SDA RFP Seeks Industry Proposals for Tranche 0 MSE&I

Response Date: August 13, 2020

Today, SDA posted a Request for Proposal (RFP) for SDA’s first generation (called Tranche 0) Mission Systems Engineering and Integration (MSE&I).  The RFP seeks to provide systems engineering and integration services for SDA’s satellite and ground programs to field in late fiscal year 2022.  SDA is soliciting industry partners to work alongside SDA, the U.S. Navy, and satellite vendors to deliver an integrated space and ground enterprise.

The MSE&I vendor will work with commercial and government space and ground providers to establish SDA enterprise-level technical and schedule baselines, interface with external customers, provide cybersecurity support for the integrated SDA enterprise, and lead test campaign planning and execution for warfighter mission scenarios and experiments in Tranche 0.

This RFP builds upon industry responses to SDA’s MSE&I Request for Information released in May 2020. Proposals are due August 13, 2020.

SDA Publishes Broad Agency Announcement for Mission-Specific Application Prototypes

Response Date: Executive Summaries (optional)- July 15, 2020; Full Proposals- August 21, 2020

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 demonstrate novel technical capabilities as well as inform architecture trades between ground and on-orbit processing. The period of performance for all proposed efforts should end no later than September 30, 2021. Multiple awards are expected. Optional executive summaries are due July 15, 2020 for feedback (anticipated by July 24). Full proposals are due August 21, 2020.

SDA Posts RFP Seeking Proposals for Tracking Tranche 0

Response Date: July 16, 2020

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 not limited to, low-recurring-cost satellite buses, mass-producible OPIR mission payloads and associated data processing, and interoperable crosslinks and networking.

Original Response Date: Jan. 20, 2021

SDA recognizes the need to establish an “intellectual pipeline” to access ideas from across the community to inform the future of the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA). Through this BAA, SDA specifically seeks novel architecture concepts, systems, technologies, and capabilities that:

  • Enable leap-ahead improvements for future tranches of currently planned NDSA capability layers
  • Enable new capability layers to address other emerging or evolving warfighters needs

To this end, SDA is soliciting executive summaries, white papers/proposal abstracts, and full proposals. Please see the BAA for details, focus areas, and submission instructions.

SDA Resources

SDA has published an Optical Intersatellite Link Standard. This document provides interface specifications that enable space vehicles and payloads developed and operated by multiple organizations to readily exchange data via optical intersatelite links and to integrate with the National Defense Space Architecture.