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SDA Director Derek Tournear: Satellite, Launch Prices Have Dropped

Derek Tournear

Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency (SDA) and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said virtually in a Defense One panel that the military's goal to establish a network of low Earth orbit satellites is now more reachable as a result of commercialization. Tournear said launches now cost tens of millions of dollars compared to just a few years ago. 

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Derek Tournear on Space Development Agency’s Move to Space Force

Derek Tournear

Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency (SDA) and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said SDA has begun its transition to the U.S. Space Force. SDA, which officially launched in March 2019 as part of the office of the undersecretary for research and engineering at the Department of Defense, should be fully integrated with the space-focused military branch by October 2022.

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SDA Launches Experimental Satellites, Payload for National Defense Space Architecture Goals; Derek Tournear Quoted

Derek Tournear

The Space Development Agency (SDA) confirmed the deployment of its two satellite sets built to demonstrate optical communications in low-Earth orbit and a payload intended to test space data fusion. SDA intends to assess pointing, acquisition and tracking tools that will support Optical Communication Terminals through the Mandrake II mission.

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Derek Tournear: SDA Prioritizes National Defense Space Architecture Delivery Goal

Derek Tournear

Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency (SDA) and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said SDA is prioritizing the on-time delivery of systems that will form a new satellite constellation intended to support military targeting and missile tracking work in terrestrial missions. The SDA director expects both NDSA elements to be deployed in September 2022.

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SDA Seeking Industry Feedback on Satellite Integration; Derek Tournear Quoted

Derek Tournear

The Space Development Agency (SDA) has chosen a multiple tranche development approach for its global satellite constellation systems for the Department of the Defense (DOD). No SDA satellites are flying yet, but the SDA has already requested industry feedback on how the Agency should upgrade its communications standards for its second generation of satellites. C4isrnet reported the story on Wednesday. 

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SDA to Solicit Satellites for Future Space Transport Layer; Derek Tournear Quoted

Derek Tournear

The Space Development Agency (SDA) will launch a solicitation for a new set of 150 satellites in August 2021, for a network of communications satellites planned to begin launching three years from now. SDA is looking to award three individual contracts for a total of 150 communications satellites but may change this procurement approach depending on the solicitation's results.

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Derek Tournear: SDA Looks to Warfighter Council for Space Defense Architecture Development Insight

Derek Tournear

Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency (SDA) and a 2021 Wash100 Award, said the agency seeks to leverage the insight of a warfighter council for space architecture development, DOD News reported March 4th. Tournear said it will use the council’s input to inform SDA’s efforts to identify key capabilities for subsequent tranches of the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA).

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Derek Tournear: SDA Prioritizes Space Tech Delivery to Warfighters

Derek Tournear

Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency (SDA) and a first-time winner of the 2021 Wash100 Award, said that SDA has embraced innovative approaches to help the military build and field technologies for the space domain. ournear added the agency plans to apply an incremental method to updating algorithms or autonomous platforms.

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Executive Mosaic Names 2021 Wash100 Award Recipients; Cast Your 10 Votes TODAY

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Executive Mosaic, the leading provider in connecting, promoting and branding government and government contracting (GovCon) executives of consequence, has announced the recipients of the 2021 Wash100 Award. “We are thrilled to honor the winners of the 2021 Wash100 Award, said Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic. With the announcement, Executive Mosaic will begin to accept votes for this year’s Popular Vote Rankings.

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SDA Director Derek Tournear: Military May Need Different Approach to Implement Space Machine Learning

Derek Tournear

Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency (SDA), said the military will need to consider certain technical limits before implementing machine learning technology across space systems. He spoke at a Defense One webinar about space-based ML's potential to augment the military's data operations and situational awareness in the future, as well as factors that make the technology difficult to achieve.

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