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Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar (SENSR) Program Announcement

Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) | Published August 18, 2016  -  Deadline October 18, 2016
The Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (DOT, FAA), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), intends to stand up a cross-agency program titled Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar (SENSR), to assess the feasibility of acquiring new surveillance solutions (potentially radar or non-radar) that may result in a consolidation of incumbent legacy surveillance radars (e.g. long range aircraft, short range aircraft, and weather surveillance), or a system of systems surveillance capability.   If successful, this effort may result in making the 1300 – 1350 MHz band available for reallocation to shared Federal and/or non-Federal use.
In compliance with the Spectrum Pipeline Act of 2015, the agencies are developing a SENSR Spectrum Pipeline Plan to seek funds from the Spectrum Relocation Fund (SRF) for this purpose. The SENSR Spectrum Pipeline Plan is expected to be submitted in September to the Technical Panel, which consists of representatives of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Technical Panel will approve or disapprove the Plan within 120 days of submission.  Before OMB can make the requested payment to the agencies, it will submit the approved plan to Congress, as required by the Spectrum Pipeline Act of 2015.
If the Plan is approved, and after Congressional notification,  the SENSR Program intends to issue a Request for Information (RFI) and hold an Industry Day, to initiate industry involvement. The RFI will seek industry input on the technical and project execution feasibility. The RFI is planned to be released in early FY17 with the Industry Day to follow shortly thereafter.
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