IARPA seeks info on small sats
On March 14, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity posted a request for information for Innovative Technologies for Small Satellites. Responses are due by 4:00 p.m. Eastern on May 31.
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) invests in high-risk, high pay off research programs to tackle some of the most difficult challenges of the agencies and disciplines in the Intelligence Community (IC). Small satellites, which for the purpose of this request for information (RFI) are defined as spacecraft with a mass less than 500 kilograms, have demonstrated numerous low-cost applications with relatively short delivery times from concept to launch (i.e., 2-3 years).
Further reductions of the cost, risk, complexity, mass, and/or time to launch are required to mature the state of the art for small satellite capabilities, phenomenologies, or methodologies. IARPA seeks information on innovations in space-based research from a variety of entities to include independent consultants, small businesses, and scientist and engineers in the academic and technology fields to mature the state of the art for small satellites.
This RFI seeks capability statements relating to small satellites, subsystem technologies, and data collection and processing capabilities that are assessed to be at Technology Readiness Levels 1-6. Responses to this RFI should address one or more of the following objectives:
- Identify candidate technologies applicable to small satellites with game-changing and/or crosscutting potential and validate these technologies via spaceflight or lab environment that mimics space;
- Accelerate measureable improvement or create new small satellites capabilities related to autonomy, advanced communications, remote observation, space-based sensor phenomenologies, automated data processing or object recognition, or other applications associated with collecting, processing, and distributing information from small satellites-based platforms; or
- Identify key technology and capability investments that incubate and enhance the market for small satellites.
Full information is available here.