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Australia to develop new satellite RF payload

10th February 2021 - 01:55 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland

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Australia has issued an RfP seeking vendors who can help develop radio frequency sensor payloads for a constellation of future military satellites.

Australia will fund research into the development of a new radio frequency capability for small satellites.

The Department of Defence released an RfP on 4 February looking to establish an Advanced Radio Frequency Payload Research Network (ARFP-RN) to develop a sensor payload that can be integrated with small satellite bus technology.

Australia wants to establish a constellation of small satellites (up to 200kg) that will operate at medium to fine resolution and with a wide-swath synthetic aperture radar. The constellation will provide a space-based surveillance layer to its broad-area maritime surveillance ISR architecture.

The payload will be first demonstrated in …

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