WASHINGTON — Bluestaq announced March 23 it has received a $280 million contract from the U.S. Space Force to expand an existing library of space objects that integrates data from commercial and government sources.
The project, known as the Unified Data Library, or UDL, started in 2018 when Bluestaq — a startup based in Colorado Springs, Colorado — received an Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to develop the concept. The initial goal of the UDL was to provide a single location for data and to help simplify data rights management.
The UDL is a joint initiative of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center. The cloud-based platform hosts space situational awareness data from dozens of commercial, academic, and government organizations and provides a digital storefront for users of the data.