Northrop Grumman Selects Airbus US Space & Defense as its Satellite Platform Supplier for Tranche 1 Transport Layer Prototype Constellation

Northrop Grumman’s T1TL mesh satellite constellation will provide resilient, low-latency, high-volume data transport supporting U.S. military missions around the world and serve as a critical element for Joint-All Domain Command Control. (Credit: Northrop Grumman)


REDONDO BEACH, Calif., July 5, 2022 (Northrop Grumman PR) – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) today announced the selection of Airbus U.S. Space & Defense Inc. as the commercial provider of satellite platforms for its proliferated-LEO constellation. Under the terms of the contract, Airbus U.S. will supply 42 satellite “bus” platforms, as well as support vehicle assembly, integration and testing.

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York Space Systems Wins Second Consecutive Contract from Space Development Agency, Tripling Production Capacity to Support Continued Demand

Denver-based York will reach initial operating capacity at new facility in May to simultaneously produce platform satellites for government and commercial customers at massive scale

(From left to right) Dirk Wallinger, CEO and President of York Space Systems; the Honorable Frank Kendall, Secretary of the Air Force; Dr. Derek Tournear, Director of the Space Development Agency; and Charles Beames, Executive Chairman of York Space Systems tour York's new manufacturing facility.
(From left to right) Dirk Wallinger, CEO and President of York Space Systems; the Honorable Frank Kendall, Secretary of the Air Force; Dr. Derek Tournear, Director of the Space Development Agency; and Charles Beames, Executive Chairman of York Space Systems tour York’s new manufacturing facility. (Image Credit: York Space Systems)

DENVER (York Space Systems PR) — York Space Systems (York), a Denver-based aerospace company dedicated to complete space mission solutions, today announced another award from the Space Development Agency (SDA), a $382 million contract to York to deliver 42 satellites in support of SDA’s Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL). York will produce these satellites, built on the LX-CLASS standard commercial platform, in the new facility for approximately half the price of its nearest peer competitors. York was also selected by SDA in August 2020 to provide 10 satellites for Tranche 0 and remains on schedule for delivery later this year.

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Lockheed Martin To Deliver 42 Small Satellites For Space Development Agency

A Lockheed Martin employee is seen working on a Transport Layer model with the help of digital transformation tools. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Approx. $700 Million Tranche 1 award expands initial SDA Transport Layer demonstration constellation

LITTLETON, Col., Feb. 28, 2022 (Lockheed Martin PR) – The Space Development Agency (SDA) has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a prototype agreement with a potential value of approximately $700 million to design and build 42 small satellites. These satellites are part of Tranche 1, the initial warfighting capability of the agency’s Transport Layer, which will connect space with other domains on Earth in a highly capable, networked environment of Joint All-Domain Operations.

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Space Development Agency Makes Awards for 126 Satellites to Build Tranche 1 Transport Layer

Tranche 1 Transport Layer mesh satellite communications network. (Credit: Northrop Grumman)

With Industry Onboard, National Defense Space Architecture Ready to Take Shape

WASHINGTON (SDA PR) — The Space Development Agency (SDA) today announced the awards of three prototype agreements worth approximately $1.8 billion to establish the foundation for Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL), a mesh network of 126 optically-interconnected space vehicles (SV) that will provide a resilient, low-latency, high-volume data transport communication system, and be ready for launch starting in September 2024. 

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Northrop Grumman Selected by Space Development Agency to Develop Prototype Constellation Supporting Joint All-Domain Command and Control Network

Tranche 1 Transport Layer mesh satellite communications network. (Credit: Northrop Grumman)

The program leverages the company’s heritage MILSATCOM programs, commercial partnerships, and industry-leading laser communication technology to enable worldwide communications

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Feb. 28, 2022 (Northrop Grumman PR) – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) today received an award with a potential value of $692 million from the Space Development Agency (SDA) to produce and field an innovative, proliferated constellation of 42 low-Earth orbit (pLEO) satellites for the Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL) mesh satellite communications network.

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