If DARPA exercises all options, the contract awarded to Blue Canyon Technologies has a potential value of $99.4 million.
The contract awarded to Raytheon is for Overhead Persistent Infrared sensor payloads.
Blue Canyon received a contract for satellite buses. SA Photonics' contract is for optical communications terminals.
Three payloads will fly to low Earth orbit in late 2020 and early 2021 to start building an optically meshed network.
Lockheed Martin will integrate satellite buses and payloads with data processors.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded satellite operator Telesat a contract to study the use of commercial buses in the agency’s experimental low-Earth-orbit constellation program known as Blackjack.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded BCT a contract to define bus and payload requirements for Blackjack, a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit to offer persistent global communications and Earth observation.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Blackjack is small compared to traditional military space procurements but it is one of the most talked about space projects.