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 Proliferated Warfighter 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.
SDA's Transport Layer will provide assured, resilient, low-latency military data and communications connectivity worldwide to a full range of warfighter platforms.LEARN MORE
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.LEARN MORE
SDA's Tracking Layer will provide global indications, warning, tracking, and targeting of advanced missile threats, including hypersonic missile systems.LEARN MORE
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.
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.
The Navigation Layer will establish a GPS-independent navigation capability for the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA) using optical inter-satellite ranging, and optical space to ground links.
SDA's Support Layer will enable ground and launch segments to support a responsive space architecture.
Response Date: June 15, 2023 The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks industry feedback on space payloads planned for the Transport Layer Tranche 2 Demonstration and Experimentation System (T2DES) satellite set. Each space vehicle will likely carry a set of standard payloads plus one or more additional payloads. SDA anticipates that T2DES include approximately 20 satellites…Read Full Story
Response Date: June 5, 2023 SDA issued a DRAFT solicitation for one of several types of Tranche 2 Transport Layer (T2TL) space vehicles—T2TL Alpha. This DRAFT solicitation expands upon the foundation for Tranche 2 of the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA) previously described in the T2TL Beta solicitation. SDA expects to procure approx. 100 T2TL-…Read Full Story
Response Date: May 26, 2023 The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks proposals to perform engineering studies, analyses, and technical trades for a “low-Earth orbit (LEO) backhaul” capability to support high bandwidth data transport via the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA). The bulk of SDA’s Transport Layer efforts to date have been focused on delivering DOD’s…Read Full Story
Updated Response Date: May 24, 2023 at Noon ET The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks U.S. industry proposals for the Transport Layer Beta variant space vehicles (SVs) that will form the foundation of Tranche 2 of the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA). The T2TL SVs will be similar to those currently under development for the…Read Full Story
Date: April 2, 2023 | Outlet: DOD News SDA delivers first 10 satellites on-orbit, two-and-a-half years from award to launch The Space Development Agency (SDA) today announced the successful initial launch of Tranche 0 (T0) of the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA), the Transport and Tracking Layer satellites that will demonstrate the low-latency communication links…Read Full Story
Response Date: April 17, 2023 SDA seeks industry solutions for a payload system that will add multiple new mission capability demonstrations to the NExT (experimental testbed) constellation. The payload system will deliver three (3) independent functional capabilities, collectively referred to as the Sabre payload: This solicitation is for the design, development, fabrication, integration, test, and…Read Full Story
Original Response Date: April 10, 2023 The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks industry feedback on a low Earth orbit (LEO) Tracking Layer architecture that will provide global surveillance and targeting as a service with a 24/7/365 missile warning, missile tracking, and missile defense (MW/MT/MD) capability that is integrated for data routing with the Proliferated Warfighter…Read Full Story
SDA Issues Solicitation for Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA) Battle Management Command, Control, and Communications (BMC3) Application Factory
Response Date: March 16, 2023 The Space Development Agency (SDA) released an Other Transaction solicitation for a prototyping effort to establish the Battle Management Command, Control, and Communications (BMC3) software development and hosting environment for the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA). The contractor selected will be responsible for the implementation of the BMC3 Application Factory…Read Full Story
Date: February 9, 2023 | Outlet: Space News | By: Sandra Erwin WASHINGTON — By requiring suppliers of laser terminals to comply with a common set of standards, the U.S. Space Development Agency has helped propel the industry forward, executives said Feb. 8 at the SmallSat Symposium in Mountain View, California. The Space Development Agency…Read Full Story
SDA Layered Network of Military Satellites Now Known as “Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture”
The Space Development Agency’s resilient layered network of military satellites and supporting elements is now the “Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture” or PWSA. The architecture, formerly known as the “National Defense Space Architecture,” was renamed to more specifically reflect the agency’s mission to deliver needed space-based capabilities to the joint warfighter to support terrestrial missions through development,…Read Full Story