Exclusive interview with the Space Development Agency’s Fred Kennedy: “How we do things in space has to change”8 Apr 2019, 22:59 UTC
COLORADO SPRINGS — The Space Development Agency is only a month old and its staff has yet to be hired, but the SDA already has a bold agenda. It plans to change how the military develops and acquires space systems, the agency’s director Fred Kennedy told SpaceNews in his first media interview since taking the job.
SDA will do business in a way that is radically different from the way the military currently develops and acquires space systems, Kennedy said. “I wanted to call it the Space Disruption Agency,” he quipped in an April 8 interview.
Disruption, in Kennedy’s view, is overdue. While DoD officials are fond of pointing out that “space is no longer a sanctuary,” for many milspace programs it’s still business as usual.
“Some of us may have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century,” he said. “How we do things in space has to change.”
To prod the Defense Department in that direction, Kennedy is drafting an architecture that leverages commercial capabilities coming online to churn out the hundreds and thousands of satellites venture-backed companies like OneWeb and SpaceX need for the broadband megaconstellations they’re beginning to deploy in low Earth orbit ...