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Derek Tournear Named Acting Director at Space Dev’t Agency

Derek Tournear, formerly assistant director for space at the Department of Defense, has been named acting director of the Space Development Agency, Air Force Magazine reported Tuesday. Tournear will manage the agency's research and engineering framework to address potential DoD space architecture concerns under his new capacity.

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Space Dev’t Agency Seeking Low-Earth Orbit Satcom Capabilities

The Space Development Agency looks to use rapid acquisition authorities for satellite communications capabilities to establish a low-Earth orbit constellation, Space News reported Tuesday. Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a breakfast meeting that the armed forces need “ubiquitous communications” that an LEO constellation can provide.

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Space Development Agency Prefers Leased Satellite Services for Future Network

Fred Kennedy, director of Space Development Agency, wants to lease commercial services to support the agency’s proposed satellite network in low-Earth orbit, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. “I would be very happy to simply lease commercial services from these mega providers,” he said at a recent event of Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies in Washington, D.C.

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Congress Showing Support for New Space Development Agency

Fred Kennedy, director of Space Development Agency, said that lawmakers are showing interest in supporting the newly-established agency, SpaceNews reported Tuesday. The Pentagon stood up SDA to help utilize commercial technologies to accelerate development of space systems in March.

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Mike Leahy to Lead DARPA’s Tactical Tech Office

Mike Leahy, a former executive at Northrop Grumman, will serve as head of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s tactical technology office, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. DARPA Director and a 2019 Wash100 winner Steven Walker told the publication on Wednesday that Leahy will join the agency in late May to succeed Fred Kennedy, who was recently named head of the Department of Defense’s space development agency.

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Space Dev’t Agency Plans to Issue Smallsat Capabilities RFI Ahead of 2022 Launch

The Department of Defense’s recently established Space Development Agency is slated to release a request for information on low Earth orbit small satellite capabilities by summer of this year, Space News reported Wednesday. Fred Kennedy, director of the SDA, told reporters that he intends to launch SDA satellites into orbit by 2022. 

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Patrick Shanahan: DoD Seeks to Grow ‘Margin of Dominance’ in Space

Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Patrick Shanahan said the Department of Defense’s objective is to accelerate the “margin of dominance” in space to protect the country’s $19 trillion economy and military systems, the DoD website reported Wednesday. Shanahan said Wednesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that DoD’s reorganization efforts to recognize space as a warfighting domain supports the goal and involves the creation of a new Space Force within the Department of the Air Force, development of a new Space Command and formation of a new Space Development Agency.
 

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