Space Development Agency
To compete in an unconventional program like the Space Development Agency's Transport Layer, Lockheed Martin decided to team up with commercial companies.
Airbus and Raytheon have filed protests with the Government Accountability Office challenging Space Development Agency contracts awarded to L3Harris and SpaceX last month for eight missile-tracking satellites, putting the projects on hold until the dispute is resolved.
Space Development Agency begins market research for its next batch of satellites to be launched in 2024
In a request for information issued Oct. 23, the SDA asks vendors to pitch ideas for the next layer of satellites known as Tranche 1.
SpaceX revealed Oct. 20 that Microsoft is its subcontractor for the Space Development Agency program.
The agency will make one award to the provider that offers the “best value” based on several criteria such as price, schedule and past performance.
L3Harris' Bill Gattle says the DoD space market is changing in fundamental ways
SpaceX will outsource the sensor payload for a missile-tracking satellite SDA says will be based on the company's Starlink design.
A "program integration council" run by the Space and Missile Systems Center will include representatives from DoD space-buying agencies and the National Reconnaissance Office.
SDA's contracting process has impressed industry executives.
Lockheed Martin's satellites for the SDA will be about 150 to 200 kilograms and will use Tyvak’s Mavericks platform.
Lockheed Martin received a $187.5 million contract and York Space Systems a $94 million contract for the Space Development Agency’s Transport Layer Tranche 0.
Tournear says the Space Development Agency wants to create a market so the industry can plan investments.
U.S. CTO Kratsios named acting undersecretary for research and engineering, Lewis to serve as acting deputy
Kratsios will take over the position previously held by Mike Griffin. Mark Lewis replaces former deputy Lisa Porter.
Griffin’s resignation leaves the SDA without a major advocate inside the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Tournear: “I would contend that we need enough runway to be able to demonstrate that military utility."