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SDA has big plans for a new app factory to aid battle management

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The Space Development Agency recently released a draft solicitation for the Battle Management Command, Control, and Communications (BMC3) Application Factory.

York Space Systems lands contract to build T1DES satellites for Pentagon

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York Space Systems has been tapped to build a dozen satellites and supporting technologies for the Tranche 1 Demonstration and Experimentation System.

SDA taps Ball Aerospace to build satellites for new experimental testbed

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The Other Transaction agreement, worth up to $176 million, is for the development, manufacture, deployment, launch and operation of 10 space vehicles and mission-enabling ground systems.

Pentagon to phase out use of geostationary satellites for missile warning, missile tracking

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The plan highlights the DOD’s embrace of proliferated low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite architectures, which officials view as more resilient than the larger, more expensive spacecraft that currently reside in GEO.

SDA’s new on-orbit testbed will experiment with alternative PNT technology, other capabilities

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Payload capabilities that are successfully demonstrated as part of SDA's NExT initiative could be incorporated into future satellite tranches.

Space Development Agency awards $1.3B for hypersonic missile-tracking satellites

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The Pentagon’s Space Development Agency tapped L3Harris Technologies and Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems to prototype and maintain the Tranche 1 (T1) Tracking Layer of its National Defense Space Architecture. That Tracking Layer will be comprised of specialized constellations of satellites intended to provide global, nonstop monitoring for conventional and advanced missile threats, including hypersonic systems flying faster than five times the speed of sound. Via two prototype agreement awards…

GAO calls for independent reviews of hypersonic missile interceptor program

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The Pentagon needs a fresh look at the Missile Defense Agency’s effort to acquire a new glide-phase interceptor (GPI) that could shoot down adversaries’ hypersonic weapons, a government watchdog is warning. Current plans are lacking when it comes to important external reviews, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report. “Having independent insights into program technical risks and costs are key components of the knowledge-based acquisition process,” the report…

Space Development Agency awards $324M contract for 'most critical element' of new satellite tranche

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The Pentagon’s Space Development Agency on Thursday awarded General Dynamics Mission Systems a $324.5 million contract to establish and sustain the ground operations and integration (O&I) segment of Tranche 1 of its National Defense Space Architecture, which will encompass a constellation of an estimated 166 satellites to support military personnel across the globe. The contract includes a base amount of more than $162.9 million and more than $161.5 million in…

Space Development Agency about to issue solicitation for new missile tracking satellites

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The Pentagon’s Space Development Agency will issue a solicitation in the next week or two for a tranche of low-Earth orbit satellites dedicated to tracking enemy missiles, a senior defense official said Tuesday. Tranche 1 will include 28 spacecraft, and SDA intends to award contracts to at least two vendors to build the systems, which are expected to begin launching in early 2025, the official told reporters on condition of…