#CAISR | Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance

Problem Statement

Catalyst Accelerator is seeking commercial solutions to address Air Force (AF) and DoD applications in space-based ISR. ISR activities entail full-spectrum (ELF thru RF, MMW, THz, IR, EO, UV, and ionizing radiation) active and passive sensing, detection, discrimination, warning, and tracking of both earth and space-borne entities, events, and activities of military and national interest. Preferred solutions are near-term operational; however, all innovative technology solutions will be considered.

Ideal solutions will operate well within a contested space environment, e.g. are/readily made resilient to jamming, blinding, spoofing, and disablement, and be able to integrate well with solutions and architectures sourced by multiple vendors.

Technologies of relevance include significantly advantageous sensing devices including detectors, transmitters, antennas, optics; signal processing and multi-source fusion algorithms, computing resources, and services; and technologies and methods for smart distribution of ISR products to DoD consumers (the right information to the attention of the right entity at the right time). This is not considered an all-encompassing list of potential technologies. Specifically, technologies able to advance ISR with disruptive solutions and novel applications of existing technology are of particular interest.

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