U.S. Air Force to Pursue Competing Space Radar Concepts

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Northrop Grumman (NOC) Space Technology and Lockheed Martin (LMT) were awarded two contracts amounting about U.S. $49 million each, for the development of candidate architectures for a future space-based, Synthetic Aperture Radar / Surface Moving Target Indication (SAR/GMTI) imaging system. The Space Radar (SR) will provide global, persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability.

Under the current phase, the two companies will conduct trade studies, modeling and simulation, risk reduction, and technology demonstrations, to explore potential SR solution sets. The launch of a Space Radar satellite demonstrator was planned for FY2008. Previous programs which led to this phase included a space SAR demonstrator developed by Lockheed Martin and a study conducted by Raytheon, for the Space Based radr program.

By combining SAR, GMTI, and digital terrain elevation data, the Space Radar will be able to track and target stationary or moving combatants in near real time, almost anywhere on earth, at anytime. The imaging products provided by the SR will be implemented on high resolution terrain information products and utilized by the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community (IC) users.




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