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Defence Enhanced Surveillance from Space - Project (DESSP)

Project Type

Project Replace


DESSP will replace and improve upon the capabilities delivered by the GC project RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) and Polar Epsilon 2. DESSP will continue the operational provision of space-based Synthetic Aperture RADAR (SAR) and Automatic Identification System (AIS) data, and will deliver additional capabilities/payloads, some classified.


Requirements for the design

and development of future Space-Based Surveillance (SBS) systems that will be composed of space-based synthetic aperture radar (SAR), Automatic Identification System (AIS), Electro Optical/Infrared (EO/IR), Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI), and other space-based surveillance payload capabilities.

Funding Range

$1 billion to $4.99 billion

Anticipated Timeline (Fiscal Year)

Defence Capability Areas

Defence Capability Investment Areas

Key Industrial Capabilities

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