Cignus is excited to have recently delivered our prototype Spaceport Analysis Toolkit (SAT) platform to the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST). This cloud-based platform uses state-of-the-art 3-D mapping and GIS tools to give potential spaceport operators and developers early location feasibility advice based on a variety of GIS data sources including NAS infrastructure, public safety concerns, and environmental impacts.
As our CTO and head of development for the SAT prototype toolkit, Dr. Florian Hafner worked with Cignus’ software developers and FAA program/technical staff to define geospatial analysis webservices, browser-based GIS applications, and cloud-based deployment architectures. Another area of particular concern was cybersecurity including role-based access controls to the data and service platform and data security/integrity for sensitive GIS data layers.
“We are proud to have worked with AST on emerging needs and platforms that support future commercial space operators. As a company, we always try to find ways of integrating emerging technologies with current day applications and processes and the ever increasing need for access to space and spaceport launch/recovery sites has certainly made this a priority. That’s where the SAT tool comes into play…”, says Dr. Hafner.