US Army to advance satellite ground terminal technology with Peraton’s prototype
Peraton has been awarded a contract for the development of a prototype satellite ground terminal for the US Army for 20 months.
The US Air Force (USAF) Space and Missile Center Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC) awarded the other transaction authority (OTA) contract.
The military seeks to harness the strategic ability of space systems to incorporate into the operational decision-making process of the armed forces.
The company is expected to serve as the developer, systems engineer and integrator for the satellite ground terminal prototype system.
According to the company, will be primarily performed in Herndon, Virginia.
Peraton said in a statement, “This prototype will demonstrate flexibility to advance technology and capability insertion, while concurrently reducing programme development cycles and related costs.”
Peraton National Security Space vice-president Stan Kekauoha said: “This award builds on our extensive experience delivering solutions for highly differentiated space, intelligence, cyber, electronic warfare, and secure communications to the military services and intelligence community.”
“Through demonstrated performance and collaboration, Peraton is a trusted partner on missions critical to our nation’s security priorities,” Kekauoha added.
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The transportable system is intended for future low-Earth orbiting satellites and will be able to operate under challenging orbital conditions.
The consortium was founded in 2017 to oversee the production of space technology prototypes.
The aim of the SpEC OTA is to allow companies to obtain faster design contract awards and to attract small businesses and non-traditional defence contractors.