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.
Under the agreement, DARPA will provide the robotics payload for a Mission Robotic Vehicle.
With just a week before the first scheduled launch in DARPA’s responsive launch competition, the agency is tweaking the rules to allow the sole remaining company to perform both launches from the same spaceport.
Boeing has decided to no longer continue development of an experimental suborbital spaceplane for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the latest setback for DARPA’s long-running efforts in space access.
A three-way launch contest is now down to one unidentified company after two competitors backed out, DARPA announced Oct. 22.
Fred Kennedy spoke with SpaceNews about leaving the Space Development Agency, his public clash with Air Force leaders at the 2019 Space Symposium and his future plans.
As it plans future experiments DARPA wants to take advantage of the growing availability of launch options.
BAE Systems originally won the contract for the Hallmark Tools, Capabilities, and Evaluation Methodology program in November 2017.
DARPA program manager Joe Parrish: 'There are new players interested in partnering'
Leahy is best known in defense technology circles as the “father of the X-45."
Three launch vehicle developers, one of which is still in stealth mode, have qualified to compete in a DARPA competition in early 2020 to demonstrate responsive launch capabilities.