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.

 

Our Approach

 

We specialize in next generation sensor development, to include hardware, software, firmware space and ground algorithm applications.  For example, Centauri works with our customers to deliver unambiguous space situational awareness, deploying highly-networked imagers that provide insights into the geosynchronous orbit region regarding operational satellites and orbital debris. In the field of optics, Centauri guides improvements to traditional high-resolution color imagery collection with advanced sensor processing techniques integrating panchromatic (black & white), infrared, and hyperspectral sensors. 

Our experts leverage their in-depth sensor development and operational sustainment knowhow to deliver cradle-to-grave life cycle support to meet the Nation’s most advance and important mission needs. We bring this historical knowledge to foundationally guide next-generation innovation. We fully understand and guide sensor acquisitions to meet unique mission needs such as remote sensing; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; guidance and navigation; communications; and weather. We leverage industry frameworks and tools to efficiently and accurately plan and guide sensor development. Guided by where we have been, we lead innovation, research and development, acquisition, launch, initialization, and sustainment to help our customers meet the next-generation sensor needs. 

 

Related Capabilities

Advanced Materials

Advanced materials expertise and diversity is present throughout Centauri

Adversary Weapons System Analysis

Centauri provides advanced performance assessments of US and adversary user equipment.

Geo-Positioning and Targeting

Centauri has been improving the nation’s geo-positioning capabilities by leveraging a team of integrated subject matter experts.

Rapid Prototyping

Centauri’s composite prototype capability is built around an advanced filament winder complex and state-of-the-art machines..

Space Situational Awareness

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

Advanced Materials

Centauri is conducting material development and analysis activities for advanced composite structures. These efforts are focused on development of advanced airframes, structures, and components for high-speed, long duration flight. This includes manufacturing techniques for high-temperature resins, carbon fibers, and advanced ceramics for integrated airframe & thermal protection. Centauri capabilities for advanced materials development include the streamlined fabrication, testing, and analysis of in-house prototype designs.

Adversary Weapons System Analysis

Centauri leverages our expertise and experience decomposing the adversary threat and developing asymmetric measures to counter these systems. Our engineers develop and design test vectors that exercise their user equipment's (UE) real-world performance in challenged environments (rather than performance found in a specification sheet). We provide in-depth analyses of subsequent UE performance within these environments. This enables the defense community to understand the effects of emerging threats and to develop contingency plans in advance of operations to ensure warfighter success.

Geo-Positioning and Targeting

Geo-positioning, a foundational operation in remote sensing and geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), determines the location of objects with respect to a given reference frame based on the information gathered by the sensor(s) from a location remote to the observed objects. Knowing that something exists in the scene is important, but knowing precisely where it is located gives context and makes the data actionable. The process of geo-positioning provides the “where” aspect of intelligence gathering.

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.

Space Situational Awareness

Space Situational Awareness (SSA) 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).