Military Embedded Systems

RF spectrum access manager in development for Department of Defense


January 13, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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CHANTILLY, Va. Perspecta Inc. announced that its innovative applied research arm, Perspecta Labs, won a prime contract to develop a spectrum access manager for the Department of Defense (DoD) under the National Spectrum Consortium's Spectrum Base Agreement. The contract has a value of $6.2 million and a three-year period of performance.

While the radio frequency (RF) spectrum is a vital resource for DoD testing of various types of weapon systems and military platforms, the spectrum is also limited, congested, and under increasing demand for both military and commercial use.

Perspecta Labs claims it will develop a spectrum access manager that is intended to enable DoD test ranges to better understand and characterize their RF spectrum environment, quantify the performance of test systems based on a given mission profile, and improve efficiency in the scheduling and allocation of RF spectrum.

According to the company, the Perspecta Labs spectrum access manager will aim to provide DoD test ranges with the capability to deconflict spectrum assignments for testing, provide actionable information regarding telemetry link performance for a given flight path, implement automated sharing techniques to efficiently support required operations, and provide precise visualization of spectrum assignments and telemetry link performance. 

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