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Air Force Taps Blue Canyon to Develop, Test Micro-Satellite for Deep Space Missions

Air Force Taps Blue Canyon to Develop, Test Micro-Satellite for Deep Space Missions - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Blue Canyon Technologies, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, has secured a $14.6 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop and demonstrate a small satellite bus for operations beyond geosynchronous Earth orbit.

The contractor will build a satellite capable of operating and maneuvering for up to three years in orbits beyond GEO under the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Situational Awareness Micro-Satellite Bus program, the Department of Defense said Monday.

The small satellite bus is also intended to provide support for a broad range of payloads throughout its operation.

Work will be conducted at the small satellite manufacturer’s facility in Lafayette, Colorado, through Feb. 28, 2023.

AFRL obligated $1.6 million in research and development funding for fiscal year 2021 at the time of the award.

The contract was awarded following a competitive procurement process under the Air Force’s Small Business Innovation Research program.

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