The National Reconnaissance Office has awarded six companies separate contracts under the Strategic Business Improvements Program to provide insight into radio frequency remote sensing capabilities.
Aurora Insight, HawkEye 360, Kleos Space, PredaSAR, Spire Global and Umbra Lab will conduct studies to help inform the agency’s future acquisition and integration of commercial space data into the agency’s aerial architecture, said declared NRO on Wednesday.
In a separate announcement, HawkEye 360 said it will model and simulate RF sensing capabilities, perform accuracy and quality checks, and demonstrate aerial delivery of RF data to mobile, transportable, and fixed ground stations in the whole world.
“Building on nearly four years of in-orbit operational experience, HawkEye 360 appreciates the opportunity to continue working with the NRO to integrate commercial RF innovations into its evolving architecture,” said Alex Fox, Director of the growth of HawkEye 360.
Meanwhile, Spire Global noted that it operates a constellation of more than 100 general-purpose satellites that monitor RF signals to provide maritime, aeronautical and weather information.
“The remote sensing technique of monitoring radio frequency signals plays a crucial role in gathering intelligence through GNSS jamming detection and geolocation, as well as providing an objective and transparent view of the movement of ships and aircraft,” said Vice Chairman of the Federal Government Chuck Cash. sales at Spire Global.
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