DARPA selected Blue Origin and Lockheed Martin to develop competing spacecraft concepts for a demonstration of nuclear thermal propulsion.
DARPA awarded a $22 million contract to General Atomics to design a small nuclear reactor for space propulsion.
Stefanie Tompkins on March 15 assumed the top post at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
DARPA awarded SEAKR Engineering a $60.4 million contract to develop a data processing system for satellites to operate autonomously.
Blue Canyon has received a contract option worth $26.5 million to produce six satellites for DARPA's Blackjack program.
SDA and DARPA small spacecraft equipped with optical crosslinks will fly to orbit in SpaceX's next rideshare mission Transporter-2.
DARPA is looking to develop materials, processes and designs needed for in-space manufacturing of large structures.
Two satellites from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that were part of a SpaceX rideshare mission were damaged Jan. 4 at the payload processing facility.
The satellites Blue Canyon developed for DARPA's Blackjack program — based on the company's commercial X-SAT bus — passed a critical design review.
A new “national initiative” wants to promote the development of satellite servicing and in-space assembly technologies among U.S. government agencies that have differing views on the value of such capabilities.
Telesat won a $18.3 million DARPA contract to produce two satellite buses for the Blackjack low-Earth orbit constellation.
Orbion is a four-year-old startup in Houghton, Michigan, that specializes in Hall-effect plasma thrusters for small satellites.
Coleman is a member of the Defense Science Board and has held several senior posts in the private sector and academia.
Forbes has been Blackjack’s deputy program manager since 2018.
DARPA acting director Highnam said the agency sees no need to demonstrate launch capabilities that are now available from commercial providers.