SPEED. DELIVERY. AGILITY.

WHO WE ARE

Speed. Delivery. Agility.

Recognized as the Department of Defense's constructive disruptor for space acquisition, the Space Development Agency (SDA) will quickly deliver needed space-based capabilities to the joint warfighter to support terrestrial missions through development, fielding, and operation of the National Defense Space Architecture. SDA capitalizes on a unique business model that values speed and lowers costs by harnessing commercial development to achieve a proliferated architecture and enhance resilience. SDA will deliver a minimum viable product - on time, every two years- by employing spiral development methods, adding capabilities to future generations as the threat evolves.

CAPABILITY LAYERS

TRANSPORT LAYER

SDA's Transport Layer will provide assured, resilient, low-latency military data and communications connectivity worldwide to a full range of warfighter platforms.

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BATTLE MANAGEMENT LAYER

SDA's Battle Management Layer will provide architecture tasking, mission command and control, and data dissemination to support time-sensitive kill chain closure at campaign scales.

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TRACKING LAYER

SDA's Tracking Layer will provide global indications, warning, tracking, and targeting of advanced missile threats, including hypersonic missile systems.

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CUSTODY LAYER

SDA’s Custody Layer will provide 24/7, all-weather custody of time-sensitive, left-of-launch surface mobile targets to support targeting for advanced weapons.

 

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EMERGING CAPABILITIES LAYER

SDA’s Emerging Capabilities (EC) Cell provides a foundation for new mission concepts that deliver quantifiable warfighter benefits. EC will transition technologies and capabilities into future tranches by working closely with the military services and DoD research community to fly and evaluate select experiments and assess their potential to enable mission accomplishment.

 

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NAVIGATION LAYER

The Navigation Layer will establish a GPS-independent navigation capability for the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) using optical inter-satellite ranging, and optical space to ground links.

 

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SUPPORT LAYER

SDA's Support Layer will enable ground and launch segments to support a responsive space architecture.

 

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Constellations Podcast: Spiral Development, Technology Readiness Levels and Being a Constructive Disruptor

Date: August 17, 2022 | Outlet: Kratos Constellations Podcast At the recent Small Satellite Conference (SmallSat) in Logan, Utah, Space Development Agency (SDA) Technical Director, Dr. Frank Turner, spoke about the importance of the SDA’s National Defense Space Architecture Transport Layer to Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JACD2). While at SmallSat, Dr. Turner also spoke…

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SDA Issues Special Notice to Industry for National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) Systems, Technologies, and Emerging Capabilities (STEC) Broad Agency Announcement

Special Notice Publish Date: August 4, 2022 Under the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) Systems, Technologies, and Emerging Capabilities (STEC) Space Development Agency (SDA) Broad Agency Announcement, HQ085022S0001, posted on SAM.gov on January 13, 2022, SDA is issuing this Special Notice specifically seeking industry partnership to demonstrate laser communications from SDA’s Tranche 0 Transport Layer…

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U.S. touts progress in hypersonic arms race with China, Russia

Date: July 19, 2022 | Outlet: The Washington Post | By: Karoun Demirjian The Pentagon this week said it reached important new milestones as it scrambles to catch up with China and Russia in what has become a fraught arms race between the world’s most advanced militaries, conductinga successful hypersonic missile test and securing a…

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US Developing Satellite System to Track Hypersonic Weapons

Date: July 18, 2022 | Outlet: Associated Press | By: Lolita C. Baldor WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will spend $1.3 billion to develop advanced satellites that will be able to better track hypersonic missile threats, the Pentagon said Monday, announcing two new contracts that will put the detection and tracking systems in orbit by…

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Space Development Agency Makes Awards for 28 Satellites to Build Tranche 1 Tracking Layer

Date: July 18, 2022 | Outlet: DOD News National Defense Space Architecture Tracking Layer Accelerated WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Space Development Agency (SDA) today announced the award of two prototype agreements with a total potential value over $1.3 billion for the establishment of the Tranche 1 (T1) Tracking Layer, providing the initial missile warning/missile tracking…

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SDA Issues Solicitation for National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) Experimental Testbed (NExT)

Original Response Date: July 29, 2022 SDA issued a solicitation for the agency’s National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) Experimental Testbed (NExT) satellites. Using Other Transaction Authority (OTA), this solicitation seeks proposals for U.S. space industry builder-operator teams that will partner with the agency to jointly develop and operate NExT.  The solicitation outlines the agency’s need…

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SDA Releases Program Solicitation for Tranche 1 Demonstration and Experimentation System (T1DES)

Original Response Date: July 25, 2022 The Space Development Agency (SDA) is issuing a Program Solicitation for an Other Transaction (OT) prototype for the Tranche 1 Demonstration and Experimentation System (T1DES) Program. SDA previously released a DRAFT Request for Proposal (RFP) on this topic in late 2021 and an updated DRAFT solicitation in May 2022;…

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SDA to Host NExT Industry Day to Discuss Draft Solicitation

Registration Open: June 10-20, 2022 The Space Development Agency will deliver a controlled unclassified information (CUI)-level virtual presentation for industry on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 11 a.m. EST. This Industry Day will discuss the NExT—National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) Experimental Testbed– DRAFT solicitation. The NExT program will procure up to ten (10) space vehicles…

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SDA Seeks Industry Feedback through DRAFT Solicitation for NExT (National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) Experimental Testbed)

Original Response Date: June 24, 2022 The Space Development Agency (SDA) issued a draft solicitation for a prototyping effort to augment the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) constellation with experimentation-capable space vehicles. NExT (National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) Experimental Testbed) leverages the low latency data transfer and beyond line-of-sight command and control infrastructure established by…

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SDA Announces Award for Tranche 1 Operations & Integration

General Dynamics Mission Systems (CAGE 1VPW8) of Fairfax, Virginia is awarded a contract in the amount of $324,516,613 ($162,954,122 Base + $161,562,491 Options) to establish the ground Operations and Integration (O&I) segment for Tranche 1 of the National Defense Space Architecture.  This effort designs, develops, integrates, verifies and delivers integrated mission operations and support activities,…

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