“Colorado Company Helps Track Space Junk,” KUNC Article

Numerica is working on multiple contracts worth $3.3M with the Air Force to help catalog space debris.

Check out the full article: http://www.kunc.org/post/colorado-company-helps-track-space-junk

 

Numerica Nets $900K Navy Contract

Numerica  is the prime contractor on a $900,000 contract to develop state-of-the-art resource scheduling algorithms for the United States Navy.

Naval operations are often conducted using battle groups consisting of aircraft carriers, guided missile cruisers, destroyers, attack submarines and supply ships. While deployed, the battle group must defend itself against many threats, including cruise missiles, hostile aircraft and ballistic missiles in complex raid scenarios. Under the newly awarded 18-month contract, Numerica will work to coordinate radar resources across the entire battle group to optimize force effectiveness and maximize ship survivability.

To accomplish this, Numerica is developing the Force-Level Radar Resource Management (FLRRM) suite of advanced algorithms for integrated air and missile defense. FLRRM will enable a more resilient and efficient sensor network system for the Navy that adapts to changes – including new threats, loss of sensors and communication failures – by shifting the radar load in real time.

The principal investigator for the contract is Numerica Research Scientist Scott Miller, Ph.D., who recently won a $1 million Small Business Innovation Research Phase II contract to develop a battle management solution for the United States Missile Defense Agency.

Numerica’s FLRRM technology will leverage and build upon the company’s growing portfolio of mature resource management algorithms developed for Department of Defense applications.

“Advanced resource management technology will enable the Navy to do more with existing radars,” said Numerica President Jeff Poore. “It’s an honor for our scientists to offer this kind of solution to enhance the Nation’s defense.”

Numerica Works with Northrop Grumman to Complete Critical Design Review for U.S. Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System

Northrop Grumman, has successfully completed a Critical Design Review for the U.S. Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS). Numerica is part of the IBCS industry team led by Northrop Grumman and plays an integral role in the program’s success.

See the full article here: http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2012/06/11/479008/258744/en/Northrop-Grumman-Completes-Critical-Design-Review-for-U-S-Army-Integrated-Air-and-Missile-Defense-Battle-Command-System.html

Numerica Wins $1 Million Battle Management Contract

Numerica won a two-year, $1 million Small Business Innovation Research Phase II contract from the United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to develop a resource optimization solution for battle management.

Numerica’s Battle Manager solution is an advanced algorithm for online coordination of sensors and weapon systems, to maximize surviving assets while minimizing expended defense resources. Numerica’s algorithm can enhance a military operator’s ability to make better, more rapid engagement decisions during a ballistic missile raid.

The principle investigator for the contract is Numerica Research Scientist Scott Miller, Ph.D.

The MDA protects the territories of the United States and its allies against ballistic missile attack. The MDA’s current Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) is comprised of a range of components, which are integrated by the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system.

The C2BMC currently links and globally synchronizes individual missile defense systems to provide an optimized and layered missile defense against threats of all ranges and in all phases of flight. The Multiple Hypothesis Correlator (MHC) and BMDS Launch Event Associator (BLEA) are tracking technologies developed by Numerica. Both MHC and BLEA are currently deployed in the C2BMC system.

Numerica’s Battle Manager will leverage the company’s Sensor Resource Manager to coordinate resource optimization efforts for C2BMC.

 

“Numerica is honored that MDA selected our team of scientists to offer an innovative battle management solution,” said Numerica President Jeff Poore. “This project complements the current work we’re doing in sensor resource management to offer enhanced capabilities for our nation’s missile defense.”

Scientists Join Numerica in Numbers

Numerica Corporation hired two additional research scientists and one computational scientist at its Northern Colorado headquarters. A total of six scientists have been hired in as many weeks by the company.

Jason Johnson, Ph.D., joins Numerica as a research scientist to develop algorithms for tracking orbiting objects and debris for improved space situational awareness. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, and his advanced degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Prior to attending graduate school, Johnson was on the technical staff at Alphatech, Inc. (now BAE Systems’ Advanced Information Technologies). Johnson has published extensively, and is a former Department of Energy postdoctoral research fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Gabe Hart joins Numerica as a computational scientist. Hart will develop algorithmic solutions and software for distributed multiple target tracking for air and missile defense programs. Hart pursued a double major and received his undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He received his Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hart is published, and before joining Numerica he was a research and development engineer at Kitware Inc. in Carrboro, North Carolina.

Numerica research scientist Alex Mont is creating algorithms and software for combinatorial optimization problems arising from multiple object tracking programs across Numerica. Mont also pursued a double major and received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Maryland at College Park. He has completed all requirements for a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and will receive his degree in December. Mont gained extensive experience in mathematical and scientific software development working for the National Institutes of
Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation estimates that every job created by primary employer Numerica generates an additional 1.63 “spinoff” jobs in area communities. This multiplier effect, applied to Numerica’s six recent hires, would have a total impact of adding 16 new jobs to the regional economy. “As a business, Numerica continues to innovate and grow because exceptional people like Jason, Gabe and Alex strengthen our team and help us achieve product excellence,” said Numerica president Jeff Poore. “We’re proud that our team’s growth and success contributes to a healthier regional economy.”

