Space And Geospatial

Leading The Future Of Space

Since the drive to space began, we’ve provided end-to-end, holistic support to critical aspects of space and geospatial operations. We have a history in launch logistics; satellite operations; assured positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT); domain awareness; and geospatial intelligence. In looking to the future, we’re unlocking the full potential of space by combining our experience with industry-leading satellite integration.

We’re connecting space with cloud-enabled, all-domain solutions that accelerate the warfighter’s decision chain.

For the past 30 years, we’ve been tracking and analyzing the evolving space environment from low to high Earth orbit. Our history and proven track record of rapid approval, deployment, and support for national and coalition capabilities are foundational.

Parsons Ground Operations Center As A Service
Through the Parsons Ground Operations Center as a Service (GOCaaS), we perform unclassified satellite contacts using the OrbitXchange network. GOCaaS is a 24/7 operations center with experienced spacecraft operators, power backup, and redundant hardware. This includes next-pass anomaly contact scheduling capabilities and automated contacts with built-in cybersecurity, reducing the cost of satellite ground operations. GOCaaS ensures telemetry tracking and command (TT&C) and mission data delivery to a single data lake or customer operations center. It also guarantees real-time space situational awareness for each constellation. 
Launch Integration
We’re the prime contractor for the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) small satellite integration efforts through our Launch Manifest Systems Integration program with the US Air Force. Our first launch integration was successfully completed in August 2019 on the ULA Atlas V. The integration—from concept to delivery—took a record five months compared to the years other space operations normally take.
Small Satellite Development
We’re a proven provider in small satellite development, with over a decade of experience advancing missions in the Intelligence Community. Our team is actively producing small satellite sensor payloads, defining superior engineering skills with miniaturization and digital circuit printing techniques.
Battlespace Awareness And The Space Domain
For the past three decades, we’ve been leading the Space Domain Awareness mission for the US Government and allied partners. Our subject matter experts can develop and field customized tools for the mission, supporting multiple applications. They achieve this through highly detailed analysis, decision support systems, machine learning algorithms, and visualization capabilities. Software engineers and developers stand ready to support future Space Domain Awareness and threat protection missions. They face a wide variety of operational challenges to the space ecosystem, including direct-ascent anti-satellite (ASAT), co-orbital ASAT, directed energy weapons, missile warning threat applications, and satellite breakup notification/alerting. Additional challenges are space object characterization, space order of battle, pin-point orbit determination, satellite propagation/conjunction, course-of-action planning/assessment, and space domain visualization.
Space Architecture
We’re leading the architecture protection for the development arm of the US Space Force. Our expertise with network security, architecture resiliency, and continuous Authority to Operate practices are key to network infrastructure-protection strategies. We have years of experience with cloud engineering, cloud architecture, and refactoring legacy systems operating efficiently in the cloud. Significant cost savings of up to 87 percent are achieved over running applications on dedicated bare metal.
Space Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning
We’re harnessing cutting-edge technology to bring the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) to the space industry. Designed to meet the unique challenges of space-based operations, our innovation provides reliable, accurate, and real-time automated insights for government and commercial space missions. We  identify patterns, predict outcomes, and provide actionable insights through advanced algorithms trained on vast amounts of data. Our capabilities include AI/ML processing of satellite telemetry for the following purposes:
  • Trend analysis for failure prediction onboard satellite or within ground infrastructure
    Threat detection (adversary or satellite proximity) by monitoring radio-frequency (RF) interference, star sensor obscuration, solar panel shading, propulsion impingement on the spacecraft detected by onboard accelerometers, or other events that might not register in standard telemetry point limit checking
    Onboard operating system or software malware monitoring through the use of products like Dazzler
    Monitoring and control of RF spectrum to avoid jamming and spoofing, and the ability to adjust frequency and waveforms to operate through a hostile RF environment to support satellite control, communications, PNT, etc.
    Onboard sensor data processing to identify specific targets within Earth observation (EO) or infrared spectroscopy (IR) data such as hypersonics to provide tracking and targeting data to land-, air-, and sea-based systems 
    Multisystem data processing to provide course-of-action (COA) recommendations 
    Space constellation AI-based mission management (AI-MM) and automated satellite operations using advanced optimization algorithms
    Network monitoring over mesh architectures, vulnerability discovery, and reverse engineering
AI/ML tools will be leveraged significantly in future space operations. We’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible to deliver intelligence to government and commercial space operators when seconds count.
Space And Geospatial Operations And Domain Awareness
Through our artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, we’ve aggregated and collected geospatial intelligence, made it actionable, and put it into the hands of operators/analysts so they can make timely decisions. Our advanced ISR hardware solutions include the PeARL family of sensors. By combining camera and optic-lens technologies with PeARL Flash software, we’ve yielded precise, high-resolution 2D/3D aerial imagery.

 • Battlespace command and control
 • Course-of-action planning
 • Sensor tasking and management
 • Space threat analysis
 • Space event processing
 • Catalog maintenance
 • 3D visualization
 • Full-spectrum cyber for space
Software Defined Radio
Software-Defined Radio Products For Assured PNT, Modeling & Simulation, Test & Evaluation, And Electronic Warfare
We develop and sell leading-edge software-defined radio (SDR) systems that are portable, remotely controllable, and host and execute RF applications. Our products support assured positioning/navigation/timing (APNT); electronic warfare (EW); and high-fidelity laboratory modeling, simulation, and testing of complex RF devices. Cost-effective modeling and simulation (M&S) and testing and evaluation (T&E) products accelerate many aspects of advanced RF devices and systems. They speed up research, development, deployment, and market acceptance. We also provide expertise in the development of proprietary signal processing algorithms for APNT, EW, RF systems, and RF propagation modeling.

● APS: Location/navigation information where GPS is unavailable or unreliable
● DYSE: Emulate realistic RF environments
● ER310: High-performance handheld SDRs
● TEMS: Real-time situational-awareness plugin for ATAK
● WISP: Instrumented wideband RF data capture, transmit, and analysis tools
● Electronic warfare algorithm development
●​ RF systems testing and demonstration
● Commercial communications systems design
● SDR applications design and software development
Mission Solutions
Parsons provides end-to-end customized mission solutions to meet customer needs in the rapidly evolving space domain. We have decades of experience supporting over 170 space missions. Our capabilities enable operations for 50 percent of US DoD satellites and 75 percent of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) satellites. The team’s expertise in satellite command and control, ground systems, and operations leverages the full operational potential of warfighting in the space domain. From prototypes to global constellations, our solutions support mission success by including all components necessary for complete satellite ground implementations.

We’re accelerating every day to provide seamless solutioning support for warfighters in the dynamic air, space, cyber, and emerging domains. By empowering US government partners to safeguard global stability, we’re delivering a better world and striving toward a safer universe.

Key Customers

  • US Space Force (USSF)
  • US Air Force (USAF)
  • Space Development Agency (SDA)
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • (NOAA)
  • Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
  • Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)
  • Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • United States Naval Special Warfare Command (NAVSPECWARCOM)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • US Army Electronic Proving Ground (USAEPG)
  • Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC)
  • Intelligence Community
  • International and Commercial Space Industry

Disclaimer: Parsons is a global company operating through various named legal entity subsidiaries. The company’s successful acquisitions have led us to become a leading disruptive technology company in the critical infrastructure, defense, and intelligence market.

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