SDA Aims to Reduce Missile Testing Costs With Space-Based Sensors Under ‘Sabre’ Program

A senior Space Development Agency official said SDA is advancing a project that seeks to determine whether space-based sensors could replace aircraft and ships in collecting telemetry, GPS signals and other data from ballistic and hypersonic missile tests as part of cost reduction initiatives, Breaking Defense reported Friday.

The official told the publication that SDA expects that through the Space-Based Telemetry Monitoring, Electronic Support and Alternative Navigation program, DOD could save millions of dollars per missile test.

SDA is seeking feedback on its draft solicitation for the Sabre program, which seeks to design, build and test four sensor payloads for integration into the NExT constellation or the National Defense Space Architecture Experimental Test Bed.

The agency intends to award one other transaction agreement in support of the project, which includes space vehicle integration support and operations and sustainment services.

Comments to the draft solicitation are due Jan. 30.

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