Pentagon Eyes Commerical Space-Based SAR Acquisition

 

The Pentagon has given industry a few more days to respond to a request for information on the provision of space-based synthetic aperture radar imagery.The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is managing the effort; so far it’s only a request for information. Nevertheless, folks like those behind the German SAR-Lupe or Italian Cosmo-SkyMed are interested.

With the Pentagon’s efforts to field a space-based SAR system in turmoil, going commercial seems a quicker solution. The resolution may not be what the intelligence community wants, but for the military’s day-to-day collection needs it may just be the thing. NGA already buys electro-optical imagery from commercial vendors.

What’s more, offloading the mundane task could make the job easier for the National Reconnaissance Office to develop a intel-dedicated system.

Here’s some of what NGA is asking for:

• Small area (<10 km wide) and/or large area (>10 km) imagery for reconnaissance, mapping, and charting;

• Structure location and identification;

• Area feature and surface type identification;

• Area elevation derivation;

• Trail and path detection;

• Moving target identification;

• Disaster assessment and mitigation for natural disasters such as hurricane, flooding, forest fire, earthquake and land movement or manmade disasters such as structure collapses;

• Wilderness, aviation and nautical search and recovery;

• Sea ice detection and tracking;

• Weather, wind and wave height detection for naval operations;

• Oil Spill detection;

• Bathymetry and obstacle identification in the littoral domain; and

• Maritime Surveillance

• Capability to provide products collected at high (~50 to 60°), mid, or low (~15 to 20°) incidence angles to support specific application needs.

 

 

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One Response to Pentagon Eyes Commerical Space-Based SAR Acquisition

  1. […] Aviation Week’s International Editor Robert Wall blogged last week on Sidelobe that the Pentagon has given industry a few more days to respond to a request for information on the […]

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