Announcement of Contract
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force Research Laboratory announced on Nov. 15 that Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory had been awarded its largest-ever contract for space technology development.
According to a news release, Space Dynamics, situated in North Logan, Utah, has been awarded a $1 billion five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for “space and nuclear advanced prototypes, experiments, and technology.”
The Defense Department’s sole-source grant, announced on Nov. 10, was not competitive. Space Dynamics is one of 14 non-profit University Linked Research Centers affiliated with the Department of Defense. UARCs are regarded as “government’s trusted agents.”
“This contract cements AFRL’s and USU SDL’s long-term strategic cooperation,” stated Col. Eric Felt, director, AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate. “The collaboration will speed up key space science and technology projects, particularly when we need to respond fast to urgent and unanticipated needs.”
AFRL will be able to “perform scientific investigations and technology, research and development in the UARC’s key capability areas without the bureaucracy and delay that comes with awarding several smaller individual contracts,” according to Felt.
What areas does the contract include?
Space sensors, space cybersecurity, nuclear science and technology for deterrence, enhanced satellite navigation and GPS technology, precision quantum and photonic sensors, space environmental research, tiny satellites, and radio-frequency sensing are all covered by the contract.
“We are proud to be a trusted partner of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the United States Space Force to develop technologies for new missions and sustain fundamental capabilities for national defense,” said Space Dynamics CEO Jed Hancock.