General Dynamics Mission Systems and Iridium awarded $324 million ground control and operations contract by Space Development Agency

FAIRFAX, Va. and MCLEAN, Va., May 26, 2022 /CNW/ — General Dynamics Mission Systems (NYSE:GD), and Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today that they have been awarded a contract by the Space Development Agency in the amount of $324,516,613including a basic amount of $162,954,122 and $161,562,491 as options, to establish the Ground Operations and Integration (O&I) segment for the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) Slice 1. Together, General Dynamics Mission Systems and Iridium will build ground entry points and operations centers for the NDSA, as well as provide network operations and systems integration services for the next tranche of proliferating satellites in low Earth orbit of the SDA.

Key operations and integration functions include enterprise management, network management, mission management, payload data management and constellation monitoring which spans ground, link, space and architecture user. Working with partners at KSAT UNITED STATES (KSAT Inc.), Raytheon and EMERGENT, the General Dynamics Mission Systems-Iridium team will develop, equip, staff, operate and maintain state-of-the-art, commercial-grade operations centers, acquire and operate entry points to the ground, and lead ground-space integration efforts.

“We are extremely proud to bring to the Space Development Agency our long tradition of expertise in critical space and ground communications and networking,” said Chris Brady, president, General Dynamics Mission Systems. “Together with our partners, we are excited to lay the foundation for the SDA’s initial combat capability and the backbone of joint joint command and control.”

“Iridium, General Dynamics Mission Systems, and the U.S. government have a long and successful history of working together, and partnering on this project is a natural evolution of our relationship,” said Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium. “Iridium’s 25 years of experience in LEO makes us uniquely qualified for this opportunity, and we are honored to take on this tremendous responsibility in support of this next-generation network.

About General Dynamics Mission Systems

General Dynamics Mission Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, provides mission-critical solutions to challenges faced by defense, intelligence, and cybersecurity customers across all domains. Based at Fairfax, Virginia, General Dynamics Mission Systems employs more than 12,000 people worldwide. For more information on the extensive feature portfolio of General Dynamics Mission Systems, visit or follow @GDMS on Twitter.

About Iridium Communications Inc.

Iridium® is the only mobile satellite voice and data communications network that covers the entire world. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. With its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium offers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. In 2019, the company completed a generational upgrade of its satellite network and launched its new specialty broadband service, Iridium Certus®. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Virginia., USA, and its common stock trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol IRDM. For more information on Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit

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