SSC updates FreeSol BAA

On May 17, Space System Command (SSC) issued an updated version of its FreeSol broad agency announcement (BAA).

The SSC Advanced Technologies Branch (SSC/SZET-BCET) and Contracting Branch (SSC/SZK) invites innovative technical approach concept papers addressing space and cyber technologies, to enable capabilities to counter emerging space threats.

To enable the concepts espoused in the United States Space Force (USSF) Strategic Intent, investments need to be made and the USSF needs to leverage all sources of innovation, prototyping, and experimentation. In addition, the USSF will explore pathfinders to test assumptions, validate answers, and potentially field ad-hoc solutions.

This effort was designed to help the SF further partner with industry, encourage innovation, and drive down system costs. This BAA champions these initiatives, develops a better understanding of requirements while rapidly addressing the need for integrated space and cyber solutions.

This is an open, two-step (concept white paper followed by proposal) BAA that will be available for 60 months, through 23 February 2029. The Government will evaluate concept papers against the criteria stated in this announcement. Those Offerors whose concept papers are of interest may be invited to submit a formal proposal.

The objective of the SSC, Space Domain Awareness and Combat Power (SSC/SZ-BC) Directorate is to develop, deliver, and sustain unrivaled space control capabilities to guarantee space superiority for the nation. The Directorate champions the nation’s space and cyber capabilities, as well as develops acquisition transition paths to support requirements. Proposals utilizing technology with a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 3 or higher are desired; justify TRL using DoD Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) Guidance.  Topics of interest for this BAA are listed below. Proposals need not be limited solely to those provided as examples but do need to trace to one of the overarching five topics.

  1. Resiliency technologies and techniques that increase survivability of space systems
  2. Improvements to Space Domain Awareness (SDA) that enhance the knowledge of space objects, status, activities, threats and environment to enable courses of action
  3. Innovative abilities to exploit space to its advantage for defensive and offensive counterspace to protect friendly space-related capabilities from attack
  4. Efficiencies that promote Battle Management Command Control and Communications (BMC3)
  5. Methods for advancing exercises, tests, and training environment


Review the SCC FreeSol BAA.

Source: SAM

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