On-Time Delivery Top Priority at Space Development Agency

Date: May 7, 2021 | Outlet: DOD News| By: C. Todd Lopez Cost, performance and delivery drive acquisition across the Defense Department, typically in equal measure. But the Space Development Agency has prioritized delivery above all else in its effort to get satellites into space that will deliver non-line-of-sight targeting to warfighters across the globe.…

What focus areas are key to America’s future space capabilities?

Date: April 28, 2021 | Outlet: Defense News | By: Tate Nurkin It has been an active start to 2021 for the Department of Defense’s space activities as the Pentagon seeks to build agility, capability and resilience in this increasingly important domain. Increased concentration on space is welcome. However, Pentagon decisions about future priorities, activities…

SDA Releases New Small Business Opportunities for Space-Based Environmental Monitoring

Original Response Date: June 15, 2021 SDA is issuing new Small Business Opportunities (SBO) under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, inviting submissions of innovative research proposals supporting the advancement of the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA). Weather conditions critically impact the effectiveness of Department of Defense missions.…

SDA Seeks Input on Tranche 1 Acquisition Approach (Draft)

Original Response Date: May 07, 2021 The Space Development Agency (SDA) is seeking industry feedback on its draft approach for acquiring the National Defense Space Architecture’s (NDSA) Tranche 1. Through this RFI, SDA is specifically seeking feedback on its approach to acquire T1 Transport space vehicles (SV) and support systems. All responses received to this…

SDA Outlines Missile Tracking Satellite Plan

Date: April 16, 2021 | Outlet: Air Force Magazine Online | By: Amanda Miller The Defense Department’s Space Development Agency wants to blanket Earth with a constellation of low-cost, open-architecture data-relay and missile-tracking satellites whose sheer numbers, along with their 1,000-kilometer-high orbits, would theoretically thwart some modes of interference—but not all.

SDA Seeks Input on Tranche 1 Optical Communication Terminals

Original Response Date: April 30, 2021 The Space Development Agency (SDA) is seeking industry feedback on the design and development of optical communications terminals (OCTs) for the National Defense Space Architecture’s (NDSA) Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL). We are looking for information on existing products, current development efforts and/or ongoing programs that address the Optical…

SDA Seeks Input on Tranche 1 Transport Space Layer Space Vehicles

Original Response Date: April 23, 2021 The Space Development Agency (SDA) is seeking industry feedback on the design and development of mission-capable space vehicles for the National Defense Space Architecture’s (NDSA) Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL), including feedback on industry’s ability to support a homogeneous constellation design to provide the full suite of Transport T1…

‘Warfighter Council’ Guides Capability Development for Space Development Agency

Date: March 4, 2021 | Outlet: DOD News | By: C. Todd Lopez As the Space Development Agency builds out the National Defense Space Architecture, it looks to a biannual “warfighter council” to provide guidance about what is actually important to those who will use the systems, the agency’s director said today. “We want to make…

EXCLUSIVE – SDA, NRO Mull Direct Satellite Links to Speed Imagery To Warfighters

Date: February 16, 2021 | Outlet: Breaking Defense | By: Theresa Hitchens WASHINGTON: The Space Development Agency (SDA) and the builder and operator of America’s spy satellites, the NRO, are discussing how to move imagery more rapidly from spy satellites to warfighters for targeting, SDA Director Derek Tournear tells me. The two agencies are working…

SDA Releases Six Small Business Opportunities

Original Response Date: March 31, 2021 SDA is issuing six Small Business Opportunities (SBO) under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, inviting submissions of innovative research proposals supporting the advancement of the National Defense Space Architecture. These six SBOs are issued under the SDA Broad Agency Announcement for…