MODERNIZING THE MILITARY'S SPACE ARCHITECTURE

WHO WE ARE

The Space Development Agency orchestrates the development and fielding of DoD’s future threat-driven National Defense Space Architecture. SDA uses novel approaches to accelerate the military space capabilities necessary to ensure U.S. technological and military advantage in space for national defense.

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 (DETERRENCE) LAYER

SDA's Emerging Capabilities Layer will incubate new mission concepts. Initial focus will be to deter hostile action in deep space (beyond Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) up to lunar distances).

 

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NAVIGATION LAYER

SDA's Navigation Layer will provide alternate positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) for Global Positioning System (GPS)-denied environments.

 

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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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Military Aims to Urgently Provide Disruptive Satellite Capabilities

Date: August 1, 2020 | Outlet: AFCEA – Signal Magazine | By: Kimberly Underwood The year-old Space Development Agency emphasizes speed in pursuing innovative space capabilities. The threats to the U.S. military and the nation are such that additional space-based capabilities must be rapidly fielded. A proliferated low-earth-orbit constellation of satellites and sensors will connect…

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U.S. CTO Kratsios named acting undersecretary for research and engineering, Lewis to serve as acting deputy

Date: July 13, 2020 | Outlet: Space News | By: Sandra Erwin WASHINGTON — U.S Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios will serve as acting undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, DoD announced on July 13. Kratsios will take over the position previously held by Mike Griffin. Mark Lewis was named acting deputy undersecretary of…

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Space Development Agency Issues First Solicitation: Broad Agency Announcement seeks to develop “Intellectual Pipeline” for National Defense Space Architecture

Original Response Date: Jan. 20, 2021 SDA recognizes the need to establish an “intellectual pipeline” to access ideas from across the community to inform the future of the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA).Through this BAA, SDA specifically seeks novel architecture concepts, systems, technologies, and capabilities that: Enable leap-ahead improvements for future tranches of currently planned…

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SDA RFP Seeks Industry Proposals for Tranche 0 MSE&I

Response Date: August 13, 2020  Today, SDA posted a Request for Proposal (RFP) for SDA’s first generation (called Tranche 0) Mission Systems Engineering and Integration (MSE&I).  The RFP seeks to provide systems engineering and integration services for SDA’s satellite and ground programs to field in late fiscal year 2022.  SDA is soliciting industry partners to…

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SDA Publishes Broad Agency Announcement for Mission-Specific Application Prototypes

Optional executive summaries are due July 15, 2020 for feedback (anticipated by July 24). Full proposals are due August 21, 2020. The Space Development Agency (SDA) is seeking executive summaries and proposals through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for software prototypes that enable the mission-specific needs of the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA). The three…

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