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.
DARPA's Pit Boss experiment, dubbed Sagittarius A*, is projected to launch in early 2021.
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.
The Space Development Agency says optical inter-satellite links are "one of the most critical technologies to be demonstrated."
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.