SDA Publishes Broad Agency Announcement for Mission-Specific Application Prototypes

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 technical areas addressed in this BAA are (1) Custody, (2) Navigation, and (3) Tracking. The developed prototypes will be used to…

Space Development Agency Wants to Demonstrate Hardware Before Merging with Space Force

Date: June 18, 2020 | Outlet: Space News | By: Sandra Erwin WASHINGTON — The director of the Space Development Agency Derek Tournear again made the case that the agency needs at least two years to prove its business model before it is merged with the U.S. Space Force. “I would contend that we need…

Department of Defense Releases Defense Space Strategy

Date: June 17, 2020 | Outlet: DoD Press Release Today the Secretary for Defense released the Defense Space Strategy, which identifies how Department of Defense will advance spacepower to be able to compete, deter, and win in a complex security environment characterized by great power competition. “The Defense Space Strategy is the next step to…

SDA Posts RFP Seeking Proposals for Tracking Tranche 0

The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks proposals from industry for the Tracking Tranche 0 mission.  The scope of the request for proposals (RFP) includes ~8-10 interconnected satellites with cross links with wide field of view (WFOV) infrared sensors for missile warning and tracking. The specific requirements and technical challenges for this solicitation include, but are…

Op-ed | The Space Development Agency must be a constructive disruptor

Date: June 15, 2020 | Outlet: Space News | By:  Derek Tournear, Mike Griffin and Lisa Porter SDA must be allowed to operate outside of legacy acquisition systems until it has had time to innovate, flourish and deliver. With new plans afoot in both civil and military space, it is an exciting time for those…

Space Development Agency Works Closely with Army, Its Biggest Customer

Date: June 5, 2020 | Outlet: DoD News | By: C. Todd Lopez With the 2019 creation of the Space Force, U.S. Space Command and the Space Development Agency, the Defense Department has a lot riding on space. But the agency’s big focus now is on taking care of its biggest customer — the Army…

Agency Seeks Hypersonic Missile Defense System Proposals

Date: June 8, 2020 | Outlet: Space Daily | By: Ed Adamczyk The U.S. Space Development Agency announced a search for contractors to develop technology to detect and track 3,100-mph hypersonic missiles. The request for proposals, issued last week, calls for “commercial services to launch and support its Tracking Phenomenology Experiment [TPE],”and represents the first…

DoD To Test Laser Communications Terminals in Low Earth Orbit

Date: June 8, 2020 | Outlet: Space News | By: Sandra Erwin The Space Development Agency says optical inter-satellite links are “one of the most critical technologies to be demonstrated.” WASHINGTON — Optical communications terminals that use lasers to beam data across space will be tested in upcoming experiments by the Space Development Agency and…

SDA Posts RFP Seeking Industry Solutions for Tracking Phenomenology Experiment

The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks proposals through a Request for Proposal (RFP) on the Tracking Phenomenology Experiment (TPE). The objective of TPE is to characterize the variation in background scenes for wide field of view infrared sensors at altitudes representative to those envisioned as part of Tracking Tranche 0.  The TPE RFP solicits solutions…

SDA Posts RFI Seeking Industry Feedback for Tranche 0 MSE&I

The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks industry feedback on Tranche 0 Mission Systems Engineering and Integration (MSE&I).  The scope of MSE&I support is delivery of an integrated, interoperable Tranche 0 system-of-systems to include integration of Transport and Tracking space vehicles, Naval Research Laboratory-based ground systems and hardware/software-in-the-loop testbeds.  MSE&I will culminate in a Capstone demonstration…