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MOIRE - Membrane Optic Imager Real-Time Exploitation

Solicitation Number: DARPA-BAA-10-51
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Location: Contracts Management Office
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September 30, 2010
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
Added: Mar 26, 2010 2:50 pm
Summary of the Broad Agency Announcement (see PDF File for complete instructions):

DARPA is soliciting innovative system-oriented research proposals in the area of large, low cost, lightweight, deployable, visible and/or infrared electro-optical systems for persistent, tactical, real-time video over denied territory for missile launch detection and tracking from geosynchronous orbit. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in such systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

The MOIRE program will provide persistent, real-time, tactical video and missile launch detection and tracking to the war fighter. Development of diffractive membrane optics may facilitate low-cost geosynchronous imaging. All designs must be traceable to an operational 20 m system providing 24/7 visible NIIRS 3.5+ coverage over denied areas with at least a 1 Hz update rate, FOV > 100 km2, field of regard > 108 km2 with a designed cost not to exceed $500M a copy after initial NRE. This set of criteria is hereafter referred to as the objective Design Reference Mission (DRM).

DARPA seeks complete balanced innovative system-oriented proposals for MOIRE which address all the following important technical factors:

[1] Large low cost, lightweight, deployable, diffractive membrane optics for geosynchronous orbit imaging systems.

[2] Near real time image stabilization and tactical geolocation knowledge, exploiting exquisitely accurate attitude determination and control systems and ground truth controls

[3] A telescope design that increases spectral bandwidth

[4] Stability and dynamics of the large MOIRE structure in geosynchronous orbit

[5] Target motion detection capability at > 0.1 Hz

[6] Probability of detection for a SCUD-class launch of 0.99, with less than one false alarm per month.


Added: Apr 06, 2010 12:01 pm

Notice:  The proposal due date is 11 May 2010.  Paragraph 4.5.1 "Proposal Submission Deadline" first sentence is revised to read:  "The proposal must be submitted to DARPA/TTO, Attn: Dr. Derek Tournear, 3701 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington VA 22203-1714 on or before 4:00 p.m., local Arlington, VA time, 11 May 2010."
Added: Apr 16, 2010 3:32 pm
AMENDMENT 2 TO THE BAA:Amendment 2 to the BAA is issued with the following summary of changes:
Clarifies the system may also provide missile launch detection and launcher tracking

Emphasizes other suitable technology optics as cceptable, provide they meet the objectives of the system

Revises "Rough Order of Magnitude" to read "Engineering Estimate"

Other miscellaneous items

The full revised Amendment is provided both with and without track changes.

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Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Posted Date:
March 26, 2010
Description: DARPA-BAA-10-51 MOIRE Full Broad Agency Announcement

Amendment 1

Posted Date:
April 16, 2010
Description: Amendment 2 MOIRE BAA dated 4-16-2010 (without track changes)
Description: Amendment 2 MOIRE BAA dated 4-16-2010 (with track changes)
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