Air Force Research Laboratory is Adding Ground-Based Space Awareness Technologies

April 30, 2018

The Boeing Co., Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been awarded a $12,353,134 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the acquisition of the geostationary imaging with a ground-based rotating sparse aperture array of telescopes. This contract provides for the development and demonstration of a new ground-based space situational awareness platform for obtaining resolved images of geosynchronous satellites. Work will be performed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be complete by April 23, 2021. Fiscal year 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $504,810 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-18-C-9100).

In another, separate award of $11,930,080, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Palo Alto, California, will provide research and development support of the Michelson Interferometric Station Telescope for Resolved Imaging system. The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract provides for the design of a novel ground-based Interferometric direct imaging system in accordance with the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity defined metrics. Work will be performed in Palo Alto and is expected to be complete by January 31, 2021. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and 11 offers were received. Fiscal year 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $504,810 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-18-C-9103).

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