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SDA embraces its role as 'constructive disruptor'

2nd June 2021 - 14:00 GMT | by Jason Sherman in New York


How the Space Development Agency hopes the transport layer will work in Tranche 0 of its future architecture. (Photo: Space Development Agency)

The US Space Development Agency is working to a fast tempo as it prepares a prototype LEO constellation to deliver overarching capabilities for frontline personnel.

In March 2021, the Space Development Agency (SDA) marked its second anniversary working to be a 'constructive disruptor' in delivering on-orbit US military capabilities.

The agency is advancing its project to proliferate satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) and rapidly adding new capabilities to the constellation every two years. 

The SDA is creating a parallel track for developing and fielding space capabilities, alongside the more traditional low-risk, incremental approach adopted by the US Space Force Space Systems Command to delivering satellites to combat customers. 

'We do not take a set of requirements and say "we are going to develop a …

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