William Nelson: Army’s New Capability Document to Help Inform Future Tactical Space Sensor Platform

William Nelson: Army’s New Capability Document to Help Inform Future Tactical Space Sensor Platform
William Nelson CFT director Army Futures Command

William Nelson, director of the U.S. Army’s assured positioning, navigation and timing cross-functional team, said the branch seeks to accelerate experimentation and prototyping work on space-based sensors using a recently approved capability guide, C4ISRNET reported Saturday.

He noted that the Tactical Space Layer Abbreviated Capability Development Document will serve as a guide in efforts to shape technology requirements and create a path to transition the project to a program of record.

The Army is exploring methods to utilize sensors at different altitudes in a push to reduce the time it takes to gather and transmit satellite data to a weapon system, Nelson added.

The service cleared TSL A-CDD on April 20 to help inform the future application of commercial and government satellites in conjunction with military systems. Army organizations that supported the creation of the document include:

  • Long-Range Precision Fires CFT
  • Army Space and Missile Defense Command
  • Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors
  • Project Manager for Positioning, Navigation and Timing
  • Intelligence Center of Excellence
  • Fires Center of Excellence
  • Army G-2

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