SDA Seeks Feedback on Ground and Operations Segment Concepts, Methodologies, Approaches, and Systems for Tranche 1
Original Response Date: June 3, 2021
The Space Development Agency (SDA) seeks feedback on ground operations concepts, methodologies, approaches, and systems related to the operations and monitoring of the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA).
SDA requests input on potential integrated Government-Owned Contractor-Operated (GOCO) solutions for dual-node, geographically separated ground operations centers to operate a proliferated Low Earth Orbit (pLEO) constellation of approximately 150 satellites during Tranche 1 with growth potential for an estimated 400-satellite constellation during Tranche 2 (beginning in Fiscal Year 2026).
All responses received to this Request for Information (RFI) are solely for information and planning purposes. Responses to this RFI may be used to support future solicitations.
SDA Releases New Small Business Opportunities for Space-Based Environmental Monitoring
Original Response Date: June 15, 2021
SDA is issuing new Small Business Opportunities (SBO) under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, inviting submissions of innovative research proposals supporting the advancement of the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA). Weather conditions critically impact the effectiveness of Department of Defense missions. The Space Development Agency (SDA) is issuing an SBIR/STTR Opportunity (SBO) inviting submissions of innovative research concepts for space-based environmental monitoring (SBEM). To deliver SBEM products from the NDSA, SDA seeks a preliminary system design for a next-generation compact passive polarimetric microwave radiometer and sounder (CP2MRS) with modular imaging and sounding capability to measure ocean surface vector wind, tropical cyclone intensity, and vertical temperature and atmospheric moisture profiles from low Earth orbit.
The SBO is issued under the SDA Broad Agency Announcement for SBIR/STTR, HQ085021S0001. The opportunity opened under pre-release rules on April 27, with proposal submissions accepted from May 12, 2021 through June 15, 2021. All proposals in response to these technical areas must be submitted in accordance with the instructions provided under HQ085021S0001
SDA Seeks Input on Tranche 1 Acquisition Approach (Draft)
Original Response Date: May 7, 2021
The Space Development Agency (SDA) is seeking industry feedback on its draft approach for acquiring the National Defense Space Architecture’s (NDSA) Tranche 1. Through this RFI, SDA is specifically seeking feedback on its approach to acquire T1 Transport space vehicles (SV) and support systems. All responses received to this Request for Information (RFI) are solely for information and planning purposes. Responses to this RFI may be used to support future solicitations.
Please see the RFI for details and submission instructions.
Dynamic Spectrum Sharing 5G Prototype(s) at Hill AFB, UT
End Date: 3QFY20
Funding is for development of a 5G Prototype Testbed, 5G Prototype Enhancements, and 5G Prototype Applications to demonstrate and experiment with effective methodologies (hardware, software, and systems) for dynamic spectrum sharing enhanced by 5G communications technologies.
Reference: Solicitation #: W15QKN-15-9-1004; NSC-20-RPP-03
AFRL Broad Agency Announcement – Assured and Trusted Microelectronics Solutions (ATMS)
End Date: November 29, 2023
Funding for S&T development effort to identify and mature technologies for assessing assurance risk for microelectronics designs across the component lifecycle.
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