, US: Space Information Laboratories (SIL), an engineering solutions provider, bagged the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) ALASA (Airborne Launch Assist Space Access) contract. The technology contract is for GPS metric tracking, autonomous flight termination system (AFTS) and space based range to reduce range launch cost. The DARPA ALASA Phase I contract is worth approximately USD 2 million.
Through a press statement, Edmund Burke, CEO, SIL, stated, “We are proud to play a significant role as a DARPA team member with SIL’s VBITS enabling technology to support DARPA’s ALASA goal to launch a 100 pound satellite into LEO for USD 1 million total cost per launch.”
SIL’s VBITS patented technology will enable DARPA’s ALASA goal to significantly reduce launch cost with vehicle based GPS tracking, AFTS and space based range systems.
SIL said the work will be performed at Space Information Laboratories’ engineering design and manufacturing facility in Santa Maria, California, US.