The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency has issued a request for information to find space-based technology offerings for potential use in satellites that weigh less than 1,102 pounds.
IARPA said Thursday in a FedBizOpps notice it will accept capability statements on small satellites, data collection and processing tools and subsystems through May 31.
The agency expects to attract responses from independent consultants, scientists, engineers and small businesses across the academic and technology sectors.
Technology areas of interest mentioned in the RFI include temporal and spectral imaging, synthetic aperture radar, artificial intelligence or machine learning onboard processing for communications and payload, command and data handling, autonomous operations and ground data systems.
Through the RFI, the agency aims to discover technologies that have not been previously demonstrated in space or small satellites, accelerate modernization or development of new small satellite systems and identify potential incubators and investments for this market.