DARPA’s Blackjack satellites

Lockheed Martin triumphs $27 million deal revision for assimilation of DARPA’s Blackjack satellites

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency grew Lockheed Martin’s deal for satellite assimilation work for the Blackjack program by $27.3 million, the organization announces on 22nd April. DARPA a year ago selects Lockheed Martin as the satellite integrator for Blackjack.

The mission in order to establish a network of small satellites in low Earth orbit for the following:
  • Military communications
  • Missile warning
  • Navigation

The company earlier receives a $13.1 million deal for Blackjack satellite assimilation work. The $27.3 million revision for Stage 2 of the series brings the total value of the deal to $40.4 million.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency orders 10 buses so far from Blue Canyon Technologies. Raytheon Technologies is delivering rocket warning infrared sensors. The organization last month grants SEAKR Engineering a $60.4 million deal in order to create the Pit Boss statistics dispensation system for satellites to function separately.

Lockheed Martin does the fabrication and assimilation of buses, cargos, and the Pit Boss statistics processor at its production provision in Sunnyvale, California. The new deal revision involves the assimilation of the several Blackjack elements into a release vehicle for on-orbit analysis.

The entire Blackjack constellation is projected to have as many as 20 satellites. The technology built in the Blackjack system also is helping the Pentagon’s Space Development Agency. Which is operating on a large network of communications and missile-warning satellites in low Earth orbit.

Julie Pecson, Lockheed Martin’s Blackjack system director, said the first four spaceships are programmed to launch in June 2022.

“Lockheed Martin looks ahead to the continual collaboration with DARPA and the Blackjack performers. This is in order to create this transformational curriculum,” Pecson says in an announcement.

“This attempt shows Lockheed Martin’s methodology in order to prompt satellite assimilation and confirms DARPA’s bold program objectives for Blackjack,” Pecson adds.


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