NGA posts Spectrum program RFI
On May 22, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency posted a request for information for the Spectrum program. Responses are due by 2:00 p.m. Eastern on June 12.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in support of the Advanced GEOINT Services Program Office is seeking information on how interested contractors could provide the services described below.
The focus is on the measurement of surface optical properties and bulk properties of materials, the development of models that use the measurements to create signatures of interest, and the curation of material databases created by other organizations not software development, maintenance of existing software or exploitation.
NGA has a mission-critical need for accurate measurements of the surface optical and bulk properties of materials in order to perform materials detection, characterization and identification in remotely sensed imagery (i.e. multi- and hyper-spectral).
Currently, this need is satisfied by the Non-Conventional Exploitation Factors Data Base (NEFDS). In the future. The Non-conventional Exploitation Factors NEF Data Base is a central repository for high-quality data and parameters related to the optical, thermal, and electromagnetic properties of various material samples. Also included are statistical quantities relating to the measurement error and material variability. The associated data system, NEFDS, provides a series of exploitation algorithms for calculation of parameters necessary for spectroradiometric exploitation, including aperture radiance, bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF), as well as thermal and electromagnetic bulk properties. In the future this need will be satisfied through the Spectrum program which involves material measurements, weathering and contamination studies, Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) model development, uncertainty analysis, algorithm development, and material spectral analysis and taxonomy. In addition, the program will become the curator and integrator of an IC-wide spectral database.
Full information is available here.