Missile Defense Agency contracts with SIL to complete development and environmentally qualify VBITS Autonomous Flight Termination System (AFTS)
(16 September 2019 - Space Information Laboratories) The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the USAF are jointly funding Space Information Laboratories (SIL) to complete development and environmentally qualify Vehicle Based Independent Tracking System (VBITS) Autonomous Flight Termination System (AFTS) for missiles, hypersonic vehicles and reentry vehicles to support the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).
SIL’s Vehicle Based Independent Tracking System (VBITS) was first developed for MDA missiles (2006-2008) and ULA’s Atlas and Delta Rockets (2008-2012) for GPS Tracking, and has successfully flown many times without loss of GPS receiver lock and this heritage is being leveraged.
SIL’s VBITS AFTS USPTO Patent #5,739,787 (issued 14 April 1998) was first IP to eliminate the need for ground range instrumentation (Radar andFlight Termination Systems) to track and destroy a rocket, and thus reduce launch cost.
“SIL’s VBITS AFTS technology will enable MDA to support target missiles, hypersonic missiles and reentry vehicles, and reduce DOD ground range instrumentation assets required for test missions, and save significant test and evaluation cost. SIL’s developing a VBITS AFTU with internal GPS L1/L2 Receivers, IMU, and high reliability electronics in reduced SWAP that meets RCC 319 and MDA PMAP REVB requirements.”
The design, manufacturing and environmental qualification is performed at Space Information Labs facility in Santa Maria, CA.
The MDA contract # HQ014717C7439 with $4M value will allow SIL to complete development and environmental qualify a VBITS AFTS to support MDA upcoming missions of national significance, and allow other commercial small launch vehicle companies thru a FAA Safety approval to use the technology once fully Range Safety Space Qualified and flight tested with our MDA customer.
“We are extremely proud to work with the Missile Defense Agency to support their mission” stated Edmund Burke, SIL CEO.”
About Space Information Laboratories
Headquartered in Santa Maria, CA near Vandenberg AFB, SIL is a world-class small business supplier of innovative technologies and solutions for mission-critical programs for the MDA, NAVAIR, USAF, DARPA, Aerospace Industry, and other U. S. Government Agencies. SIL’s expertise includes development and production of Li-Ion Polymer Intelli-Pack batteries, Intelli-Avionics, VBITS GPS Tracking and Autonomous Flight Termination System, and GEO/LEO SatCom Ka/Ku-Band systems for aerospace vehicles. SIL is AS9100D Quality Management System certified to design, manufacture and test flight units.