The U.S. Air Force has begun the presolicitation process for a staring overhead infrared sensor to be mounted on a commercial satellite, Military Aerospace reported Wednesday.
John Keller writes the Space and Missile Systems Center posted earlier in the week a request for information to interested vendors for the Wide Field of View Hosted Payload project.
The RFI seeks to answer questions to the WFV HP project’s cost and delivery schedules ahead of the request for proposals slated for March 2014, the report said.
Companies have until Aug. 19 to submit statements of capability, it added.
According to Keller, the Air Force is looking at a $42 million budget for the sensor that officials are hoping to be ready by March 2018.