Millennium Space Systems (MSS), a Boeing [NYSE: BA] company, has completed the space vehicle Critical Design Review (CDR) for its Epoch 1 space vehicles less than a year after award.
This effort is part of the Missile Track Custody (MTC) prototype project, awarded by Space Systems Command (SSC) through the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC). SSC’s SpEC program is managed by the National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL).
The successful completion of the CDR means that Millennium Space Systems is now authorized to start production on six space vehicles for SSC’s MTC Epoch 1 project. These space vehicles are scheduled for delivery and launch in late 2026.
The review for the full space segment of the program with a complete space vehicle and constellation design was done less than five months after the Preliminary Design Review, which was completed in just four months.
“Our team is thrilled to see how quickly this project is moving. I believe that using SpEC’s Other Transaction Authority (OTA) is the most efficient way of connecting the government with performers like Millennium Space Systems. SpEC’s OTA allows companies like Millennium to harness the potential to enact real change for our nation safety and in this case, in missile tracking technologies. The SpEC OTA’s efficiency continues to innovate as evident in the Epoch 1 Space Vehicle effort for SSC’s MTC program. The unique thing about SpEC is its partnerships that leverages flexibility and rapidness especially working within compressed timelines to deliver solutions to strengthen our nation’s Missile Warning/Missile Tracking technologies and safeguarding our national security.” — Mike Malinowski, Director of SpEC at NSTXL