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Space Development Agency seeks proposals for 18 satellites with experimental payloads (Sandra Erwin, Space News)

The Space Development Agency on Oct. 8 issued a draft request for bids for 18 satellites that will carry experimental payloads. These 18 spacecraft will be integrated with SDA’s planned mesh network of 126 optically interconnected data transport satellites. 

SDA is already reviewing bids for the 126 satellites that will make up the Transport Layer Tranche 1, projected to launch in 2024. The additional 18 satellite are for the Tranche 1 Demonstration and Experimentation System, or T1DES.

Space Development Agency seeks proposals for 18 satellites with experimental payloads – SpaceNews