Aussie Company strikes deal with NASA to help get people to the Moon: what about SpaceX?

An Australian tech company just struck a deal with NASA and will provide the space agency with software to monitor the first woman and first person of color to land on the Moon. They will also help monitor the first human on Mars.

FirstWave obtains an extension role with NASA to provide software

According to the Business Wire story, FirstWave Cloud Technology or ASX:FCT announced that the Australian technology company was able to secure an extension to its role with NASA. The company is responsible for providing surveillance software to the space agency.

Opmantek was recently acquired by FirstWave which initially signed an agreement for its software to be used in the Artemis missions that took place in 2021. The reason this matters is that Artemis is the very first step in the “next era of mankind”. exploration.”

CEO Says They’ll Be Part of Team That Returns Humans to the Moon

It was also noted that Artemis will help NASA establish a “proper presence on the Moon” to prepare for missions to Mars. FirstWave CEO Danny Maher said he was proud to be “part of the team bringing humans back to the moon for the first time in 50 years.”

Maher noted that the event will be a historic moment as the world would see the first woman and first person of color able to leave their footprints alongside Neil Armstrong and other moon explorers.

The nature of how NASA uses FirstWave’s software remains a secret

The FirstWave CEO acknowledged that this was a massive and complex situation, but said he was very proud to provide software to help support it. The Business Wire article noted that the exact nature of how FirstWave’s software is used by NASA is a secret.

Despite the secrecy, FirstWave has always been selected to manage certain real-time events in a critical environment. A major feature of FirstWave’s solutions is automated software event resolution. These events can be applied in any environment.

NASA uses three main software modules

So far, NASA uses three different main software modules; NMIS, opEvents and opHA. Each of these modules works and is designed to work differently but adds support in different places.

The NMIS would be the backbone of a “network management system”, it would also be the heart of the network management, monitoring and auditing software modules used by FirstWave.

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No competition with SpaceX since the company does not build rockets

The opEvents would include the processing of event diagnostics as well as the leverage of intelligent automation to help resolve issues. The last module is the oHa which includes high availability and automated redundancy, “with primary polling functions and geographical distributions of the management system to enable optimal functionality.

Since the Australian company is not in rockets but rather in software, it does not technically compete with SpaceX.

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