Comprehensive Space Object Catalog Built on Objectivity/DB will Reduce Risk of Future Satellite Collisions

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The Space Situational Awareness Foundational Enterprise (SSAFE) program will be used by the U.S. Air Force to predict and prevent collisions

Our technology is being used to reduce the risk of space object collisions, diminish the creation of space debris, and most importantly, ensure human flight safety.

After a recent collision between an Iridium commercial satellite and a defunct Russian military satellite created an estimated tens of thousands of new pieces of "space junk," analysts lamented the lack of a universal tracking system that could reduce the threat of collisions and keep other space objects from being harmed by new debris. But a comprehensive catalog of space objects built on Objectivity's database for the U.S. Air Force could be the key to predicting and preventing catastrophic collisions in the future.

Using the Objectivity/DB-powered system, U.S. Air Force personnel will be able to track space objects in real-time, so that decisions about spacecraft placement and collision avoidance can be made in seconds, rather than hours or days. Objectivity/DB will also allow the system to scale nearly infinitely as the catalog grows larger.

Tracking space debris for collision avoidance and human flight safety has been a priority for government space agencies since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957. Yet the most recent satellite collision has revealed a dangerous void in tracking capabilities, proving that without a comprehensive system, the number of space objects in orbit will only continue to increase.

"By tracking these objects in space, the U.S. Air Force will be able to predict threats and use that information to avoid catastrophic collisions in the future," said Jay Jarrell, Objectivity's president and CEO. "Our technology is being used to reduce the risk of space object collisions, diminish the creation of space debris, and most importantly, ensure human flight safety."

Objectivity was selected as the database of choice to demonstrate the advantages of a distributed database that allows concurrent data access for a higher aggregate throughput and scalable features to accommodate mission growth. Objectivity/DB enables predictive and preventive analytics that can be used to avoid future collisions.

Objectivity/DB also satisfied a crucial requirement for the Air Force's implementation of SSAFE - it allows Air Force personnel to run existing FORTRAN algorithms without modification, therefore preserving vital legacy data.

A note on Objectivity/DB
Objectivity/DB is a fully scalable, distributed processing architecture that manages localized, centralized or distributed databases by synthesizing large, complicated streams of data into a single logical view.

About Objectivity, Inc.
Objectivity, Inc. is the leading provider of distributed, real-time, SOA-enabled database management solutions for mission-critical applications. The company's flagship product, Objectivity/DB, is used by government, security, complex manufacturing, commercial services, science, and engineering organizations to increase speed, precision and productivity. Objectivity remains on the cutting edge of innovation by working directly with clients to build customized programs, find solutions to complicated challenges and seamlessly integrate technology across multiple platforms and languages.

Objectivity, Inc. is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, USA. Please contact us by visiting or calling (408) 992-7100. A 60-day free trial of Objectivity/DB is available on the website, and Objectivity also provides free web-based Object Database Training Courses.

Note to editors: Objectivity/DB is a registered trademark of Objectivity, Inc. All other company, organization, product or alliance names mentioned herein remain the property of their respective owners.


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