Satellite Acquisition

Centauri leads and guides the design, procurement, development, manufacturing, test, delivery, and sustainment of low, medium, and high-altitude space and ground systems that enable customers to meet and exceed advanced mission needs.

    Centauri delivers full satellite lifecycle support, including deep expertise in policy, acquisition, program and financial management, CONOPs, systems architecting and engineering, research and development, sensor design, operational sustainment and anomaly resolution. Centauri supports many customers within the US Government intelligence, defense, and commercial industries.

     

    Our Approach

     

    Centauri experts leverage their in-depth satellite development and operational sustainment knowhow to deliver cradle-to-grave life cycle support to meet the Nation’s most advanced and important satellite mission needs. Many of our experts are former Government leaders who have transitioned to industry, bringing this historical knowledge to foundationally guide next-generation satellite acquisition. We provide ‘defense-in-depth’ services by hiring and retaining cross-domain experts to deliver affordable and efficient services. 

    We fully understand and guide sensor and satellite platform acquisitions to meet unique mission needs such as remote sensing; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; guidance and navigation; communications; and weather. We also guide and lead acquisition of supporting launch systems, as well as ground mission planning and scheduling, command and control, processing, algorithm and software development. We leverage industry frameworks and tools such as Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) to efficiently and accurately plan and guide program execution. We lead innovation, research and development, acquisition, launch, initialization, and sustainment to help our customers meet the next-generation needs. 

     

    Related Capabilities

    Environmental Monitoring

    Centauri professionals support unclassified programs that are dedicated to environmental monitoring

    Modeling Simulation and Analysis

    Centauri focuses on enabling our customers to make data-driven decisions to discover best-value solutions.

    Next Generation Sensors

    We specialize in next generation sensor development, to include hardware, software, firmware space and ground algorithm applications.

    Rapid Prototyping

    Centauri’s composite prototype capability is built around an advanced filament winder complex and advanced machines.

    Space Domain Awareness

    Centauri’s expertise in high-fidelity physics-based modeling and simulation enables extensive assessment of SDA systems

    Environmental Monitoring

    More lives are lost to severe weather every year than in any combat operations. Supporting national efforts to protect lives and property are a critical capability for a company dedicated to national defense. Defending lives and property is an integral part of environmental intelligence. Centauri employees support every facet of dynamic environmental satellite acquisitions from requirements generation and data analytics to launch management, mission operations and next generation program development.

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    Modeling Simulation and Analysis

    Modeling Simulation and Analysis (MS&A) is a group of engineering processes that involves the study of system components, the development of mathematical and physics-based algorithms that can be coded into numerical software models and/or simulators. Modeling and simulation is used to explore solution trade space and evaluate alternatives to provide detailed insights to analytical questions.

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    Next Generation Sensors

    The signals and sensors environments are constantly evolving with the development and proliferation of advanced radars, communications and weapon systems. Centauri leads and guides the development, integration, test and operation of powerful and agile space and ground systems that provide actionable intelligence and worldwide situational awareness to enable customers to meet current and future mission needs. Centauri provides expertise across the defense, intelligence, and commercial collection mission portfolios for our nation’s most important missions. This includes RF engineering and antenna design, state of the art payload technologies and on-board processing, and advanced ground station hardware and signal processing techniques. We then leverage our integration, test, launch and operations expertise to mesh the various sensors into a network of satellite and ground stations providing timely and relevant intelligence.

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    Rapid Prototyping

    Centauri performs rapid prototyping in our state-of-the-art in-house facilities. Our Engineering Prototype Center (EPC) is configured to support our rigorous design, build, inspect and verify product development philosophy. The EPC consists of a host of composite processing, additive manufacturing, mobile workstations, material storage, inspection and test equipment and instrumentation, housed within a 2,100 square foot laboratory. Prior to fabrication of prototypes, rigorous design and analyses are performed by our engineers and designers to understand the suitability of the prototypes for desired end-use and testing. Industry-standard and Centauri-developed analysis tools are used throughout the prototyping process. Design, suitability, end-use considerations and safety are always at the forefront of our prototyping processes to ensure repeatability, configuration management, and processing.

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    Space Domain Awareness

    Space Domain Awareness (SDA) encompasses surveillance, detection, tracking, identifying and characterizing objects in Earth orbit and beyond, ranging from fully functional satellites to space junk and debris. Both the estimates of the position and velocity of each object and the accuracy of these estimates are critical to capture the overall picture of space objects. These estimates are acquired via various sensor domains (optical, radar, passive RF) and measurements (range, range rate, angles, and interferometric observations).

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