SDA Issues Tranche 1 Ground Operations and Integration Request for Proposal

Two Response Dates: Vol I-VI due Feb. 24 & Vol VII due March 3, 2022 SDA issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to establish the ground operations and integration segment for Tranche 1 (T1), the initial warfighting capability tranche, of the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA). Unique to this operations solicitation, the core functions include: …

How the SDA’s Satellite Swarm Will Track Hypersonic Missiles Where Others Can’t

Date: January 12, 2022 | Outlet: Air Force Magazine | By: Amanda Miller A satellite constellation specially suited to tracking hypersonic missiles could be up and running by 2025. Director of the Space Development Agency Derek M. Tournear laid out the advantages of the Tracking Layer of SDA’s still-envisioned National Security Space Architecture in a…

National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) Systems, Technologies, and Emerging Capabilities (STEC)

Original Date Offers Due: Jan 12, 2023 Through this updated STEC Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), SDA is soliciting executive summaries, white papers/abstracts, and full proposals for novel architecture concepts, systems, technologies, and capabilities that enable improvements for future tranches of currently planned National Defense Space Architecture capability layers.  SDA is also interested in ideas to enable…

SDA Posts Request for Information Seeking Industry Feedback on Battle Management, Command, Control, and Communications

Original Response Date: January 14, 2022 The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks industry input on approaches to establishing an Application Factory to support space- and ground-based Battle Management, Command, Control, and Communications (BMC3) software capabilities for the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) to inform future solicitations. The Tranche 1 (T1) Transport Layer (T1TL) is the…

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The SpaceNews Awards 2021: Meet the nine winners

Date: December 6, 2021 | Outlet: SpaceNews | By: SpaceNews Staff SPACE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY When the Pentagon created the Space Development Agency in 2019 to stake out a new satellite architecture for the military, SDA chose as its motto Semper Citius, Latin for “always faster.” In less than three years since its inception, the SDA has launched…

SDA posts DRAFT Solicitation Seeking Feedback on Potential Tranche 1 Tracking Layer

Original Response Date: January 7, 2022 SDA has released a DRAFT solicitation for a potential Tracking Layer for Tranche 1 of the National Defense Space Architecture. The draft solicitation provides an opportunity for industry to review and offer feedback in advance of final posting. SDA is considering an “other transactions” (OT) prototyping effort to accelerate…

SDA to Provide Virtual Industry Presentation (CUI level) on Tranche 1 Operations and Integration

Requests Due By: December 7, 2021 SDA will deliver a CUI-level virtual industry presentation on Friday, December 10, 2021. This presentation will focus on the anticipated solicitation for the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) Tranche 1 Operations & Integration.  SDA will also offer one-on-one meetings by request with companies intending to propose as prime contractors (up to 18 meetings will be accommodated). Below…

SDA Posts DRAFT RFP Seeking Industry Feedback on Tranche 1 Demonstration and Experimentation System (T1DES)

Original Response Date: November 8, 2021 The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks input on a DRAFT Request for Proposal (RFP) to augment the Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL) constellation with demonstration and experimental capability. The Tranche 1 Demonstration and Experimentation System (T1DES) leverages the low latency data transfer and beyond line of sight command and…

Space Development Agency launches experimental infrared sensor into orbit

Date: August 11, 2021 | Outlet: Defense News | By: Nathan Strout WASHINGTON — The Space Development Agency launched another experimental satellite Aug. 10 as it tries to reduce risk for its first satellites on orbit, set to begin launch in fall 2022. Carried into orbit aboard the Cygnus NG-16 spacecraft during its Commercial Resupply…

Aboard Commercial Rocket, Space Defense Agency Sends Up Satellites for First Time

Date: June 23, 2021 | Outlet: DOD News | By: C. Todd Lopez The Falcon 9 mission will include five SDA satellites. These include a pair of “Mandrake II” satellites; two “Laser Interconnect Networking Communications System,” or LINCS, satellites; and a satellite carrying the SDA’s Prototype On-orbit Experimental Testbed, or POET, experiment. The SDA is…