The Air Force Research Laboratory plans to solicit research proposals for the potential $99 million Multi-Spectral Sensing Technologies Research and Development program.
A notice posted Tuesday on the beta SAM website says AFRL’s multispectral sensing and detection division (RYM) plans to award at least two cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts under the MUSTER program and each contract could be worth between $100,000 and $10 million.
AFRL’s RYM division performs advanced technology development, applied and basic research, test and evaluation activities to help the U.S. Air Force meet its aerospace radiofrequency and electro-optical sensor requirements for air, space and command and control sensor systems.
A broad agency announcement is expected to be released in April. AFRL listed 15 research topics under the MUSTER program and these are:
- antenna technologies and electromagnetic scattering
- RF sensor systems technology
- waveform phenomenology, design and applications
- ultra-sensitive receivers for signals intelligence
- electro-optic and infrared sensor technology
- novel EO/IR hardware and algorithms
- hyperspectral imaging technology
- standoff high resolution imaging
- infrared search and track technology
- passive EO/IR space-based sensing
- laser radar imaging, systems, components and applications
- sensor information processing and integration
- fully adaptive radar
- radar communications co-existence for enabling 5G technologies and beyond
- advanced digital multifunction arrays