2019 -- The Air Force has announced Navigation Technology Satellite 3 (NTS-3) as one of the initial three Vanguard programs: Golden Horde, NTS-3 and Skyborg. Vanguards are outlined in the Air Force 2030 Science and Technology Strategy as programs that “will advance emerging weapon systems and warfighting concepts through prototyping and experimentation […] Vanguard programs aim to deliver game-changing capabilities rapidly that transform future operations with cutting-edge technologies”. Navigation Technology Satellite – 3 (NTS-3) is set to launch in 2022 and will help the U.S. Space Force expand the boundary of current Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) technology. Braxton was awarded initial contract work on NTS-3 through a Phase III Small Business Innovation and Research (SIBR) Contract in 2017. For more information on the Vangaurd Program, visit https://afresearchlab.com/technology/vanguards
Braxton was pleased to accept a $750,000 award at the live Air Force Space Pitch event on November 5th, 2019. The award followed months of extensive customer discovery, a Phase II proposal, and a closed-door pitch in the presence of high-ranking Air Force leaders and other Industry Influencers. During the Space Pitch process, Braxton evolved an idea for an Advanced Concepts Ecosystem for Space (ACES), tailoring our existing Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) products into a novel prototyping environment. These products will be integrated with existing projects and programs, following modular opens systems architectures practices with standard interfaces, to augment and enable an end-to-end prototyping enterprise to support SMC.
“What you see here is your Air Force trying to do things differently; experimenting with how we can work closer with the commercial space market particularly the small businesses,” said Lt. Gen. John “JT” Thompson, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center commander. “We have to transition from an industrial age acquisition model to something more modern. We have to do that because of the threats we are seeing from our adversaries.”
Braxton gave a private pitch on Day One of the inaugural AF Space Pitch Days, and was one of 12 companies that walked away with a Phase II SBIR contract and a $50,000 credit card swipe to start executing.
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Braxton has been awarded a Phase I SBIR by AFRL to continue developing a concept that will leverage existing infrastructure and successfully demonstrated prototypes, already in use by the Air Force. AceSOC will extend the technology to provide a virtual SOC for satellite providers to contact their LEO constellations. The benefits/innovations of this approach to both military and commercial applications include economy of scale cost reductions, providing simultaneous LEO contacts, providing a core application framework within an open Campus concept so other commercial companies can participate, providing capabilities to supplement with other companies for mission operations, allowing commercial companies to maintain control of their own constellations, or having Braxton manage their constellations for them.
Braxton had another great year sponsoring the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo! Located at the beautiful Norris Penrose Event Center, the 79th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo took place July 10-13 and supported space and military command each night. This event is a fun way for our team to support the local community, honor the military, and connect with industry partners.
Braxton Technologies, LLC is excited to announce the award of a $20M Phase III Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract (with $100M ceiling) to support EGS Satellite Operations Prototyping and Integration (SPI). This contract will allow the Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC) and Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) to concentrate resources to provide the most secure, effective, and interoperable tactical C2 experience to mission partners across the Air Force space enterprise. EGS is a government-controlled platform and underlying infrastructure, that will provide ground services and enterprise Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) to support AFSPC space missions.
The SPI subcontractor team is comprised of affiliated companies, Space Ground Systems Solutions (SGSS) and Ingenicomm as well as subcontractors Aurora Cybersecurity, ASRC Federal, Bluestaq, Kratos, LinQuest, Rocket Communications, and SAIC.
EGS was formed out of a mission need to address constraints, challenges and vulnerabilities derived from traditional stove-piped ground systems supporting singularly-focused missions. It is a federated suite of services aiming to eliminate stove-pipes by continuously delivering enterprise tactical C2 services and applications that, when integrated with Mission Partner unique services and applications through the use of System Engineering (SE) principles, will fully enable warfighter effects.
EGS intends to respond to these challenges by bringing Air Force tactical Satellite Operations (SATOPS) command and control into the 21st century by focusing on the rapid and continuous delivery of interoperable services to space warfighters. These services will eventually include all common service requirements across Air Force mission areas that are necessary to command and control satellites while maximizing the implementation of automation, cyber resiliency, and a common user experience.
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The 35th Space Symposium is in the books and was another great experience for Braxton’s biggest event of the year. Demonstrating our expertise in Enterprise Ground Services (EGS) was a focal point for this year’s theme, and several different EGS-compliant products were showcased, including AceIRO, AceFCT, AceFLT, AceFEP, AceSIM, AceCP, AceFDS, and CAS. More information can be found on the Products Page
Braxton was awarded a Phase I SBIR to create an Improved AFSCN Factory Compatibility Tester, called AceFCT. Braxton will deliver a portable system to validate a Satellite Operations Center’s ability to connect to the AFSCN, leveraging our AceSIM product and rapid prototyping expertise.
Braxton is on a Phase III SBIR contract to deliver an Enterprise Ground Services (EGS) compliant ground control system for the Navigation Technology Satellite 3 (NTS-3).