Capella Space signs CRADA agreement with US Army’s SMDTC centre
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Capella Space signs CRADA agreement with US Army’s SMDTC centre

22 Oct 2021 (Last Updated October 22nd, 2021 11:41)

The agreement will see the company and SMDTC integrate SAR service into networks and platforms of the US Army.

Capella Space signs CRADA agreement with US Army’s SMDTC centre
Capella’s SAR data gathers imagery quickly and securely. Credit: skym4k3r / Flickr.

Information services company Capella Space has signed an agreement to integrate its synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data into the US Army’s Payload Development Lab.

The cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) was signed with the US Army Space and Missile Defense Technical Center (SMDTC).

Under the CRADA agreement, the two entities will integrate SAR service into networks and platforms of the army.

This integration will help meet tactical user requirements for quick tasking and delivery of space data.

The agreement will also see Capella Space explore other space-based technology concepts within test and simulated environments.

US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC) Technical Center director Tom Webber said: “SMDTC is looking forward to this partnership with the team at Capella Space.

“Capella is the first US company to commercialise SAR and is uniquely positioned to provide mission-critical support to tactical users and advance the army’s critical mission.”

Capella noted that its SAR data quickly and securely gathers quality imagery.

In addition to claiming to capture images during most weather conditions, day and night, the SARs system can capture amplitude, phase the historical data, and enables the extraction of intelligence data, including material properties, moisture, and even other small changes and movements that otherwise are possible with electro-optical imagery.

Capella Space CEO and founder Payam Banazadeh said: “Every day, the United States Armed Forces are tasked with keeping the peace and saving lives across multiple domains in a state of constant change.

“We’re proud to offer US-made, market-leading SAR to support the US Government, from policymaking to the tactical user.”

In May last year, Capella Space signed a contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to provide airborne SAR data to the US Navy.