U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert
- The Air Force named new software “Kobayashi Maru“designed to monitor man-made objects in space.
- The program was named after Kobayashi Maru’s simulation of a supposedly unwinnable scenario in the Star Trek universe.
- The software package will replace 40-year-old legacy systems and help link Space Force to America’s “Five Eyes” allies.
The US Space Force has announced the development of a brand new software package designed to track and monitor objects in space. Dubbed “Kobayashi Maru”, the cloud-based program was designed to modernize the way the US Air Force – and now the US Space Force – interacts in space, but with its sharing alliance allies. information “Five Eyes”.
The package, developed by Silicon Valley-based Palantir Systems, is meant to simplify tracking objects in space. It also provides data streaming and storage technologies for the US Space Force, allowing it easy access to key data about objects surrounding Earth. In 2019, the Air Force described it as providing “a real-time data display of information of high interest to the global space community, such as upcoming space launches, potential satellite conjunctions, atmospheric re-entries of objects in space, status of sensors and other relevant information.
The Kobayashi Maru is uniquely designed to share spatial data with allies, enhancing “spatial domain awareness” among all. The Five Eyes Alliance, made up of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, cooperates on various aspects of intelligence, from human intelligence (spies) to space intelligence, in the purpose of sharing information for use against common adversaries. . This new system allows other non-US members of the alliance easy access to space data collected by the United States.
The system is named after the Kobayashi Maru simulation, an exercise that all cadets at the fictional Star Trek Starfleet Academy must participate in. The simulation places a starship captain in an unwinnable situation as a test of courage and tests a captain’s ability to deal with certain fatalities
According to a article 2019, the Air Force named the Kobayashi Maru program after Kirk’s famous hijacking of the rules of simulation. The department was convinced that the existing software procurement system was too slow and too bureaucratic to produce the software it needed. The service wanted to circumvent the bureaucracy, by circumventing its own rules, in order to set up and operate the new space software.
The Kobayashi Maru is another space pop culture reference for the Air Force/Space Force. Space Force official logo resembles the United Federation of Planets logo from Star Trek. Space Force also has a Space Operations Center, or SPOC, which looks way too much like “Spock” to be a coincidence.
But Star Trek isn’t the only pop culture reference to find its way into the Space Force. The service also has Kessel race, a software division named after a smuggling route used by Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon. The Space Force is also developing two software packages named after science fiction video games: Starfoxwhich “provides accurate and timely radio frequency windows for military, commercial and mission partners”, and metroida “high interest event tracker” that provides information on such events across the Department of Defense space community.
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