Space Enterprise Consortium
Orion Space Solutions announced Aug. 16 it was selected by the U.S. Space Force to develop three small satellites for a demonstration of on-orbit services in geostationary Earth orbit.
The U.S. Space Force in 2025 plans to launch to geostationary orbit three small satellites that will attempt to dock with a propellant tanker so they can be refueled in space.
Under a $2 million contract from the U.S. Space Force, Slingshot Aerospace will develop an analytics tool that uses location data from commercial satellites in low Earth orbit to identify potential sources of electronic interference on the ground.
Blue Origin, Rocket Lab, SpaceX and United Launch Alliance were selected to participate in Space Force development projects to advance rocket engine testing and launch vehicle upper stages.
The U.S. Space Force next month will solicit industry bids for deep-space radar sensors that can track satellite in high orbits above 22,000 miles.
The U.S. Space Force on May 11 issued requests for proposals for next-generation rocket engine testing, launch vehicle upper stage enhancements, and capabilities to maneuver in space.
National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL) on Jan. 15 received a contract to manage the U.S. Space Force’s Space Enterprise Consortium for the next 10 years.
The selection of NSTXL to manage the Space Enterprise Consortium is being reexamined following revelations that a Texas court ruled the company acted fraudulently in a dispute with a business partner.
The U.S. military wants to shake its reputation as an unfriendly customer to space startups and commercial tech companies, said Lt. Gen. John Thompson.
NSTXL, a company that helps commercial businesses compete for government contracts, has been selected to manage the U.S. Space Force’s Space Enterprise Consortium for the next 10 years.
SpaceX won a $2 million contract from the SpEC consortium to study ways to provide weather data to the U.S. Space Force.
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.