The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF) has signed two agreements with Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) to partner on information-driven airforce operations.
The RNAF seeks to use information-driven functionalities to improve and accelerate its response to potential military threats, NLR stated.
Under the terms of the first agreement, NLR and the RNAF will co-develop a nanosatellite called Brik-II.
The proposed 6U CubeSat will be built and launched at a total cost of around €2.5m.
Expected to be launched in 2019, Brik-II will have the ability to travel with a velocity of 7km/s.
The satellite would collect information using three instruments, while orbiting around Earth.
NLR will manage instrument detecting radio waves from sources, including radar installations, to enable the RNAF to better map its surroundings.
It is also responsible for ‘ground processing’, which involves converting the collected raw data into data with military relevance.
NLR said that the nanosatellite will serve as a digital mailbox that will allow troops in the field to send all kinds of data to defence headquarters without others being able to access it.
The second deal has been signed to renew the existing agreement between the RNAF and NLR regarding military air and space operations.
As part of the previous deal, a cluster was made up of the RNAF, the aerospace industry, and the NLR.
Over the past four years, the Aerospace Cluster initiated eighteen projects for the continued development of military air and space operations.