Northrop Grumman eyes synthetic aperture ladar for space situational awareness

LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md., 7 Dec. 2006. Electro-optics engineers at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems in Linthicum Heights, Md., are investigating the use of laser detection and ranging (ladar) technology to capture 3-D images in space.

LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md., 7 Dec. 2006. Electro-optics engineers at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems in Linthicum Heights, Md., are investigating the use of laser detection and ranging (ladar) technology to capture 3-D images in space.

Northrop Grumman won a $12.8 million U.S. Air Force contract Dec. 5 for the Long View Program, which will apply inverse synthetic aperture ladar imaging techniques for space-based imaging.

The contract comes from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The contract number is FA8650-07-C-7701.

Air Force researchers are looking to Northrop Grumman to develop synthetic aperture ladar imaging technology to classify and take high-resolution images of space objects in high-Earth orbit and geosynchronous Earth orbit.

One of the goals of the Long View Program is enhance space situational awareness by a substantial margin, Air Force officials say.

Northrop Grumman is to finish work on this contract by September 2008.

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