Objectivity Database Used to Build Comprehensive Space Object Catalog

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The Space High Accuracy Catalog (SHAC) will be used by the U.S. Air Force to enhance situational awareness and manage collision avoidance

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The application that MITRE is prototyping is an innovative, high-end, mission-critical program that demands nearly infinite scalability and maximum reliability

Objectivity, Inc., the leading provider of software solutions for complex data management applications, announced today that its flagship product, Objectivity/DB, is being used in the Space Situational Awareness Foundational Enterprise (SSAFE) program to build a comprehensive catalog of space objects that will be used by the U.S. Air Force to increase situational awareness and manage collision avoidance.

Since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, tracking space debris for collision avoidance and human flight safety has become a top priority for government space agencies. Yet as the task has become more important, it has also become more difficult, with the amount of potentially dangerous space objects in orbit increasing exponentially from year to year.

NASA's Orbital Debris Program Office estimates that there are more than 215,000 objects larger than one centimeter is size currently in orbit, and these numbers will continue to increase as new spacecraft are launched.

Using Objectivity/DB, U.S. Air Force personnel will be able to track these 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.

As the system engineer to the Air Force, The MITRE Corporation prototyped the use of Objectivity/DB 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 also satisfied a crucial requirement for the Air Force's implementation of SHAC - it allows Air Force personnel to run existing fortran algorithms without modification, therefore preserving vital legacy data.

The system that MITRE prototyped will be passed to Lockheed Martin. As systems integrator, Lockheed Martin will install and maintain the SSAFE system at the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

"The application that MITRE is prototyping is an innovative, high-end, mission-critical program that demands nearly infinite scalability and maximum reliability," said Objectivity President and CEO Jay Jarrell. "It is a perfect fit for Objectivity/DB."

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.

The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit organization chartered to work in the public interest. As a national resource, it applies its expertise in systems engineering, information technology, operational concepts, and enterprise modernization to address its sponsors' critical needs.

MITRE manages three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs): one for the Department of Defense (known as the DoD Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence FFRDC), one for the Federal Aviation Administration (the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development), and one for the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (the Center for Enterprise Modernization).

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 http://www.objectivity.com 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.

Press Contact:
Hillary Schuler-Jones
Email: hschuler @ objectivity.com
Tel: (408) 992-7161

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