The $8.9 million "fleet surveillance" contract gives the Space Force a closeup view of SpaceX commercial launches.
Senior analyst Bonnie Triezenberg: "The Air Force needs to think about how they can maximize the number of U.S. suppliers."
SMC: “The study confirms the heavy lift launch market is unlikely to support more than two U.S. launch providers in the long term."
Tory Bruno: “A big thing when this started was that we had to be all over our supply chain."
The telescope was designed to track and identify debris and satellites more than 22,000 miles above Earth.
The contract is for a project called Kobayashi Maru, an effort to replace decades-old space command-and-control systems with modern software apps.
ManTech in 2010 received a 10-year contract for launch systems engineering and integration, and the job is now being re-competed.
The Space Enterprise Consortium could consider increasing opportunities for small businesses.
Rep. Adam Smith said a delay in the award of national security space contracts could be harmful to suppliers.
The U.S. Space and Missile Systems Center awarded satellite component supplier Space Micro a $3 million contract for a laser communications terminal designed to transmit data at a rate of 100 gigabits per second.
SMC Commander Thompson: 'It's definitely a priority for us to keep those innovative small companies in play."
SEAKR Engineering will join Lockheed Martin’s team for the Protected Tactical Satcom (PTS) program.
The Counter Communications System Block 10.2 was declared operational by the Space and Missile Systems Center’s special programs directorate.
Boeing and Lockheed Martin each received $191 million and $240 million contracts, respectively.
The AEHF-6 mission scheduled for March 19 will fly a 12U multi-manifest satellite carrying multiple U.S. government payloads.
Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern will replace Brig. Gen. Donna Shipton, as vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center