ATLAS Space Operations Gets NASA SBIR Phase II Award

ATLAS Space Operations has been selected by NASA for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II award to further the development of an algorithmic solution to develop satellite ground station contact schedules designed to optimize ground station antenna usage around a customer´s mission requirements, the company said.

ATLAS´ intent is to provide this unique ability to satellite communications ground antenna owners, enabling automated analysis of a mission´s requirements and providing intelligent satellite communications schedules on a lights-out basis.

NASA has asked ATLAS to develop a machine-to-machine scheduler that defines clear customer goals and allows the customer to prioritize their communications tasks. These goals populate in the Freedom Scheduler, which will compare the tiered tasks and the ground-side availability to automatically produce an optimized pass schedule for the customer to use for their mission. In accomplishing this, ATLAS addresses system-wide load balancing, acceleration of data pipelines, and scheduling management — all in one package.

This new system creates a customer-focused and optimized solution, shortening what would otherwise take days or weeks with the manual process of current scheduling systems. This transforms the scheduling process into a seamless, customer-centric approach. The result is a substantial cost reduction for customers.

ATLAS Space Operations, Inc., based in Traverse City, Michigan, empowers global access to space through Freedom™, a simple solution for processing and analyzing data from space, through a global antenna network, powered by a revolutionary cloud-based software. For more information on ATLAS Space Operations, visit