Ball Aerospace, Parsons, General Dynamics, and Omni Federal selected to develop ground systems

Ball Aerospace, Parsons, General Dynamics, and Omni Federal have been awarded $9.7 million contracts from the U.S. Space Force for a project called FORGE C2, which aims to modernize ground systems that control spacecraft and process data from existing and future geostationary and polar orbit satellites. The Space Systems Command began the FORGE program in 2019 with the goal of creating an open architecture for missile-warning ground systems to replace the current proprietary ground stations developed and operated by SBIRS and Next-Gen OPIR prime contractor Lockheed Martin. The FORGE C2 prototype will lay the groundwork for a government-owned, cyber secure modular open systems approach for missile warning satellite command and control, including mission management, ground control, telemetry, tracking, and commanding. The four vendors were competitively selected by the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpeEC), an organization created to attract startups and commercial companies to compete for defense programs. The FORGE C2 project is part of a broader $2.8 billion program to modernize missile-warning ground systems. Two of the four vendors, Parsons and General Dynamics, have recently won contracts for other Space Force ground systems, such as Parsons developing a ground system for missile-warning satellites in medium Earth orbit and General Dynamics Mission Systems operating the ground systems of the future low Earth orbit constellation being acquired by the Space Development Agency.