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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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Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall Details Reorg Plans for Space Development Agency, Acquisition Office

Frank Kendall

Frank Kendall, secretary of the Air Force and a three-time Wash100 winner, aims to complete the transition of the Space Development Agency to the Department of the Air Force's acquisition enterprise before the deadline mandated by the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. “By statute, this is scheduled to occur on 1 October 2022, but there is no need to wait until then." 

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Space Development Agency to Study Earth’s Infrared for Missile Defense

Space Development Agency

The Space Development Agency (SDA), which is tasked to build a national space architecture, plans to conduct an experiment that studies planet Earth's infrared background. The Northrop Grumman-made Prototype Infrared Payload or PIRPL will gather data the Department of Defense intends to use for future missile-tracking algorithms. Northrop developed PIRPL under a $38 million contract with SDA and MDA.

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Peraton Supports Rapid SDA Satellite Launch on SpaceX’s Falcon 9; Roger Mason Quoted

Roger Mason

Peraton announced on Thursday that two Space Development Agency (SDA) prototype satellites were successfully placed in orbit due to the company’s work to secure rideshare space on the SpaceX Transporter-2 mission and performance of launch integration activities. Peraton was required to support the SDA in this mission because of its Mission Systems Engineering and Integration (MSE&I) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract. This contract calls for Peraton to assist in filling gaps where SDA lacks necessary in-agency capabilities.

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DOD Agencies, Space Force Eye Multiorbit Sensor Network for Hypersonic Missile Detection

Multi-Orbit Sensor

The U.S. Space Force, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Department of Defense’s Space Development Agency (SDA) are pursuing the development of a multi-orbit sensor network that can help detect and monitor hypersonic and ballistic missiles. The Space Force is advancing the development of a constellation of Next-Generation Overhead Infrared missile warning satellites through contracts with Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.

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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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Lockheed Martin Announced New ISR Satellite Line; Rick Ambrose Quoted

Rick Ambrose

Lockheed Martin announced on Tuesday its new line of rapid, integrated and economical tactical Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) satellites. The new ISR satellites are based on Lockheed’s LM 400 mid-size bus and will enable U.S. warfighters to track moving targets at long ranges and maneuver in highly contested environments quickly. 

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Space Force Releases Space Systems Command Structural Framework; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force has created an organizational framework for its Space Systems Command (SSC) ahead of the component’s official establishment in summer. The Space Force said Thursday that it intends to use the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base as the new command’s headquarters.

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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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