SAIC Inc. will soon start helping the U.S. Air Force manage program logistics, including evaluating project budgets and sustainment issues for several of the branch’s space-based systems.
According to a recent Defense News report, the company will also examine structural issues within systems and make recommendations regarding training and other facets of these systems.
The company’s work will support the branch’s space-based infrared system, military satellite communication and defense meteorological satellite programs.
Marc Dippold, a vice president and manager of the company’s space division, told reporter Adam Stone the company has access to only half of a system in space when repairs are needed.
For ground systems, he said, repairs may involve purchasing a new part for the terminal and a new part for the airplane.
Robert Vasquez, senior vice president for national security space, told Stone there are more products geared toward Earth-based products, making the repair process easier than for space-based products.
The company will be responsible for figuring out how the Air Force can extend the longevity of satellites and reduce maintenance costs, Stone reported.