Sierra Space partners with IBM to develop the next generation of space technologies

Sierra Space, a commercial space company, and IBM, a technology leader in the space industry, announced the signing of a new memorandum of understanding at the end of October. The two companies plan to collaborate on the development of the next generation of space technologies and software platforms for Sierra Space’s entire line of space vehicles and infrastructure.

A subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation, Sierra Space is leading the way into the future of space transportation with Dream Chaser, the world’s first winged commercial spaceplane. Built at its Colorado headquarters, it is set to launch in 2023 on the first of a series of NASA missions to the ISS, the International Space Station, to ferry cargo there and return to land like a regular aircraft on commercial airport runways.

Other plans for the company include establishing a human spaceflight center and an astronaut training academy at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. It is also building an array of space destinations for low Earth orbit (LEO) commercialization, including the Large Integrated Flexible Environment (LIFE) habitat at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a three-story commercial and science platform designed for LEO. Dream Chaser and LIFE are core components of Orbital Reef, a low-orbit mixed-use business park developed by lead partners Sierra Space and Blue Origin, which is expected to be operational by 2027.

The memorandum of understanding

Under the terms of the agreement, Sierra Space will integrate analytics and data analytics technology from IBM, one of the world’s leading providers of hybrid cloud and AI services, to coordinate tasks and load work of its astronauts. Additionally, IBM will support Sierra Space in its build journey. “a seamless, comprehensive, one-of-a-kind in-space technology platform to effectively serve the in-space cloud and drive mission operations, while supporting the development of new applications for commerce, research, tourism and more. »

Tom Vice, CEO of Sierra Space, explains:

“Sierra Space is leading the design, development and operations for the future of commercial space and infrastructure. Through this planned agreement with IBM, we will leverage the full depth of its industry expertise and portfolio of innovative technologies to assess and support the unique challenges in space that we will face as we build the future of the commercial space. Efficient hybrid space platforms will allow us to extract untapped value from the increasing amounts of data generated in space. Together, we will leverage secure AI to develop new capabilities for Sierra Space, IBM, the wider orbital ecosystem, and the new space economy. »

IBM’s technology platform will enable Sierra Space to automate business operations to drive better performance, IT operations to deliver actionable insights, application and data flows to improve customer experience, networks to provide contactless operations and thus generate deeper insights into threats and orchestration actions.

This collaboration will build a single IT environment for flexible, secure and open operations.

Naeem Altaf concludes:

“IBM is committed to reinvigorating approaches to science and innovation to meet today’s greatest challenges. Collaborating with a leader like Sierra Space will support the growth of a more robust space economy in low Earth orbit and beyond. There is unlimited potential for humanity’s future in space. We view Sierra Space as an essential leader and collaborator in advancing this vision. In this envisioned – but secure – environment, collaborators and partners will be able to innovate, co-create and cooperate together at scale in a way that mutually benefits the space industry as a whole. As we move forward, IBM looks forward to working with Sierra Space on a series of initiatives to accelerate new and innovative possibilities for LEO and the new space economy. »

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