SDA announced August 31 two contract awards for the first generation of the Transport Layer. These awards represent one of the first major and highly visible steps toward developing the National Defense Space Architecture’s inaugural tranche (called Tranche 0). This set of contract awards will initiate the design, development, and launch of constellations comprised of tens of satellites with optical intersatellite links capable of sending and receiving wideband data to and from other space vehicles and ground stations

The capability demonstrated in the Transport Layer Tranche 0 will provide our warfighters with periodic regional access to low-latency data connectivity via space-based extensions of existing tactical data links. Details of the contracts announced today:

  • York Space Systems, Denver, is awarded a $94,036,666 firm-fixed-price contract for the Space Development Agency Transport Layer Tranche 0. The proposal was received and evaluated under request for proposal (RFP) HQ085020R0001. The work to be performed under this contract will include on-time delivery of space vehicles (SVs) and paths to optical intersatellite link (OISL) interoperability success. Work will be performed in Denver (45.5%), San Diego (13.4%), Los Gatos, Calif. (11.0%), Carlsbad, Calif. (9.0%), Los Angeles (6.5%), Scottsdale, Ariz. (4.4%), Longmont, Colo. (4.1%), Bothell, Wash. (3.3%) and Colorado Springs, Colo.(2.8%). Funds obligated at the time of award are fiscal year 2020 defense wide RDT&E. The Space Development Agency is the contracting activity (HQ0850-20-C-0008).
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation, Littleton, Colo., is awarded a $187,542,461 firm-fixed-price contract for the Space Development Agency Transport Layer Tranche 0. The proposal was received and evaluated under request for proposal (RFP) HQ085020R0001. The work to be performed under this contract will include on-time delivery of space vehicles (SVs) and paths to optical intersatellite link (OISL) interoperability success. Work will be performed in Littleton, Colo. (54.2%), Irvine, Calif. (24.4%), Backnang, Germany (10.6%), Centennial, Colo. (5.9%), Camarillo, Calif. (1.3%), San Diego (1.3%), Tempe, Ariz. (0.7%), Quebec (0.5%), Madrid (0.4%), Cedar Rapids, Iowa (0.3%), Annapolis Junction, Md. (0.2%), Bedford, N.H. (0.2%) and Ottawa, Canada (0.1%). Funds obligated at the time of award are fiscal year 2020 defense wide RDT&E. The Space Development Agency is the contracting activity (HQ0850-20-C-0009).

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