AFRL posts new call for proposals

On May 2, the Air Force Research Laboratory opened a new call for proposals for the Applications of the Space Environment Project – Space Environment Exploitation and Mitigation (SEEM) Program FA9453-19-S-0001. Proposals are due no later than 12:00 p.m. Mountain on June 5.

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate (RV) Geospace Technologies Division (RVB) Geospace Environment Impacts and Applications Branch’s (RVBX) Space Environment Exploitation and Mitigation (SEEM) Program is interested in applied research and development and advanced technology to enhance the development and implementation of space environment models and sensors to meet various Air Force space weather system needs in order to specify, forecast, mitigate, and exploit environmental impacts on Department of Defense (DoD) space and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems. The SEEM Program full text FA9453-19-S-0001 outlines the general objectives of the Technical Topic Area A: Solar, Solar Wind, and Ionospheric Effects of this CALL.

AFRL/RVBX SEEM Program is interested in advancing the state-of-the-art and scientific knowledge in understanding and quantifying the impact of the space environment on operational systems that enable radio frequency (RF) for remote sensing. This effort will be performed at the AFRL/RVB Mission Data Analysis Center (RMDC) located at Kirtland AFB, NM to provide multiple aspects of space environment specification using RF remote sensing to execute modeling and simulation in support of characterizing the impact on DoD operational systems. A continued requirement for improved modeling, data processing, and applications using new remote sensing techniques has resulted in the need to develop the RMDC data processing resources. RMDC provides an end-to-end handling of space experiment data from acquisition, processing, cataloging, archival, and product distribution.

Through the introduction of new technology, enhanced capabilities, and process improvement, SEEM Program is interested in the following: (1) develop and interface HF propagation applications to address DoD operation; (2) innovative approaches for managing large quantity of HF remote sensing data; (3) develop standalone applications to specify ionosphere propagation at remote locations using local measurements; (4) approaches to consolidate HF propagation and ionosphere specification for transfer to remote facilities; (5) enhanced data specification to define space environment impacts on Air Force and ISR systems.

RMDC research efforts will require a potential offeror to have the technical skills and abilities and demonstrable working knowledge of Government, Air Force and other community research, and software development processes to ensure operational implementation of space environment specification and prediction algorithms to support the transition of technologies into DoD operational units. The offeror shall have the technical skills and abilities to design, develop, implement, and test algorithms to expand the RMDC capability to process ionospheric remote sensing and provide HF propagation information for remote systems. The offeror should have sufficient working knowledge of the ionosphere, HF propagation, and available ionospheric data to be able to develop the aforementioned models and tools. This includes design and development of scientific algorithms, documentation, test procedures, and configuration management of the developed capability.

RMDC mission includes activities required to execute the R&D, testing, data collection, and subsequent data dissemination and specifically applies to the unique cross-discipline effort for development, integration and exploitation. The Government is not seeking sources for fundamental data analysis and model development, but rather for the integrating research to develop those components toward meeting AFRL’s goals.

Full information is available here.

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