Space Development Agency
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."
Shawn Barnes: “We’re very hopeful that we’ll get that report to Congress in short order."
SDA must be allowed to operate outside of legacy acquisition systems until it has had time to innovate, flourish and deliver.
The Space Development Agency says optical inter-satellite links are "one of the most critical technologies to be demonstrated."
A June 5 solicitation for a “tracking phenomenology experiment” is a step in the development of a sensor network in space to track hypersonic missiles.
SDA wants information on "potential launch solutions" for its first 30 satellites to be deployed in low Earth orbit.
Air Force Secretary Barrett is pushing back on a proposal that would delay transferring the SDA to the Space Force until October 2022.
SDA will issue a final solicitation for bids for the mesh network of satellites known as “transport layer” around May 1.
The Space Development Agency (SDA) is evaluating how cloud computing could bolster its campaign to quickly identify and track missiles.