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The Space Systems Development Division (SSDD) is the space and ground support systems research and development organization of the Naval Center for Space Technology.

The primary objective of the SSDD is to develop command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) hardware and software solutions to space, airborne, and ground applications.

To respond to Navy, DoD, and national mission requirements with improved performance, capacity, reliability, efficiency, and/or life cycle costs, the Division must derive system requirements from the mission, develop architectures in response to these requirements, and design and develop systems, subsystems, equipment, and implementation technologies to achieve the optimized, integrated operational space, airborne, and ground systems.



Core Capabilities 

SSDD responsibilities extend across the entire space/airborne/ground spectrum of hardware, software, and advanced technologies, including digital processing and control, analog systems, power, communications, payload command and telemetry, radio frequency, optical, payload, and electromechanical systems, as well as systems engineering.

  • Payload test facility and processor development laboratory
  • Laser communications and electro-optics laboratories
  • Tactical Technology Development Laboratory (TTDL)
  • Precision oscillator (clock) test facility
  • RF payload development laboratory with anechoic chamber
  • Precision high-frequency RF compact range anechoic chamber facility
  • Transportable ground station development, assembly, and test facility
  • Multiplatform FPGA/ASIC/VLSI development laboratory
  • Pomonkey (Southern Maryland) field site: large antenna, space communications, and research facility
  • Midway Research Center space communications and research facility
  • Optical telescope facilities