Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

December 11, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force’s new Space Fence solution, installed in the Marshall Islands on the Kwajalein Atoll, will provide “unprecedented” situational awareness in space, the Space and Missile Systems Center reports. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin

A new capability will give the U.S. military crucial situational awareness in a domain that is growing in importance—space. The so-called Space Fence will detect closely located objects, breakups, maneuvers, launches and conjunction assessments all the way from low Earth orbit through geosynchronous Earth orbit, reported an official from Los Angeles Air Force Base, California on December 10.

 

The Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $1,084,529,525 modification (P00017) to previously awarded contract FA8802-19-C-0001 for systems engineering and integration support for the National Space Community. This contract modification provides for the exercise of Option Year One for fiscal 2020 services being procured under the multiple year contract. Work will be performed at El Segundo, California, and is expected to be completed by September 30, 2020. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $2,158,348,065. Fiscal 2020 research and development funds are being used and no funds are being obligated at the time of the award.

August 12, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Appearing at a Mitchell Institute event on Friday, Col. Dennis Bythewood, USAF, program executive officer, Space Development, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), says that the center’s SMC 2.0 effort is about getting rid of stove-piped program structures and flattening the organization to enable innovative and integrated space solutions for the military.

For the last year, the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, known as SMC, has been revamping how it does business. As part of the service’s Space Command, SMC is at the helm of the military’s satellite communications and is confronting a contested space environment as well as a need to innovate faster. As such, the SMC is pursuing a reorganization it has dubbed SMC 2.0, which involves shifting its contracting and decision-making approaches to improve the nation’s defense-related satellite communications.

June 4, 2019
 

L-3 Communications Integrated Systems L.P., Waco, Texas, has been awarded a $499,592,426 fixed-price-incentive-firm contract for the major avionics upgrade for 176 C-130H aircraft operated by the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command. The contract provides for engineering and manufacturing development through production, and includes training and logistics requirements. Work will be performed predominantly in Waco, Texas, and is expected to be complete by September 30, 2029. The award is the result of a competitive acquisition and six offers were received. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $37,390,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Cent

June 5, 2019
 

L3 Interstate Electronics Corp., Anaheim, California, has been awarded a $46,520,779 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for Next Generation Application Specific Integrated Circuit Preliminary Design Review (PDR). The contract provides for the design, develop, and test of modernized global positioning system receivers that are intended for future military applications to the PDR level. Work will be performed in Anaheim, California, and is expected to be complete by November 2020.

January 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Air Force is facing a strategic inflection point in terms of how it pursues satellite communications in an increasingly contested space environment. The service launched its fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency mission aboard the Atlas V rocket by the United Launch Alliance on October 17, 2018, at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Space Launch Complex-41.  United Launch Alliance

Known as the SMC, the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, part of the service’s Space Command, is at the helm of the military’s satellite communications. Confronting a contested space environment and the need to innovate faster, the SMC is pursuing a reorganization involving its contracting and decision-making approaches to improve the nation’s defense-related satellite communications.

December 7, 2018
 

The Boeing Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $10,361,265 modification (P00034) to contract FA8823-15-C-0002 for services required to ensure continued Wideband Global Satellite Communication operations and logistics sustainment support. The contract modification is for the exercise of Option Period Four. Work will be performed at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado; El Segundo, California; and Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is expected to be completed December 31, 2019. Fiscal year 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $10,361,265 will be obligated at the time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.

November 9, 2018
 

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colorado, has been awarded a $255,418,494 firm-fixed-price contract modification (P00008) to previously awarded contract FA8810-18-C-0002 for the Weather System Follow-on Microwave. The contract modification provides for the exercise of an option for development and fabrication of the Weather System Follow-on Microwave Space Vehicle 1. Work will be performed in Boulder, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by January 15, 2023. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds are being obligated at the time of award. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $349,552,413.

October 23, 2018
 

Infinity Systems Engineering LLC, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $22,653,934 firm-fixed-price contract for Global Positioning Systems Engineering, Analysis & Remote Site Sustainment II. The contract provides organizational maintenance and operational support services to the operational unit that will include remote site technicians, network administrative officers and operations support. Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2025. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and three offers were received. Fiscal year 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,565,094 are being obligated at the time of award.

