Pulsar Guardian allows warfighters to bring in any tool, from any company to simulate, test, and train in a realistic synthetic space environment without disrupting real missions.
FREMONT, CA: Maryland based Lockheed Martin opened its new state of the art facility, Pulsar Guardia, in Colorado Springs. The Pulsar Guardian will allow the U.S. Air Force and others to simulate, test, and train in a multi-domain environment, reflective of today's complex space environment.
The Pulsar Guardian allows warfighters to bring in any tool, from any company to simulate, test, and train in a realistic synthetic space environment without disrupting real missions. The new facility follows the U.S. Air force Universal Command and Control Interface Standard (UCI) and is also fully compliant.
The state of the art laboratory houses monitors and computer systems can accommodate approximately fifty people at a time. "Pulsar Guardian reflects a new way for space operators to evaluate new systems, changes to existing ones, or train on the platforms they use every day. Wargaming and training have never been as immersive – it's a game-changer,” said Maria Demaree, Lockheed Martin Space vice president, and general manager of Mission Solutions.
Kurt Nelson, Technical Adviser at Pulsar Guardian, believes Lockheed Martin is focused on the idea of integrating software tools that will enable the evaluation and visualization of space-based scenarios. “Most of the problems we are trying to solve are software-related, and we emulate the hardware to see how the software and hardware work together in a more realistic environment,” said Nelson. The laboratory will be expanded further to include artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented reality capabilities.
With operations becoming multi-domain, the need for facilities like Pulsar Guardian, which allow the military to integrate, synchronize, and simulate battle conditions without interrupting present-day operations, is also increasing. This new facility is capable of reproducing what an Air Space Integration looks like, by rendering visuals of how an unmanned aircraft or fighter jet could interface directly with a satellite and get the right data at the right time to take action. Also, cyber-attacks and mitigations can be tested in a sandboxed collaborative environment.
"We recognize that the problems our customers have to solve are enormous, and we can’t solve every problem ourselves. No one company has the technology to solve every problem, but if we knit those technologies together, we can solve those problems,” said Christine Jeseritz, Program Manager at Lockheed Martin.