Palantir Technologies (PLTR) + US Space Force:
Space Force on Jan. 26 announced that it had taken first steps towards decommissioning JMS SP-9 after taking “operational acceptance” of the Warp Core software, developed by Palantir.
And that decommissioning will be a good sign, said several experts versed in Space Command’s SDA systems.
“This will give … a commander a broad understanding what’s happening from a variety of different sensors, and that’s a good thing,” said the former Air Force official.
Warp Core is a multi-layer software tool for data management that performs a number of functions, but in particular it rapidly integrates data taken from multiple source systems — in the case of SDA, the various SSN sensors — to extract their data, and, in essence, translate it into a user-friendly form.
Palantir’s contract for Warp Core’s SDA applications is worth about $24 million, as part of a larger contractual package with SCC totaling $91.5 million that covers use of different iterations of the software tech stack for two other Department of the Air Force projects.
“Warp Core has enabled — via software — true domain awareness for the Space Command and Control Mission on an accelerated timeframe,” said Akash Jain, president of Palantir’s US government business. “It has also contributed to greater DoD and US Government needs as demonstrated during the Non-Combatant Evacuation operation in Afghanistan.”
Warp Core will serve as the data layer for ATLAS, the Advanced Tracking and Launch Analysis System being developed by L3Harris, that will eventually replace SPADOC — which Gen. Jay Raymond, who currently heads Space Force, called an “old clunker” way back in 2017.
“Due to the number of sensors, observations and data points, Warp Core provides a critical service by integrating and streamlining data for ATLAS,” Turnbull said.