WASHINGTON — The U.S. Military will work with radar satellite tv for pc imagery supplier ICEYE to grasp how that know-how may be built-in into present and future Military missions and applied sciences.
Based mostly in Finland, ICEYE operates the world’s largest fleet of economic artificial aperture radar (SAR) satellites. In contrast to the normal electro-optical sensors army and intelligence businesses use to scan the Earth from area, SAR makes use of radar to create high-resolution imagery of the Earth’s floor. As a result of SAR isn’t depending on visibility, it may be used to supply imagery any time of day or evening. It additionally has the distinct benefit of having the ability to “see” by means of cloud cowl, one thing that hinders electro-optical imagery assortment.
ICEYE will collaborate with the Military’s House and Missile Protection Technical Heart by means of a cooperative analysis and improvement settlement, or CRADA, a instrument that enables the federal government to discover industrial capabilities with out monetary commitments.
“The usArmy is in search of inexpensive and versatile SAR and different superior sensor know-how to boost its many methods and missions. Excessive-quality, frequent-revisit industrial SAR is especially necessary to us as a result of it permits day-night, all-weather imaging and enhances nationwide satellite tv for pc methods,” stated Col. Matt Anderson, SMDC’s House Directorate chief in a Nov. 18 announcement.
Beneath the CRADA, the Military and ICEYE will discover SAR imagery tasking, uplink, downlink, picture processing and dissemination in help of Military and Division of Protection necessities. A serious focus shall be decreasing the latency between SAR satellites and Military shooters. The Military will even work on interfacing with the satellites by means of its Frequent Floor Terminal and the Tactical Intelligence Focusing on Entry Node now in improvement.
“It’s our privilege to be the U.S. Military’s mission companion on this cooperative R&D effort,” stated ICEYE U.S. President Eric Jensen. “We look ahead to working carefully with SMDTC as we deliver ICEYE’s first-of-its-kind functionality to quite a lot of U.S. Military experiments and demonstrations.”
Nathan Strout covers area, unmanned and intelligence methods for C4ISRNET.