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.

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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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