MODERNIZING THE MILITARY'S SPACE ARCHITECTURE

WHO WE ARE

The Space Development Agency orchestrates the development and fielding of DoD’s future threat-driven National Defense Space Architecture. SDA uses novel approaches to accelerate the military space capabilities necessary to ensure U.S. technological and military advantage in space for national defense.

CAPABILITY LAYERS

TRANSPORT LAYER

SDA's Transport Layer will provide assured, resilient, low-latency military data and communications connectivity worldwide to a full range of warfighter platforms.

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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.

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TRACKING LAYER

SDA's Tracking Layer will provide global indications, warning, tracking, and targeting of advanced missile threats, including hypersonic missile systems.

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CUSTODY LAYER

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.

 

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EMERGING CAPABILITIES (DETERRENCE) LAYER

SDA's Emerging Capabilities Layer will incubate new mission concepts. Initial focus will be to deter hostile action in deep space (beyond Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) up to lunar distances).

 

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NAVIGATION LAYER

SDA's Navigation Layer will provide alternate positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) for Global Positioning System (GPS)-denied environments.

 

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SUPPORT LAYER

SDA's Support Layer will enable ground and launch segments to support a responsive space architecture.

 

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The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Space Development Agency (SDA) confirmed the successful launch of six satellites to low-Earth orbit at 5:30 p.m. ET from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. (Photo: Courtesy of MDA)

SDA, MDA CONFIRM SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF TRANCHE 0 TRACKING AND THE HYPERSONIC AND BALLISTIC TRACKING SPACE SENSOR SATELLITES

Date: Feb. 15, 2024 On Wednesday, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Space Development Agency (SDA) confirmed the successful launch of six satellites to low-Earth orbit at 5:30 p.m. ET from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The satellites, which include two satellites for MDA’s Hypersonic and Ballistic…

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The Space Development Agency (SDA) and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) prepare to launch six satellites to low-Earth orbit on Feb. 14. The satellites will launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space utilizing SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. This includes two satellites for MDA’s Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) and the final four SDA Tranche 0 (T0) Tracking Layer satellites of its Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA). (Photo Credit: Courtesy of SpaceX)

SDA, MDA ANNOUNCE UPCOMING LAUNCH OF THE TRANCHE 0 TRACKING AND HYPERSONIC AND BALLISTIC TRACKING SPACE SENSOR AND SATELLITES

The Space Development Agency (SDA) and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) prepare to launch six satellites to low-Earth orbit on Feb. 14. The satellites will launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space utilizing SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. This includes two satellites for MDA’s Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) and the final four SDA Tranche 0 (T0) Tracking Layer satellites of its Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA). (Photo Credit: Courtesy of SpaceX)

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Space Development Agency Systems, Technologies, and Emerging Capabilities (STEC) Broad Agency Announcement 

Posted On: January 16, 2024 Original Date Offers Due: January 15, 2025 Through this updated Systems, Technologies, and Emerging Capabilities (STEC) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), SDA is soliciting executive summaries, invited proposal abstracts, and invited proposals for novel architecture concepts, systems, technologies, and capabilities that enable leap-ahead improvements for future tranches of the agency’s Proliferated…

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Space Development Agency Makes Awards to Build 54 Tranche 2 Tracking Layer Satellites

Tranche 2 Tracking Layer includes new prime vendor to produce missile warning/missile tracking and missile defense satellites Date: Jan. 16, 2024 WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Space Development Agency (SDA) today announced the award of three prototype agreements to build 54 satellites to establish the Tranche 2 (T2) Tracking Layer, which will proliferate missile warning/missile tracking (MW/MT)…

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Space Development Agency Makes Third Award to Build 18 Additional Beta Variant Satellites for Tranche 2 Transport Layer

Agency selects new Tranche 2 team member to produce variant of data relay and tactical communication space vehicles Date: Jan. 8, 2024 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Space Development Agency (SDA) today announced the award of a prototype agreement with a total value of approximately $515 million to build and operate 18 Tranche 2 Transport Layer…

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SDA Posts Draft Solicitation Seeking Feedback on PWSA Futures Program (PFP), Ground Segment Integration (PGI)

Posted On: December 20, 2023 Response Date: January 19, 2024 SDA released a DRAFT solicitation for the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA) Futures Program (PFP), Ground Segment Integration (PGI). The draft solicitation provides an opportunity for industry to review and offer feedback in advance of final solicitation posting. The overall goal of the PGI acquisition…

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SDA Issues Draft Solicitation for Tranche 2 Transport Layer- Gamma Variant Space Vehicles

Posted On: December 4, 2023 Response Date: January 19, 2024 SDA seeks industry feedback for the final of three types of Tranche 2 Transport Layer (T2TL) space vehicles—T2TL Gamma. This draft solicitation expands upon the foundation for Tranche 2 of the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA) previously described in the T2TL Alpha and Beta solicitations.…

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SDA Issues Solicitation for Fire-control On Orbit-support-to-the-war Fighter (FOO Fighter or F2) Program

Posted On: December 1, 2023 Response Date: January 19, 2024 SDA seeks industry proposals through a solicitation for the Fire-control On Orbit-support-to-the-war Fighter (FOO Fighter or F2) Program. SDA plans to purchase and deploy eight (8) F2 SVs, with awards to one or two vendors. For more information and to receive proposal submission instructions, please…

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New SDA Open Topic under Small Business Opportunities

The Space Development Agency (SDA) views small businesses as critical contributors to the performance of research and development supporting national security through space and is soliciting small business participation in the advancement of the Proliferated Warfare Space Architecture. On November 28, SDA announced SDA24-P001 the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA) Advanced Capability Development Open Topic…

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Space Development Agency Successfully Completes Space to Ground Transmission from Link 16 Tactical Data Network

Demonstration included active and passive Link 16 network entry, transmitting messages to and from low Earth orbit to terrestrial radios Date: Nov. 28, 2023 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Space Development Agency (SDA) today announced it successfully demonstrated the first-ever Link 16 network entry through space to ground connection from low Earth orbit (LEO) to a…

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