Space Enterprise Consortium
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems announced an agreement Aug. 4 to design a prototype for the U.S. Space Force Electro-Optical Infrared Weather System.
Called Tetra-1, the microsatellite was the first project awarded in 2018 by the Space Enterprise Consortium.
The contract is for a project called Kobayashi Maru, an effort to replace decades-old space command-and-control systems with modern software apps.
The Space Enterprise Consortium could consider increasing opportunities for small businesses.
The consortium manager will oversee up to $12 billion worth of space projects over the next decade.
The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) will expand its effort to draw on the innovation of companies that have not traditionally worked with the government.
Col. Tim Sejba: “We’re contemplating a 10-year $12 billion competition."
The consortium manages the development of pre-production prototypes of space systems, including satellites, payloads and ground systems.
SpEC is an Air Force initiative focused on rapid prototyping of spacecraft, sensors, propulsion systems, ground stations and other space-related technology and services. Since early 2017, SpEC has awarded 37 prototype projects with a total value of $206 million.
SSL, a company known for building communications satellites and spacecraft systems, will help the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center define its next generation of protected military communications, the Maxar Technologies company announced Aug. 16.