SDA Releases DRAFT Request for Proposal (RFP) for Transport Layer Tranche 1
Original Response Date: July 30, 2021SDA released a draft solicitation for the Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL) space segment which establishes the foundation for the National Defense Space Architecture’s initial warfighting capability. With up to 144 space vehicles spanning six planes in low earth orbit, T1TL will provide global communications access with regional persistence and serve as the backbone for Combined Joint All Domain Command and Control (CJADC2) built upon low-latency data transport, sensor-to-shooter connectivity, and direct-to-weapon connectivity.
SDA Releases New Small Business Opportunities for Commercial SAR and Scatterometry (COSAS)
Original Response Date: Aug. 26, 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 concepts supporting the advancement of our national defense space capabilities. This SBO pertains to Space Based Environmental Monitoring (SBEM).
This project looks to remove technical barriers for nascent commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR) constellations and to enter a new market for ocean surface vector wind (OSVW) and tropical cyclone intensity (TCI) data delivered by commercial augmentation of the NDSA.
This SBO is issued under the SDA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for SBIR/STTR, HQ085021S0001. All proposals in response to the technical area(s) described herein must be submitted in accordance with the instructions provided under HQ085021S0001, found here:https://go.usa.gov/x6hPs.
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DARPA pursues opportunities for transformational change rather than incremental advances. It does so collaboratively as part of a robust innovation ecosystem that includes academic, corporate, and governmental partners. DARPA relies on these diverse performers from throughout this ecosystem to apply multi-disciplinary approaches to advance basic research and create innovative technologies.
Defense Innovation Unit
DIU provides revenue to companies in the form of prototype contracts (a Commercial Solutions Opening based on the Other Transaction authority) to solve DoD problems. These prototype awards can include hardware, software, or unique projects. More importantly, after a successful prototype, the company involved and any DoD entity can enter into follow-on production contracts.
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