SDA Releases New Small Business Opportunities for Commercial SAR and Scatterometry (COSAS)

Original Response Date: August 26, 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 concepts supporting the advancement of our national defense space capabilities. This SBO pertains to Space Based Environmental Monitoring (SBEM). This project looks…

**SPECIAL NOTICE** SDA Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL) Industry Day

Original Response Date: August 15, 2021 The Space Development Agency (SDA) will host an in-person and virtual Industry Day on Thursday, August 26, 2021. This Industry Day will focus on the anticipated solicitation for National Defense Space Architecture’s (NDSA) Tranche 1 (T1) Transport capability to support a high-end regional conflict. The T1 product baseline will…

SDA Releases DRAFT Request for Proposal (RFP) for Transport Layer Tranche 1

Original Response Date: July 30, 2021 SDA released a draft solicitation for the Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL) space segment which establishes the foundation for the National Defense Space Architecture’s initial warfighting capability. With up to 144 space vehicles spanning six planes in low earth orbit, T1TL will provide global communications access with regional persistence…

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…

US Military Places a Bet on LEO for Space Security

Date: June 2021 | Outlet: Via Satellite | By: Vivienne Machi U.S. Defense Department agencies are working with a who’s-who of military contractors, commercial satellite operators, and technology companies to finally demonstrate the feasibility of a proliferated constellation of satellites in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO). The concept of using hundreds of small satellites spread out across…

SDA Seeks Feedback on Space Mesh Networking

Original Response Date: June 4, 2021 The Space Development Agency recognizes the critical importance of network planning, management, and monitoring operations. The effective operations of a complex integrated space and ground mesh network comprising the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) is central to the delivery of all of the supported operational mission capabilities. SDA seeks…

SDA Seeks Feedback on Ground and Operations Segment Concepts, Methodologies, Approaches, and Systems for Tranche 1

Original Response Date: June 3, 2021 The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks feedback on ground operations concepts, methodologies, approaches, and systems related to the operations and monitoring of the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA). SDA requests input on potential integrated Government-Owned Contractor-Operated (GOCO) solutions for dual-node, geographically separated ground operations centers to operate a proliferated…

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…

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.…