DARPA推进“战区统领”计划,开发近地轨道航天自主任务管理系统(英文)

2020-05-06 智邦网

编辑 致远

据c4isrnet网2020年5月4日报道,4月28日,SEAKR工程公司宣布,将作为唯一总承包商继续推进DARPA的“战区统领”(Pit Boss )计划,为该局旨在验证提高近地轨道星座价值的“黑杰克计划”(Project Blackjack)开发自主任务管理系统,以促进现有商业卫星技术转军用。“战区统领”计划将采用卫星搜集数据,在轨处理并向地面用户或平台分发,无需人工输入,并拓展许多功能,如提高定位、导航和定时能力,天地激光通信,以及提供持久目标定位与跟踪数据。DARPA选定三个小组,BAE系统、SEAKR和科学系统公司牵头,开发“战区统领”系统方案,SEAKR公司牵头小组包括微软、应用技术协会、先进解决方案、凯瑟拉航天解决方案、NKryptPhase等公司。

SEAKR moving forward with DARPA’s Pit Boss project

SEAKR Engineering will continue developing the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Pit Boss as the sole prime contractor, the company announced April 28.

Pit Boss is the autonomous mission management system that will be used for DARPA’s Project Blackjack, an initiative to demonstrate the value of a proliferated low earth orbit constellation that takes advantage of off-the-shelf commercial satellite technologies for military uses. According to DARPA, Pit Boss will be able to take data collected by the satellites, process it on orbit and then disseminate that information to users or platforms on Earth without human input.

Pit Boss will be able to facilitate a number of functions, including augmenting position, navigation and timing capabilities, space-to-surface communications, and deliver persistent targeting and tracking data.

The company will perform the first phase of work on the satellite demonstration project that will inform the Space Development Agency’s vast proliferated low earth orbit constellation.

DARPA selected three teams, led by BAE Systems, SEAKR and Scientific Systems Company, to develop Pit Boss solutions. SEAKR’s team included Microsoft, Applied Technology Associates, Advanced Solutions Inc, Kythera Space Solutions and NKryptPhase.

SEAKR said ithas received a Phase I Option II contract to continue its work on Pit Boss as the sole prime.

“The award validates SEAKR’s current program success in seeking on-orbit demonstration of state of the art processing capability incorporating autonomous operations, artificial intelligence, machine learning techniques, and bridged terrestrial and on-orbit technologies,” the company said in a statement.


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