Raytheon Technologies Moves to Phase 2 of DARPA Blackjack Program on Space Payload Dev’t

Raytheon Technologies has won a $37.4M contract to build and test a space-based payload technology for the second phase of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program aimed at demonstrating a multisensor network in low-Earth orbit.

The company will aim to develop Overhead Persistent Infrared payloads for integration with integrating with multiple buses and its subsystem to support demonstration of an on-orbit constellation through DARPA's Blackjack program, the Department of Defense said Friday.

The agency awarded the contract after a competitive acquisition process under a broad agency announcement and is obligating $32.9M at the time of award.

Contract work will take place in El Segundo, Calif., through April 2023.

DARPA aims to establish a high-speed LEO network that will offer global connectivity and persistent coverage for Department of Defense personnel.

The agency also seeks a Pit Boss architecture that can work to collect data on targets via the proposed Blackjack constellation with military payloads.

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