DARPA orders six satellites from Blue Canyon Technologies for Blackjack program

Feb. 25, 2021
The company, which owned by Raytheon Technologies, developed a satellite for DARPA based on its commercial X-SAT bus, Sandra Erwin reports for Space News.

WASHINGTON - Blue Canyon Technologies has received a contract option worth $26.5 million to produce six satellites for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a company spokesman told SpaceNews, reports Sandra Erwin. Continue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

February 25, 2021 - DARPA's Blackjack program focuses on integrating commercial satellite technologies into a constellation of affordable, small, secure, and resilient military satellites. Mandrake efforts combine mission development and management services, integration coordination, as well as mission operations, data reduction and processor prototype development. The Mandrake program supports the Blackjack program's mission by aiming to reduce risk and validating key technologies and capabilities to expand operational fidelity.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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