In the next major step toward fielding the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA), SDA awards two contracts for the design, development, and launch of a constellation of satellites equipped with wide field of view (WFOV) overhead persistent infrared (OPIR) sensors capable of detecting and tracking advanced missile threats. The constellation will be deployed in low-Earth orbit (LEO) and connect to the NDSA Transport Layer via optical intersatellite links (OISLs) to enable low-latency dissemination of missile warning indications and tracks directly to the joint warfighter.

SDA is pleased to announce two awards based on the competition for SDA’s Tracking Layer Tranche 0 contract awards. These awards are being made based on the specifications laid out in the Tracking Tranche 0 RFP (HQ085020R0003) released June 15 to which responses were due July 16. Prior to release of the RFP, SDA released a DRAFT RFP May 11 to solicit industry feedback ahead of the competition.

  • Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), Hawthorne, Calif., is awarded a $149,175,246 firm-fixed-price contract for the Space Development Agency Tracking Layer Tranche 0, Wide Field of View program. The proposal was received and evaluated under request for proposal HQ085020R0003. The work to be performed under this contract will include on-time delivery of space vehicles and optical wide field of view payloads. Work will be performed in various locations in the continental U.S. Funds obligated at the time of award are defense-wide fiscal 2020 research, development, test & evaluation funds. Space Development Agency, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (HQ0850-21-C-0001).
  • L3 Harris Technologies, Inc., Melbourne, Fla., is awarded a $193,599,342 firm-fixed-price contract for the Space Development Agency Tracking Layer Tranche 0, Wide Field of View program. The proposal was received and evaluated under request for proposal HQ085020R0003. The work to be performed under this contract will include on-time delivery of space vehicles and optical wide field of view payloads. Work will be performed in various locations in the continental U.S. (99.2%) and Canada (0.8%). Funds obligated at the time of award are defense-wide fiscal 2020 research, development, test & evaluation funds. Space Development Agency, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (HQ0850-21-C-0002).

Dr. Derek Tournear, SDA Director said: “These awards represent the next major step toward fielding the National Defense Space Architecture. The SDA Tracking Layer is an integral part of the Department’s overall overhead persistent infrared (OPIR) strategy to detect, track, and defeat advanced missile threats. We are confident these fixed-price awards will help us deliver the initial tranche of the Tracking Layer on schedule. We were pleased with the response from industry and commercial partners to this competition. We look forward to working collaboratively with industry and our government partners like MDA to deliver a Tracking solution that puts critical information in the hands of the joint warfighter at or ahead of the speed of the threat.”