December 2, 2019
Centauri Selected for Award at F-35 Lightning II JPO Pitch Day
Proposed technology provides ability to rapidly develop accurate geospatial 3D models to support combat operations and provide situational awareness for the warfighter
CHANTILLY, Va., Dec. 2, 2019 – Centauri, a leading provider of high-end engineering, intelligence, cybersecurity and advanced technology solutions, announced that it was on a team selected for award at the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office (JPO) Pitch Day in Washington, D.C., on November 21, 2019.
PixElement, who specializes in scalable photogrammetry, 3d modeling, and high-end cloud computing technologies, won the award with Centauri as its key teammate and subcontractor. Both companies ideated with Rhea Space Activity, a Washington D.C. based astrophysics consulting firm, to develop a concept called Cloud Enabled RADAR Change-detection (CERC), which addresses significant F-35 mission planning and execution enhancements based on improved change detection, targeting identification and target geolocation capability via EO/IR and Radar fusion.
“Our proposed technology will provide the ability to rapidly develop accurate geospatial 3D models to support combat operations and provide situational awareness for the warfighter,” said Rob Thomas, Centauri senior vice president of intelligence and cyber analytics, who presented with PixElement’s Dr. Benjamin Vander Jagt. “These 3D models are typically used in the planning of operations, to alert & inform intelligence analysts, and are now streamed to boots-on-the-ground users equipped with augmented reality devices. Typically, the development of these 3D models is a time and computationally-intensive process and identifying key elements of interest is sometimes difficult.”
The JPO Pitch Day provided a showcase for a mix of vendors who can deliver quick wins juxtaposed with vendors who have long-term promise in utilizing fringe technology focused on key F-35 mission planning challenges. Specifically, the F-35 Joint Reprogramming Enterprise (JRE) is tasked with providing hardware and software used to develop Mission Data Files. Mission Data Files enhance the pilot-vehicle interface, update threat parametric data with intelligence information, and enable operational functions that affect mission employment. Accordingly, the F-35 JPO Pitch Day was focused on the identification of innovative software technologies, compatible with existing containerized development pipelines and software products, that will increase the efficiency of software and mission data file development.
The PixElement team first provided a short pitch outlining its value-proposition to a closed session of senior government and military participants. In addition to the “closed-door” session, the joint team completed a follow-on presentation to an open group that consisted of high impact private sector investors, defense and security industry representatives, and government leaders.
“From the industry perspective, the value of participating in this type of technology exchange is that an immediate determination of whether the presented effort should move forward as a funded Phase 1 SBIR,” said Thomas. “It allows our team to immediately stat work towards completing the first phase of this key initiative.”
About Centauri: Centauri is a high-end engineering, intelligence, cybersecurity and advanced technology solutions company headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia with offices Nationwide. We work with our customers in the intelligence and national security communities, helping them solve their most difficult challenges. Our agile, mission-first approach empowers our advanced technical and operational teams to meet the real-time demands and high-impact missions of national defense agencies across land, air, sea, space and cyberspace.