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The Air Force Research Laboratory signed a contract for more than 24 million for AI services

In a strategic move to fortify national security measures, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has sealed a substantial contract exceeding $24.4 million with BlueHalo.

The primary objective of this collaboration is to amplify the capabilities of AFRL's Satellite Assessment Center, a critical entity tasked with assessing vulnerabilities within space systems. Hailing from Arlington, Virginia, BlueHalo brings to the table a wealth of expertise in space, directed energy, and autonomous systems technology. This partnership with AFRL's Directed Energy Directorate heralds a pivotal advancement in the realm of directed energy modeling, simulation, and analysis.

BlackSky is known for its artificial intelligence (AI) software approach, while this contract focuses on developing and demonstrating advanced moving target engagement services. As per the agreement, BlackSky will employ its Spectra® tasking and analytics platform to demonstrate how AI and machine learning can enhance various aspects including tasking, multi-intelligence collection, automatic tipping-and-cueing, direct downlink, and processing timelines for moving target engagement within a simulated environment. By integrating data from an array of government ISR and commercial sources, representatives of BlackSky declare it will demonstrate impressive capabilities in space-based intelligence gathering and analysis.

Brian E. O'Toole, CEO of BlackSky, underscores the versatility of the Spectra platform, particularly in resource-limited environments. He declares that leveraging the power of AI to amalgamate information from disparate sources, BlackSky is primed to showcase its prowess in intelligence operations efficiency enhancement.

Author: Nessa, Cyber Journalist

Source: https://www.afrl.af.mil

Photo: NASA

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