The Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) released a
on June 7 for industry participation in a Space Enterprise Consortium
(SpEC) that would aim to quickly develop prototype projects to fulfill
Space Enterprise Vision.
The SpEC would establish an Other Transaction Agreement with a goal of
involving “small businesses and non-traditional vendors” in new program
development in order to reduce prototyping costs. The initial agreement
would last five years and invest up to $100 million. SMC wants to use
the consortium to eliminate “stove-piped programs and platforms” and
move toward “flexibility and agility” in bringing along new space
technologies. The first round of SpEC proposals are due July 7, and the
program expects to award a first prototype in November. SMC expects to
award $5 million for one prototype project in FY17, with the number of
projects and dollar values increasing after that.
As part of its transition to a new concept of the space situational awareness mission, the Air Force is in the process of adding sensitive compartmented information facilities (SCIFs) to its installations with ground-based space surveillance radars to allow operators to share certain types of classified information. Read the full story by Wilson Brissett.
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