Space vehicles powered by small nuclear reactors could be used for military missions in deep space, the vice chief of the U.S. Space Force said July 28.
NASA has selected three teams of companies to perform concept studies of nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) reactors while making plans to fund similar studies for nuclear surface power systems.
The U.S. Space Development Agency has five satellites riding on SpaceX’s Transporter-2 mission scheduled to launch June 25.
The Biden administration’s defense budget proposal for fiscal year 2022 seeks more than $1.2 billion for military space systems in low-Earth orbit.
DARPA awarded Northrop Grumman a $13.3 million contract to provide positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) payloads for the Blackjack program.
Lockheed Martin wins $27 million contract modification for integration of DARPA’s Blackjack satellites
DARPA announced it has increased Lockheed Martin’s contract for satellite integration work for the Blackjack program by $27.3 million.
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.