SDA wants 3 bidders to develop $2B, 144-satellite Transport Layer LEO constellation. Deadline: Oct. 1

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS —The U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) set an Oct. 1 deadline for industry bids to build a total of up to 144 low-orbit satellites, each carrying optical inter-satellite and satellite-to-ground terminals and Ka-band payloads.

Sticking to its announced schedule, the SDA on Aug. 30 issued its request for bids for the satellites, which it expects will cost less than $2 billion, or $14 million per satellite:

The agency’s . . .

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