DoD’s Innovation Arm Solicits Bids From Remote Sensing Satellite Operators

Jeff Brody

The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit has started to seek offers from U.S. operators of remote sensing satellites that can provide data analytics and imagery services, SpaceNews reported Monday.

A solicitation published Monday says DIU’s Peacetime Indications and Warning project seeks to use commercial products to supplement the military’s remote sensing capabilities.

The Department of Defense has a “critical need for improved, large scale, situational awareness satisfied by less expensive, day-night, all-weather imaging satellites capable of filling gaps in space-based reconnaissance,” a spokesperson for DIU told the publication.

DIU is interested in remote sensing technologies such as hyperspectral imaging, synthetic aperture radar, electro-optical imaging, radio frequency sensing and infrared imaging.

Interested vendors have until Jan. 26 to submit bids.

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