Press Release

Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center awards $47 million contract for Enterprise Ground Services satellite operations

By SpaceRef Editor
July 23, 2019
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The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Enterprise Ground Services project office awarded a $47 million Phase III Small Business Innovative Research contract to Frontier Technology, Inc., of Beaver Creek, Ohio to support EGS Life Cycle Decision Support efforts.   


“We are excited to form this partnership with Industry as we continue to implement our enterprise solution to stove-piped ground systems while optimizing resources across space mission operations. This award bolsters our ability to deliver game-changing capabilities to the warfighter more quickly and efficiently by advancing EGS design, integration, and services delivery efforts as well as cross-domain solutions.” said Joshua Sullivan, Materiel Leader for EGS. “This contract also provides the options and flexibility needed to operate in an agile services development environment and allows SMC and Air Force Space Command to concentrate resources to provide the most secure, effective, and interoperable tactical command and control 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 to support AFSPC and partner missions.  This effort also aligns with Department of Defense initiatives to increase resiliency across its future ground architectures.  

The FTI subcontractor team is comprised of Exigo, Centauri, and Tap Here! Technology.

Background and key capabilities

EGS was formed out of a mission need to address constraints, challenges, and vulnerabilities derived from stove-piped ground systems supporting singularly-focused missions. It is a federated suite of services aimed at eliminating restrictions by continuously delivering enterprise tactical command and control services and applications that, when integrated with mission partner unique services and applications through the use of system engineering principles, will fully enable today’s modern warfighter.   

EGS intends to respond to these challenges by bringing Air Force tactical satellite operations 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.

About the Space and Missile Systems Center  

SMC, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California, is the U.S. Air Force’s center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes the development of advanced space and launch capability and systems, global positioning systems, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space-based infrared systems, and space situational awareness capabilities.

SpaceRef staff editor.