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Contractor: Orbital Sciences Corporation
Department: Air Force
The Orbital Sciences Corp., of Sterling, Va., is being awarded a contract for $29,481,249. The Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base N.M. is procuring an innovative technology solution for a nanosatellite capable of independently providing localized Space Situational Awareness and anomaly characterization of the local space environment of a host of satellite. The nanosatellite will be capable of flight experimentation by early FY2010. The nanosatellite has a one year mission life at GEO, with a goal for 3 years of operational life from launch. The vehicle is capable of direct, secure, and AFSCN compatible ground communications; allows operation with minimal ground intervention, without reliance on the host. Nanosatellite is compact, affordable, and efficiently designed to have an absolute minimum impact on a host asset. At this time $2,300,000 has been obligated. AFRL, Detachment 8, Kirtland Air Force Base N.M., is the contracting activity (FA9453-08-C-0173).
Total Contract Value: $29,481,249