Numerica Tackles Growing Space Debris, Satellite Protection Problem

Numerica is working on five contracts for the Air Force, worth more than $3.3 million, to provide state-of-the-art algorithms for improved space situational awareness (SSA). SSA involves the detection, cataloging and ongoing tracking of all space objects orbiting the Earth, and the prediction of events, threats and activities in space. In the late 1950s, there were only a few satellites orbiting the Earth. In September 2011, the National Research Council reported there is so much government and commercial “space junk” in orbit that the debris could cause spacecraft collisions or destroy valuable communication satellites.

Today, the Air Force maintains a catalog of more than 20,000 detectable space objects orbiting the Earth. It is estimated that improved sensors, future collision events and continuous fragmentation will increase the size of the catalog to 200,000 detectable objects within five to ten years.

Numerica is developing new algorithms for the Air Force that provide advanced estimation and data fusion, multi-sensor space object tracking, efficient propagators and gravity models, uncertainty management and anomaly detection for SSA. These enhanced capabilities are designed to identify and track orbiting objects to protect space assets and maintain situational awareness for existing and future space deployments.

The next-generation SSA system will require ground-breaking astrodynamics and tracking algorithms to safely manage the growing space catalog. “We are fortunate to have such a talented team to address this challenging problem,” said Numerica Founder and Chief Scientist Aubrey B. Poore, Ph.D. “Our scientists are honored to support the Air Force’s remarkable efforts to advance space situational awareness.”

 

Denver Post Article: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21330308/loveland-based-numerica-is-helping-track-space-debris

InnovatioNews Article: http://innovationews.com/innovation-news-releases/numerica-taking-on-growing-space-debris-problem-that-threatens-satellites/

 

Three More PhDs Join Numerica at Colorado HQ

Numerica recently hired three additional Ph.D.-level research scientists at its Northern Colorado headquarters.

Jeffrey Aristoff, Ph.D., joins Numerica to develop algorithms to track orbiting objects and debris for improved space situational awareness. Aristoff earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics with Computer Science, and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Aristoff has published extensively, and is a former National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University in New Jersey. Aristoff is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), American Physical Society (APS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

Karl Obermeyer, Ph.D., is the newest member of Numerica’s technical group that provides track-processing support for the Missile Defense Agency’s National Team B. Obermeyer received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Applied Mathematics, with a minor in Physics, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Before joining Numerica, Obermeyer developed and implemented algorithms for unmanned aerial vehicle control at the United States Air Force Research Lab in Dayton, Ohio. Obermeyer is published, and is a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), SIAM, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

David Zhang, Ph.D., joins Numerica to work on an airborne infrared sensor integration solution for the Missile Defense Agency. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Mathematics, and his Ph.D. in Engineering Science – Mechanical Engineering, from the University of California at San Diego.

“Talented and entrepreneurial people are at the core of Numerica’s success,” said Numerica president Jeff Poore. “We are excited about the addition of Jeff, Karl and David to our team.” Numerica is looking for additional candidates with advanced degrees in applied math, electrical engineering, computer science, statistics or related fields.

Numerica Teams up with NASA

Check out the article from The Coloradoan here: Numerica Teams up with NASA

Numerica Develops Next Generation Collision Avoidance Technology for NASA

Numerica was recently awarded a two-year, $600,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase II contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop collision prediction capabilities for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operating in the National Airspace System (NAS).

The NAS is a complex and shared network of people, procedures, equipment and infrastructure that ensures safe and timely air transportation in the United States and over large portions of the world’s oceans. NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration are working together on next-generation improvements to the NAS, and both organizations recognize an urgent need to safely integrate UAS into the nation’s complex aviation system.

Incorporating unmanned vehicles into national airspace is highly beneficial to important missions in the areas of scientific research, national security, emergency response and disaster relief. However, such vehicles are grossly underutilized in these areas because they lack reliable collision-avoidance technology to ensure safe operation in the NAS.

Numerica research scientist Jason Adaska, Ph.D., is leading his company’s efforts to create a sense-and-avoid capability to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace. Adaska’s research team has developed novel methods for producing robust and reliable trajectory predictions over long time horizons, and the Numerica scientists are working with Colorado Engineering Inc. to model its USTAR collision avoidance radar for feasibility testing.

“We are thrilled to support the good work NASA is doing to prevent collisions in our national airspace,” said Numerica President Jeff Poore. “It’s rewarding work that makes a difference.”