Advanced Space has been awarded the contract to deliver the AFRL mission to the Moon

Advanced Space LLC., a leading space technology development company, announced that the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Spacecraft Directorate, in partnership with AFRL’s Office of Transformative Capabilities, has awarded the company a $72 million contract to supply Oracle AFRL. spacecraft program formerly known as the Cislunar Highway Patrol System, or CHPS.

Oracle will demonstrate space situational awareness, detection and tracking of objects in regions around the Moon. Advanced Space is the prime contractor for Oracle and is developing the mission approach as well as advanced navigation, tracking and communications solutions for this complex mission.

“As the company that has a spacecraft on the Moon today, we place great importance on the development of safe and transparent operations in near-lunar space,” said Bradley Cheatham, Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Space. “Advanced Space is proud to be selected by AFRL for this critical mission. We are leading a world-class team on this work, anchored by General Atomics, the spacecraft bus and payload integrator, and Leidos, the optical payload supplier for this mission. “

The proposed mission team draws on extensive and unique expertise to support the Oracle AFRL mission. Advanced Space owns the CAPSTONE spacecraft, which is currently operating on the Moon as a wayfinding mission for NASA. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) is providing its GA-500 class satellite to be used for Oracle, the US Space Force’s EO/IR Weather System (EWS).

Leidos has a long history of supplying high-performance optical sensors for space-based sensors for AFRL and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), among others. Together, this team will lead the development and deployment of the Oracle program in support of AFRL’s mission objectives.

This award was made by the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC), managed by the National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL), using an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) authority. This procurement mechanism increases the government’s ability to use innovative and unconventional solutions to complex and urgent problems.

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