Raytheon wins $37 million DARPA contract for Blackjack payloads


The contract awarded to Raytheon is for Overhead Persistent Infrared sensor payloads.

WASHINGTON — Raytheon received a $37.4 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for space-based early warning sensors for the Blackjack program, the agency announced June 12.

Blackjack is a program to demonstrate the utility of a constellation of small satellites in low Earth orbit for military communications and overhead coverage.

The contract awarded to Raytheon is for Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) payloads. The company has to produce and deliver by April 2023 an unspecified number of space-flight ready OPIR payloads that can be integrated with multiple Blackjack buses and with the Pit Boss system.

Pit Boss is an artificial intelligence on-board processor for autonomous operations being developed by SEAKR.

Raytheon is developing space-based early warning sensors for the U.S. Space Force under the Next-Generation OPIR program.

DARPA announced other Blackjack contracts earlier this week as the agency prepares to start launching satellites later this year or in early 2021.

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

UAW announces new strikes at GM and Ford plants, spares Stellantis citing ‘momentum’ in talks
JPMorgan’s UK digital bank blocks customers from buying crypto
36 Best Fishing Gifts for Men -Catch the Perfect Present 2023
FAA closes New Shepard mishap investigation
White House says far-right Republicans solely to blame as government shutdown looms

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *