Deep Space Advanced Radar Concept (DARC)

Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) Technology Demonstration

Our Contribution

APL is leading solutions for the Space Force with the DARC technology demonstrator program. Using a minimum of just three ground-based antenna sites, spaced at mid-latitudes around the world, the government plans to operationalize the ability to detect, track, and maintain awareness of satellites in, to, and through geosynchronous orbit.

The test and demonstration efforts reduced the technical risk and validated the system design before the implementation of an operational radar system. With the technology demonstrations complete, the Space Force has moved to procure a full system from industry incorporating the lessons learned from APL’s design—giving the nation a constant capability to track potential threats to missile warning, communications, and other national security satellites.

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