Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has been awarded a modification, worth $16.77 million, for Deep Space Advanced Radar Concept (DARC) technology demonstration.
The contract modification completes the delivery of the technology demonstration project. Work will be performed in APL’s facility in Laurel, Maryland; and White Sands Missile Range (WMSR), New Mexico, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2021.
Fiscal 2020 research and development funds in the amount of $2 million are being obligated at the time of the award. The total cumulative face value of the task order is around $45.6 million. Space and Missile System Center (SMC) Directorate at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the contracting activity (FA8819-19-F-1003)(P00009).
Deep Space Advanced Radar Concept (DARC)
The Deep Space Advanced Radar Concept (DARC) will leverage ongoing defense science and technology efforts to mature radar concepts and technologies to develop and evaluate prototypes that demonstrate increased sensitivity, capacity, search rates, and scalability to detect, track and maintain custody of objects in deep space orbit.
This effort will analyze and select the most promising technologies to move forward into system development and /or operations; eventually creating a program of record (PoR).
DARC will augment the Space Surveillance Network (SSN) as an additional sensor with increased capacity and capability for deep space object custody at Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO).