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US agencies band together for radar consolidation

Four agencies looking to band together to create a combined radar system want more information from commercial spectrum users and the public on their plan for the project, notes FWC. “Just over a year ago, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration unveiled an idea to combine surveillance, air safety and weather radar applications into a single, spectrum-conserving ‘system of systems’ by 2024. The cross-agency team is called the Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar (SNSR). The plan is for the agencies to vacate 30 MHz of the 1300-1350 MHz band to make it available for reallocation for shared federal and non-federal use.” The move was authorised under the Spectrum Pipeline Act of 2015. In the summer of 2017, the Office of Management and Budget in the summer of 2017 gave $71.5 million to the four agencies to proceed with a feasibility study into how best to consolidate their radio spectrum and auction a portion of it to commercial interests. Read more

  • Thursday, 26 April 2018

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