October 10, 2018
 

The Air Force has selected three commercial launch companies to develop a space launch system prototype as part of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program, DOD reported. The awards are part of a portfolio of three other-transaction agreements (OTAs) to leverage commercial launch solutions in order to have at least two domestic, commercial launch service providers that meet National Security Space requirements, including the launch of the heaviest and most complex payloads. The agreements require shared cost investments from the companies. For each award, the Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.

September 26, 2018
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Littleton, Colorado, has been awarded a $1,362,089,314 contract for GPS IIIF Space Vehicles 11 and 12. This contract provides for the non-recurring engineering, space vehicle test bed and simulators, and production of GPS IIIF Space Vehicles 11 and 12 as well as options for the production of up to 22 GPS III Space Vehicles, Space Vehicle storage, and launch and on-orbit support. Work will be performed in Littleton, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by August 31, 2027. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with one solicitation mailed and one proposal received.

September 13, 2018
 

Northrop Grumman Corp., Azusa, California, has been awarded a $19,165,385 modification (P00026) to contract FA8810-15-C-0001 for Defense Support Program (DSP) on-orbit satellite and anomaly resolution support. This support provides root-cause analysis as a key component of the lifetime extension of DSP orbital assets, as well as mission event analysis exploitation and design reach back. Work will be performed in Azusa, California; Aurora, Colorado; and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The work is expected to be completed by September 30, 2019. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value is $100,555,710. Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.

August 22, 2018
 

MEI Technologies, Inc.,* Houston, Texas, has been awarded a $10,231,304 multi-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for National Aeronautics and Space Administration research, engineering and mission integration services. This contract provides for contractor services to support Department of Defense payloads on NASA exploration vehicles and other available space transportation capabilities. Work will be performed at Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, and is expected to be completed by July 31, 2025. One request for proposal was advertised and one offer was received. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,122,944 will be obligated at the time of award.

July 25, 2018
 

McKinsey and Company Inc., Washington, has been awarded an $8,447,163 modification (P00002) to contract FA8807-18-F-0010 for the space acquisition transformation. The contract modification is for the implementation of the Space Acquisition Transformation Plan. Work will be performed at Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, California, and is expected to be completed by March 29, 2019. Fiscal year 2018 funds are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $8,447,163. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Global Positioning Systems Directorate Contracting Division, Los Angeles AFB, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity. 

March 16, 2018
 

DOD recently awarded two contracts for launch of Air Force satellites.

February 8, 2018
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation's Aerospace Systems of Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $428,806,926 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for two functionally equivalent Extremely High Frequency eXtended Data Rate (EHF XDR) payloads for the recapitalization of the Enhanced Polar System (EPS). This contracts procures the EPS-R EHF XDR payloads to prevent a Military Satellite Communications mission gap in the Ppolar region. Work will be performed in Redondo Beach and is expected to be complete by December 2022. The award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

September 21, 2015
 

The Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, California, has been awarded an $828,255,889 modification (P00037) to the previously awarded contract FA8802-14-C-0001 for systems engineering and integration support for the national space community. Contractor will provide systems engineering, integration management, technical performance analysis and assessment, monitoring of launch vehicle and satellite processing, and verifying launch readiness. Work will be performed at El Segundo, California, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2016 research and development funds are being used, and no funds were obligated at the time of award.

May 29, 2015
 

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) awarded the Combined Orbital Operations Logistics Sustainment (COOLS) contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, California, the company recently announced. The COOLS contract is valued at $735,514,938. The COOLS contract will provide operations and sustainment support for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF), Milstar Block I/II, and Defense Satellite Communications System III (DSCS III) constellations. The SMC’s Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate will manage the contract. 

May 11, 2015
 

LinQuest Corp., Los Angeles, California, has been awarded a firm fixed price $42,000,000 task order to previously awarded contract FA8819-15-F-0001 for advisory and assistance support. Contract will provide advisory and assistance services to Los Angeles Air Force Base’s Space Superiority Directorate’s Advanced Systems and Space Situational Awareness divisions. This will include support with modernization planning, acquisition intelligence, systems engineering, technical acquisition, technical baseline management, and test and evaluation. Work will be performed at El Segundo, California, and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2020.

December 5, 2011
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Corporation, Sunnyvale, California, is being awarded a $312.2 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract modification for engineering support for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite program from December 1, 2011 to December 31, 2014. Support is provided for on-orbit anomaly resolution and investigation, flight and payload software sustainment following the completion of on-orbit test, Networked AEHF System Tested tool sustainment, mission control familiarization, and development test.

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