Prototype Operations I



POPS-I Contract Overview


Providing research and development for satellite operations and support services, the Prototype Operations I (POPS-I) contract will provide support services to at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB), Alberquerque New Mexico, as well as other entities including, but not limited to, Schriever AFB, CO, within the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Development Corp (DC), Innovation and Prototyping Directorate (DCI), and Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) Support Complex (RSC).


The goal of this contract is to accelerate the development of mission design and integrations, launch operations, and ground system test support in order to provide reliable, low-cost access to space.

About Summit Technical Solutions, LLC

STS is a Veteran-Owned, Woman-Owned, Small Business established in 2001. Since our inception, we successfully serve our customer’s mission requirements with highly qualified and experienced engineers, analysts, technicians, and support staff. Our core capabilities are Engineering Services, Operations, Maintenance and Sustainment, Test Training and Evaluation, and Information Technology/Cyber Services. STS is a small business leader in ground data processing, ground control stations, launch support technologies, space surveillance, missile warning, radar systems, satellite communications, terminal and Radio Frequency engineering support.


STS enjoys a history of proven Prime Contractor performance beginning with our first prime contract award in October 2006. The STS Management Approach embraces process driven methodologies yielding forward planning, exact mission execution, and prime experience in exceeding customer mission requirements. For 20 years, STS has continuously provided management expertise, on-time deliverables, high quality and cost effective services for our Government customers. STS successfully and simultaneously manages and supports numerous contracts as a prime and subcontractor in CONUS, OCONUS and remote locations. As a small business, STS has robust capabilities to support the POPS-1 Space enterprise missions in support of SMC and USSF.

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    Making Space Concepts A Reality

    STS Experts Have Supported Programs and Systems Such As: 

    STS personnel have real-world experience with terminal design, modem operations, and network planning. This experience includes commercial, DSCS, GBS, and WGS modems, terminals, and satellites. Our team has experience working with the Government engineering teams to define and collect the performance data needed to evaluate fielded terminal and modem performance to help address mission risks, and coordinated a solution that addressed knowledge and performance gaps. STS engineers authored a SATCOM Technical Data Handbook to encompass the 212 associated certified terminals. The last version of this type of handbook was created nearly two decades ago, and severely needed updated for SATCOM operations and terminal troubleshooting.  This document created fingertip access to certification status, terminal information, block diagrams, and trending information for planning, engineering/Integration, and operations.  A long-standing recognized need for improved knowledge management and job aids was fulfilled, without adversely impacting day to day operations.


    Military Strategic and Tactical Relay (MILSTAR)


    Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF)


    Defense Satellite Communication System (DSCS)


    Satellite Control Network (SCN)


    Wideband SATCOM Operations Centers (WSOC), Wideband Satellite Operations and Management System (WSOMS), Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) and SATCOM-On-The-Move (SOTM)


    WB Consolidated SATCOM System Expert (C-SSE)

    Vehicle Systems

    Reentry and Launch Vehicle Systems


    Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA) modems, Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), and Frequency Hopped Multiple Access (FHMA) modems, and Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS)

    Rapid Results

    The work at SMC and DCIO directly impacts the USSF and United States Strategic Command’s ability to respond quickly within the current strategic environment. Transition of the POPS program quickly and effectively is imperative to continue operations. STS has extensive capability/experience and has been very successful phasing in new programs. STS had an extremely successful transition on the PARCS contract, which is similar in size and scope to POPS. Because the STS transition team worked we were able to reduce critical elements of transition from two weeks to one week. Team STS was able to reduce the inventory from two weeks to one week, saving government funds and time for multiple individuals and allowed our team to rapidly assume our new Prime role to continue operations.

    Effective Team

    In order to be the USSF’s premier ground and space systems operations Center of Excellence, SMC/DCIO contractor personnel need to demonstrate and develop innovations across the mission set for POPS. STS technicians develop and maintain accurate and timely test documentation for the purposes of weapon system trend analysis, target resolution tracking, validation and the maintenance of workload data. As part of our on-site operational ground system analysis, STS personnel identify and document all issues, vulnerabilities, or problems related to weapon system performance. Overall, our Subject Matter Experts on site are constantly improving the reliability and effectiveness of the radar systems while also maintaining site through thorough knowledge management strategies.

    Agile Support

    Being responsive in a 24x7Satellites Operations Center is critical to the POPS mission. STS has continued to maintain 24/7/365 mission essential posture support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic at the PARCS site. STS has been innovative and conscientious in finding successful ways to circumvent adverse program impacts while maximizing system performance as demonstrated by the operational reliability of the weapon system. The effectives of our agility at PARCS is demonstrated by our availability contractor controlled averages exceeding quality requirements throughout the life of the contract.

    Lethal Capabilities

    Without highly trained space professionals, SMD/DCIO cannot effectively use its space systems to increase force lethality. STS has experience managing training and curriculum at the MAJCOM level. STS manages over 2,000 defenders annually. We worked to establish an electronic system to gather data to support all courses critiques. It was ultimately built in one week and covered all courses taught on site. This allowed our customer to gather critical information from each course that is taught to help enhance and make all courses stronger, and effectively training professionals provided a benefit to the Government, of which we will provide to SMC.

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    Why work for STS?

    The leadership at Summit Technical Solutions sincerely believes our employees are our most valuable resources. We are dedicated to finding the most diverse and qualified individuals for our positions, and when we find them, we want them to feel like part of a team! Our veteran-owned small business offers benefits comparable to big businesses, to include Health and Vision coverage, 401(k) matching, and more! Our employment opportunities are diverse, and offers challenging and rewarding careers.

    Team STS is building a team to conducting satellite operations in support of the POPS-I contract. We’re looking for highly qualified and motivated individuals to join us in support of this U.S. Space and Missiles Systems Center (SMC) contract. For more information about our current openings for the POPS-I contract or to submit your resume click one of the positions, or use the form above to submit general inquiries, or contact the STS Recruiter directly via the information below:

    Cristina Mitchell,
    STS Recruiter
    Phone: 719-476-0702

    More Summit Technical Solutions' Experience

    STS Performs Test, Training & Evaluation Support

    STS has more than a decade of experience providing our defense customers with test, training, and certification support while simultaneously supporting operation and maintenance of customer assets, and providing evaluations and participation of recurring training exercises.

    STS Actively Supports the U.S. Space Force

    STS provides O&M support to the PARCS radar system which provides 24/7/365 critical missile warning and space surveillance data to the Space Force through the tactical warning and attack assessment of ICBM's launched against the continental United States.

    STS Provides Expert Systems Engineering Support

    STS supports the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command in a series of tasks necessary to develop, produce, deploy, operate, secure, test, and evaluate ICBM's through assessments of models and launch systems, and potential capabilities.

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