SDA Seeks Prototypes for Multilayered Space Defense Architecture

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The Space Development Agency is soliciting concepts for space technologies to support a proposed defense architecture for hypersonic missile tracking and position, navigation and timing operations.

SDA said in a notice posted Friday on the beta SAM website it seeks to demonstrate “novel technical capabilities“ to inform the development of the National Defense Space Architecture's custody, navigation and tracking layers.

According to the broad agency announcement, technologies under the Mission-Specific Application Prototypes initiative must support ground and on-orbit data processing as well as future deterrence operations in deep space or beyond geosynchronous Earth orbit.

SDA envisions NDSA to have a transport layer for low-latency military data transmission as well as other layers for support, left-of-launch custody, missile tracking, PNT and battle management command, control and communications.

BMC3 integrates all of NDSA's functional layers and includes open-system satellite networks as well as software built to handle large volumes of data.

SDA plans to conduct a capstone demonstration for NDSA in fiscal 2023 to assess the prototypes' capacities for satellite-based tracking, datalink transmission and BMC3 on-orbit software updates. The agency expects contract work to conclude by September 30, 2021.

Interested parties must submit proposals for the MSAP effort through Aug. 21.

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