Space forces want to create more friendly conditions for private industry

Joy White: “We need to get a clearer access point for the commercial industry”

WASHINGTON – The Los Angeles-based Procurement Division of the U.S. Space Forces has made new efforts to attract commercial space companies that do not normally cooperate with the government, said Joy White, chief executive of the Space Systems Command, on February 16.

The plan is for space forces to be assigned to various locations in the United States that could interact with interested companies and identify opportunities for space forces to invest in “high-potential technology,” White said at a virtual event of the Space Foundation.

White, who is also the head of contracts in space command, said the initiative has been dubbed the “SSC Transition Door,” although it is still in its infancy. “We need to get a clearer access point for the commercial industry to bring us their ideas and their technology. Therefore, the entrance door of the SSC is intended for this purpose “.

Teams destined for SSC’s front door will be based at headquarters in Los Angeles, but also at other foci of the space industry, such as NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Others will be located in Colorado Springs and Kirtland, New Mexico, where the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Office of Rapid Space Provision are located. In the future, it is planned to attract people to Washington, DC, – she said, “because there are so many opportunities to talk to people and understand what opportunities there are.”

Space Command is a huge organization with an annual budget of $ 11 billion and nearly 10,000 employees. White said the command had set itself the goal of transforming military space architecture from an architecture dominated by huge satellites in geostationary near-Earth orbit into more extensive networks deployed in ever higher orbits that would be harder for enemies to attack.

White said the command has a target date of 2026 to have new satellite networks in orbit, and it needs help from the private sector.

The command of space systems was originated in August 2021replacing the Center for Space and Missile Systems, which was first established in 1954, making it the oldest space organization in the U.S. Army. “For decades, programs have been hampered by traditional processes,” White said. The new head of the space systems command, She said Lt. Gen. Michael Getline is restructuring the organization to make it more operational.

White said the front door initiative is one of many efforts to ensure that “we keep up with innovation in the commercial space industry.”

The team is still refining the front door concept so it doesn’t get too complicated for small businesses, she said. “One thing I’m worried about is that we have too many doors, and so it can be confusing how to get in. We need to make it tougher.” Space forces want to create more friendly conditions for private industry

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