HawkEye 360 awarded $15.5M contract with Air Force Research Laboratory

Thu, 13 Jan 2022 23:13:06 GMT
Space Daily

Herndon VA (SPX) Jan 12, 2022 HawkEye 360 Inc., the world's leading commercial provider of...

HawkEye 360 Inc., the world's leading commercial provider of space-based radio frequency data and analytics, has announced it has been awarded a three year, $15.5 million Experimental Purpose Agreement contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate.

Through the agreement, HawkEye 360 will provide radio frequency analytics research, development, and experiments to help the government demonstrate, test and evaluate its hybrid space ISR architecture.

"This agreement is a tremendous opportunity for HawkEye 360 to showcase the whole spectrum of capability we offer the government as it develops its space architectures," said CEO John Serafini.

"We deliver value not only through the efficient tasking, collection and delivery of our RF data, which has never before been commercially available, but also through embedded operational support and enhanced analytics capabilities, deriving applicable insights for diverse end users. Ultimately, we hope to shape a pathway for further integration of valuable commercial capabilities into the government's space architecture."

HawkEye 360 has previously supported numerous Air Force Research Laboratory exercises, but had never done so through a direct contract vehicle.

As part of the new agreement, HawkEye 360 will support a variety of operational use cases by providing embedded personnel support, data collection, tools for data ingestion, analytics and more.

The EPA contract vehicle is available for use by all Combatant Commands as they look to test and demonstrate innovative commercial RF data and analytics to include Direct Downlink to government ground stations.

"Our team is excited to be part of an AFRL program focused on developing and transitioning space capabilities for more effective and affordable warfighter missions. We share AFRL's vision for a hybrid government and commercial ISR architecture to address growing global threats and to provide the warfighter with high-impact insights needed to support their mission."

"The Department of Defense constantly seeks to identify, evaluate and recommend commercial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities for integration into United States Air Force and United States Space Force workflows," said AFRL Technical Program Manager Charlene Jacka.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to explore at greater scale and depth, using real-world scenarios, how a leading radio frequency data and analytics provider such as HawkEye 360 can supplement and strengthen our hybrid satellite ISR architecture, and to develop new tactics, techniques and procedures to enable further utility assessments."

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