|Request for Proposal||Project Description||Proposal Due|
|Upcoming Projects||Project Description||Anticipated Release Date|
|Space Weather Analysis Forecasting System (SWAFS)|
SWAFS is the DoD’s sole operational tool to provide space environmental characterization for the entire space domain. SWAFS is a software suite of 47 models/applications to ingest, process, and store space environmental data, run space environmental models, and run space effects characterization applications.
|FORGE Mission Applications Provider (MAP)||Competitive prototype that plans to down-select a single contractor team to perform the follow-on MDPAP effort.||TBD|
|On-Orbit Servicing Prototype||Demonstrate on-orbit servicing of selected PoR spacecraft to evaluate mission feasibility and reduce technical risk. Practice with Low Value Assets (LVAs) prior to transitioning to High Value Assists (HVAs). Develop servicing proficiency prior to managing real-world events. Improve SWC operational capability in contested environments.||TBD|
|Blackjack/CASINO Ground and Processing||Demonstrate a space order of battle architecture that cannot be easily defeated by near peer, and enables one to two year technology refresh cycles vs current 10 year cycles. Leverage Commercial LEO Mega-Constellation. Develop Co-Orbiting Military Demo Constellation: Rapid tech refresh, Resilience, Global persistence, Autonomous ops, Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Position Navigation Timing (PNT) Communication (RF), Low-cost commoditized COTS bus, Rapid response to future threats.||TBD|
|Enterprise Management and Control|| SMC/MC is planning to release a Request for Prototype Proposal (RPP) for the development and demonstration of Government Network Operations Center (GNOC) prototype applications. These prototypes will handle Enterprise Management and Control capabilities for wideband SATCOM planning and mission management. Specific efforts under these Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs) should include prototype applications for the GNOC (with emphasis on planning, SA, and M&C), database development, and an operating platform in which the GNOC applications execute. The prototypes will be included in several demonstrations in accordance with existing commercial best practices for security, performance, mobility, coverage, and capacity. Industry should leverage commercial products where possible and focus on open interfaces and architecture.|
These prototypes should focus on enabling wideband SATCOM roaming across various COMSATCOM service providers including managed services and next-generation commercial capabilities. Prototypes should also look to bridge current gaps in holistic planning and execution across commercial, government-owned, and international partner SATCOM systems. This will provide increased mission assurance and resiliency for USG Wideband SATCOM users and the tools necessary to support Wideband SATCOM planners.
|Protected Tactical SATCOM (PTS)|| The Protected Tactical SATCOM (PTS) Payload acquisition plans to have up to 4 Payload contractors in the Design phase and up to 2 contractors in the Build and Test Phase. PTS will utilize rapid prototyping acquisition spirals to incrementally increase capabilities through flyable prototypes until full satellite requirements are satisfied. Once full requirements are met, the program will transition into a production phase known as rapid fielding.|
The PTS team is exploring a separate acquisition for the Space Hub ECU. The Space Hub ECU effort will fund the development, NSA certification, and manufacture of a single Space Hub ECU architecture to be delivered as Government Furnished Equipment to prototype payload contractor(s) on the PTS project
|Project Robin|| Deliver Commercial Space Situational Awareness (SSA) capabilities (Visualization/data feeds) to augment the Air Force’s Space Situational Awareness mission, as well as leverage a Unified Data Library for commercial, DoD, and allied partners, while providing a recurring contractual avenue for the addition of emerging Commercial SSA. |
A Commercial System provides services for conjunction assessments, collision avoidance, debris mitigation and international data sharing. Commercial solutions are required to maintain unclassified functionality that can allow data sharing across government departments and commercial entities conducting space operations and preparing to launch. Commercial solutions also provide both data sources and applications to augment the Air Force’s mission which can be easily accessible to both DoD, Governmental, and allied partners.
|Wideband Ground Station Prototype||The Army plans to acquire a prototype for a planned transportable multiband satellite ground terminal (SGT) system. While the SGT will also process the remote sensing spacecraft data and manage communications, the current interest is in the antenna subsystem. The antenna subsystem will provide RF link reception functions from low Earth orbit (LEO). Ultimately, the SGT will be built in limited production quantities for operational use by the Army and potentially other services.||TBD|
|Aerospike Rocket Integration and Suborbital Experiment (ARISE)||The project goal is to leverage industry launch capability to rapidly perform a proof-of-principle flight of a highly instrumented modular aerospike engine through a specified sub-orbital flight trajectory, with an emphasis on affordability over experimental engine performance. Data shall be obtained over a range of engine operation, from open wake through wake closure, in order to attain aerospike nozzle performance data and to demonstrate the modular liquid engine architecture in relevant flight conditions. Flight of the prototype vehicle will occur no later than FY22. Details on the required vehicle flight velocity profile and angle of attack are available by accessing a request for information (RFI) titled "Low-Cost Launch" issued by AFRL in June 2018 (solicitation number PZRA2018RFI0001).||TBD|