators can predict accidents like the Iridium-Cosmos collision from 2009
. It is as close to omnipotence in space that our technology allows.
Come see our UDOP in action at the USSTRATCOM Space Symposium in Omaha
. Read our official press release here.
Check out the screen shots below.(Click for larger image)