DIU Accelerating Satcom, Space Tech Contract Awards

Jeff Brody

Col. Steve Butow, space portfolio director for the Defense Innovation Unit, said that the recently established agency is looking to issue its first contract award within 60 days, Space News reported Tuesday.

“At DIU, we don’t like to pick winners, we build menus. Sometimes we get two solutions that are quite unique and we want both of them,” he noted during this year's Space Tech Expo in Pasadena, Calif. 

According to Butow, DIU is interested in reducing latency in satellite communications and improving data transmission between ground systems and satellite platforms. Other technical areas that DIU is prioritizing include GPS resiliency, hardware and software modernization, power management, supply chain operations, space situational awareness and logistics.

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