DARPA to brief industry 26 Feb. on SSPARC program to share RF spectrum among radar and communications

ARLINGTON, Va., 14 Feb. 2013. U.S. military researchers will brief industry Feb. 26 on a new program to develop technology for radio frequency spectrum sharing among radar and communications systems with the goal of improving overall radar and communications capability.

Scientists at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., will host a proposers' day conference for the Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications (SSPARC) program from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 26 Feb. 2013 at the DARPA offices at 675 N. Randolph St. in Arlington, Va.

The conference is to provide information on the SSPARC program; promote additional discussion; address questions from potential bidders; enable proposers to present their capabilities; offer teaming opportunities; and conduct pre-scheduled one-on- one meetings with the SSPARC program manager.

A broad agency announcement (DARPA-BAA-13-24) should be released prior to the conference, DARPA officials say. The SSPARC program seeks to improve radar and communications capabilities through spectrum sharing.

Attendance at the conference is voluntary and is not required to submit SSPARC proposals.

The SSPARC program seeks to develop technology applicable to spectrum sharing among military radars and military communications systems, as well as among military radars and commercial communications systems.

Program work will include spectrum sharing systems and separation mechanisms, supporting technologies that improve performance when sharing spectrum, theoretical performance limits and grounded design techniques, and relevant regulatory topics, DARPA officials say.

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Those who would like to attend the SSPARC industry day conference must register no later than next Tuesday, 19 Feb. 2013, by email to Put PROPOSERS’ DAY in the subject line.

Registration emails must include full name, organization, email address, postal address, and telephone number. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited to three people per organization.

The conference room at DARPA will be open for teaming discussions after the briefings. One-on-one meetings with the DARPA program manager will begin at 3 p.m. Schedule one-on-one meetings by email to, with ONE-ON-ONE MEETING in the subject line.

Other one-on-one meetings will be available on 27 Feb. at DARPA, or on 1 March by teleconference.

Email questions or concerns to More information is online at /listing.html.

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