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Space Force Introduces Initiative to Solicit Rapid Satellite Deployment Solutions

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Space Force Introduces Initiative to Solicit Rapid Satellite Deployment Solutions

The U.S. Space Force has introduced the Tactically Responsive Space Challenge, an initiative designed to solicit ideas for rapid satellite deployment during emergencies or conflicts.

Under the challenge, companies can submit bids through the Department of Defense’s Small Business Innovation Research portal. Proposals should cover any of the following six areas: upfront coordination processes; logistics; payload sensors; spacecraft buses, satellite refueling, maneuvering and disposal; launch services; and ground systems, command and control, on-orbit operations and global antenna networks.

Selected companies will be granted direct-to-Phase-2 Small Business Technology Transfer contracts worth up to $1.7 million. Interested parties can submit proposals from Aug. 30 to Sept. 28, SpaceNews reported Thursday.

MacKenzie Birchenough, Space Safari materiel leader at the U.S. Space Systems Command, said it must be possible for the proposed solutions to be prototyped within 15 months and fielded within two years.

The Space Force’s efforts to boost the U.S. space supply chain follow a statement from Maj. Gen. David Miller, USSF director of operations, training and force development, about the service’s lapses in countering space-based threats. According to Miller, the Space Force could improve private-sector collaboration to understand what technologies could help improve threat deterrence.

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