Atlas wins federal grant

TRAVERSE CITY–Atlas Space Operations, the Traverse City-based supplier of ground software as a service for satellite operations, announced it has been awarded a federal Small Business Innovation Research contract to develop a data analytics platform for the United States Space Force.

The program will see Atlas integrate communications infrastructure and multi-domain command and control systems to deliver enhanced insights regarding space communications through network data analytics.

Atlas currently offers its Freedom Software as a Service, the company’s space data transfer tool. Using metrics from pass success and equipment performance that are available to Atlas clients, Space Force will gain valuable insight into the performance of ground site hardware, satellites, space communications, and federated networks. Atlas’ SBIR development places a strong emphasis on space-based software interoperability to identify opportunities and ensure a resilient on-orbit environment.

“The next generation of hybrid networks will be made more resilient through improved insight of system performance,” said Ed McCarty, Atlas vice president of client solutions. “Resilience is not achieved by simply adding hardware. Greater insight into system performance is crucial in identifying points of friction so users can anticipate problems and address them before they occur. The data analytics SBIR will advance network resiliency through predictive analysis and machine learning, and it is only possible through software. This is one way we’re redefining ground software as a service.”

Atlas recently shared its modern approach to ground systems, which includes a shift from Ground Station as a Service to Ground Software as a Service.

Atlas has been recognized by the World Teleport Association as one of the three fastest-growing teleport operators in the world for the past two years, and was recognized as the 15th fastest-growing software company in the world in 2020 by Inc. 5000. More at

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