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L3 Wins $9.2 Million for Agile Small-Satellite Experimental Telescope

L3 Technologies Space & Sensors SSG, Wilmington, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $9,238,925 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Agile Small-Satellite Experimental Telescope. This contract provides for development of infrared telescopes with size, weight and low recurring cost suitable for use on small satellites and capability for rapidly steering the telescope instantaneous field-of-view over a large angular field-of-regard. Work will be performed in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 24, 2020.

My first thought was that this could be early work on a constellation of infrared surveillance satellites.