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Avantus Federal Names New Executives to Space Unit; Andy Maner Quoted

Avantus Federal

Avantus Federal has appointed Doug McCobb, Taylor Edwards and Scott Anderson to the  company’s Space team to provide a collaborative, technology agnostic approach to neutralizing risks for Avantus’ space clients. "Doug, Taylor and Scott’s expertise will enable Avantus to tackle  this emerging sector of our market. I look forward to working with our teams to provide  innovative solutions to our clients.” said Andy Maner, CEO at  Avantus Federal. 

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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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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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Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt on Plans to Improve Space-Based Missile Warning Capabilities

Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt

Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, commander of Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC), told C4ISRNET in an interview published on Friday about plans to improve missile warning satellites and one of those is the need to equip satellite constellations, ground systems and other space-based missile warning capabilities with software that could be reprogrammed quickly in response to threats.

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Congress Increases MDA’s Budget by $130M to Fund Hypersonic Missile Warning Satellites

Hypersonic Missile

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has had its budget increased by $130 million by Congress to develop a new satellite constellation capable of tracking hypersonic weapons to fill a dramatic need in the U.S. missile warning architecture. The $130 million budget addition for the project includes a $10 million transfer from the SDA.

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Space Development Agency Envisions New Continuous Market for Satellite Procurement; Derek Tournear Quoted

Derek Tournear

The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks to establish a stable, continuous satellite technology market that would remain ongoing regardless of its specific programs. SDA needs industry's help to establish the National Defense Space Architecture, an architecture of satellites that would collect and transmit targeting and location data for military operations. 

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NRL, SDA Partner to Prototype Satellite Interoperability Testbed; Derek Tournear Quoted

Derek Tournear

The Space Development Agency (SDA) has partnered with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to develop and test a simulation tool designed to assess the interoperability of satellites that will comprise a planned space defense layer. “The Space Development Agency appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with NRL on this important part of the process to develop the National Defense Space Architecture,” noted Derek Tournear, director of SDA.

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Lt. Gen. David Thompson: Space Force Eyes Formation of Acquisitions Command

Lt. Gen. David Thompson

Lt. Gen. David Thompson, vice commander of the U.S. Space Force, said the service plans to establish a new command focused on acquisition programs in 2021. The service announced in June that it will be composed of three field commands and one of those is Space Systems Command (SSC).

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Lockheed Martin Wins $187.5M Contract to Build Small Satellite Mesh Network; Kay Sears Quoted

Kay Sears

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a  $187.5 million Tranche 0 contract of the Space Transport Layer from the Space Development Agency (SDA). Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will develop a mesh network of 10 small satellites that links terrestrial warfighting domains to space sensors by 2022.

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DARPA’s Paul Thomas on Fast-Tracking ‘Blackjack’ Space Network Initiative

Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas, project manager for the Blackjack effort at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), said the agency is moving forward with the program after evaluating commercial technologies and identifying potential risks. He noted that the agency is “tying up all the loose ends” of its phase one contract and studying its options after evaluating technical risks.

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