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DARPA Blackjack small satellite programme

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Update: DARPA awards contracts for Blackjack small satellite programme | Janes - 16 January 2019

--- Quote ---The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a handful of contracts in support of the agency’s Blackjack small satellite constellation effort.

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Blackjack is an architecture demonstration intending to show the high military utility of global low earth orbit (LEO) constellations and networks of lower size, weight, and cost spacecraft. DARPA is searching for affordable mass-produced payloads and buses that it can refresh at the pace of technology on the ground.

Pentagon satellites have been historically custom-designed to specific mission sets with lengthy design and/or enhancement cycles at high cost per spacecraft. They have also become targets for adversaries during warfare.
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The Blackjack programme is an architecture demonstration intending to show the high military utility of global LEO constellations and mesh networks of lower size, weight, and cost spacecraft. Source: DARPA

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