Defence Enhanced Surveillance from Space Project (DESSP)
DESSP will replace and improve upon the defence capabilities delivered by the GC RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) and Polar Epsilon 1 and 2 projects.
DESSP will fulfill the Space-based Surveillance Requirements Document (SBS-RD) requirements to the maximum extent possible. It will include a space-based synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and an Automatic Identification System (AIS). Other payloads and capabilities may include detection of Common Maritime Transmissions, and other space-based surveillance payload capabilities. Key requirements include weather and light conditions independency, interoperability with allies, focus on low-latency, global access and defined areas of interest, arctic surveillance, and tactical ordering and reception.
$1 billion to $4.99 billion
Anticipated Timeline (Fiscal Year)
- Options Analysis Phase
- In Progress
- Start Definition
- Start Implementation
- Initial Delivery
- Beyond 2035
- Final Delivery
- Beyond 2035
Defence Capability Areas
Defence Capability Investment Areas
- Battlespace Situational Awareness Tools
- Information Management Tools
- Satellite Communications Systems
- Satellite Subsystems
Key Industrial Capabilities
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