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Denver-based York Space Systems has won a $200 million other transaction prototype agreement from the Space Development Agency to develop 12 satellites and supporting capabilities for the Tranche 1 Demonstration and Experimentation System. The company will conduct experimentation and demonstrate Integrated Broadcast Service and tactical satellite co...

The Space Development Agency has awarded Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX) prototype agreements worth $1.3 billion combined to build and deploy 28 satellites for the first tranche of the National Defense Space Architecture’s tracking layer. The Tranche 1 Tracking Layer is expected to launch beginning in April 2025 ...

U.S. space agencies are prioritizing “integration by design” with mission partners, industry, academia and allied forces to tackle threats and deter adversaries in the largest and most highly contested domain today. Gen. James Dickinson, commander of the U.S. Space Command said the “partnered element” of the command’s approach to mission o...

Space-based missile tracking has become a top priority for U.S. space agencies as global adversaries’ use of hypersonic and long-range missiles continues to skyrocket, posing a significant threat to national security. Countries like China, North Korea and others have been building and testing an increasing amount of intercontinental ballistic miss...

Commercial space is skyrocketing, fueled particularly by the growing need for real-time space imagery and satellite communications in Ukraine as Russia’s invasion of the country continues. As geospatial intelligence and space domain awareness continue to gain importance in the future of warfare, global powers are racing to achieve technological, t...

The Space Development Agency is planning to issue a solicitation in the coming weeks for a layer of low-Earth orbit satellites that will track adversarial missiles. SDA is expected to award contracts to two or more vendors for 28 spacecraft that will comprise the agency’s tracking layer of Tranche 1, which is slated to begin launching...

A roster of renowned leaders from the Department of Defense will convene on Wednesday during McAleese and Associates’ “FY2023 Defense Programs” Conference to discuss the top programs and initiatives the department is prioritizing currently and in the future. “I have attended and enjoyed this event multiple times,” said Jim Garrettson, CE...

The Space Development Agency has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and York Space Systems prototype agreements valued at approximately $1.8 billion combined to build and demonstrate 126 satellites for the first tranche of the National Defense Space Architecture’s transport layer. The Tranche 1 Transport Layer is exp...

On Wednesday, top executive officials from federal space agencies and industry spoke on optimizing acquisition processes, accelerating technology innovation and creating more interoperable systems in the wake of massive space sector reorganization and reinvigoration efforts during GovCon Wire Events’ Space Acquisition Forum. Following an ...

Executive Mosaic’s flagship GovCon Wire will bring together top space acquisition experts from the government and industry at a Jan. 19 virtual forum to offer insight into the Defense Department’s priorities and modernization efforts in the space domain. David Ray, senior vice president of operations and lead for the space business unit ...