SDA announced October 5 two contract awards for the first generation of the Tracking Layer. These awards represent the next major and highly visible steps toward developing the National Defense Space Architecture’s inaugural tranche (called Tranche 0). Once fully operational, the SDA Tracking Layer will consist of a proliferated heterogeneous constellation of Wide Field of View (WFOV) space vehicles (SVs) that provide persistent global coverage and custody capability combined with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) Medium Field of View (MFOV) SVs that provide precision global access capability.  This set of contract awards will initiate the development of the first eight low-cost proliferated WFOV SVs.  The capability demonstrated by the Tracking Layer Tranche 0 will provide missile warning and tracking information to national defense authorities, and tracking and cueing data for missile defense elements. 

Details of the contracts announced today:

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), Hawthorne, Calif., is awarded a $149,175,246 firm-fixed-price contract for the Space Development Agency Tracking Layer Tranche 0, Wide Field of View program.  The proposal was received and evaluated under request for proposal HQ085020R0003.  The work to be performed under this contract will include on-time delivery of space vehicles and optical wide field of view payloads.  Work will be performed in various locations in the continental U.S. Funds obligated at the time of award are defense-wide fiscal 2020 research, development, test & evaluation funds. Space Development Agency, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (HQ0850-21-C-0001).

L3 Harris Technologies, Inc., Melbourne, Fla., is awarded a $193,599,342 firm-fixed-price contract for the Space Development Agency Tracking Layer Tranche 0, Wide Field of View program. The proposal was received and evaluated under request for proposal HQ085020R0003.  The work to be performed under this contract will include on-time delivery of space vehicles and optical wide field of view payloads. Work will be performed in various locations in the continental U.S. (99.2%) and Canada (0.8%). Funds obligated at the time of award are defense-wide fiscal 2020 research, development, test & evaluation funds. Space Development Agency, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (HQ0850-21-C-0002).

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