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Space Force Eyes Annual Updates to $150M Orbit-Monitoring Program

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The U.S. Space Force plans to facilitate updates to orbit-monitoring technologies every 90 days as part of the $150 million Space Command and Control (Space C2) program, SpaceNews reported Sunday.

Barbara Barrett, secretary of the U.S. Air Force, said in a report submitted to Congress on Aug. 21st that the program office for the Space C2 effort provides space-monitoring apps to operators every 90 days to ensure that they are “using the most current industry software development practices.”

The fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) currently requires the Space Force to enact annual updates to the Space C2 initiative, according to SpaceNews. Software under the Space C2 effort are meant to help operators avoid space collisions and identify potential satellite hazards.

In 2018, the Space C2 program was established to succeed the Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC) Joint Space Operations Center Mission System (JMS) effort. Congress previously expressed concerns over JMS for the lack of progress on providing updated tools to operators.