DARPA Adds University to Spectrum Sharing Program Which Already Includes Lockheed, SAIC

ManpackRadioThe Michigan Technological University has won a $681, 050 contract under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s program to build a radio frequency spectrum sharing technology for military and commercial usage, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Wednesday.

John Keller writes Michigan Tech researchers will work to consolidate spectrum resource manager technology and to integrate spectrum sharing techniques with a machine learning control layer for migrating radars to fresh frequency bands.

DARPA aims for the Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications program to prevent interference across military radars and commercial communications systems, according to the report.

The agency recently awarded a $747, 471 contract for SAZE Technologies to unify radar and communications for base stations, $2.6 million for Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to integrate cognitive control plane into spectrum separation techniques and $2.1 million for SAIC (NYSE: SAIC) to engineer a simulation technology using existing radar and military radio systems, MAE reports.

Keller writes the SSPARC program is intended to provide radar and communications systems with spectrum access below 6 Gigahertz.

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