雷神公司获价值3700万美元DARPA“黑杰克”传感器研制合同(英文)

2020-06-17 智邦网

编译 致远

据c4isr网2020年6月15日报道,6月12日,DARPA发布合同公告,授予雷神公司3700万美元合同,为“黑杰克”(Blackjack)项目开发传感器。

“黑杰克”项目是DARPA正在开发和投入使用的示范卫星星座项目,旨在利用由低地球轨道运行的卫星组成的在轨网状网络实现预期军事用途。预计将于2020年秋季发射飞行演示卫星,之后在2021年开始发射由约20颗“黑杰克”卫星组成的完整星座。

根据该合同,雷神公司将负责研究、开发和演示“顶层持续红外”(OPIR)传感器,这些传感器将被集成到“黑杰克”星座和“战区统领”(Pit Boss)系统,Pit Boss是一个自主、基于空间的命令和数据处理器,是“黑杰克”的“大脑”。预计将于2023年4月完成。

此前,为更好地准备2021年“黑杰克”的首次发射,DARPA授予多个“黑杰克”合同。2020年4月,SEAKR工程公司获得开发Pit Boss系统合同。同月,洛克希德·马丁公司获得“黑杰克”卫星集成第一阶段的合同,合同主要内容包括定义和管理总线、有效载荷和Pit Boss之间的接口。

2020年6月9日,蓝峡谷技术公司获得1400万美元合同,用于“黑杰克”总线的第2和第3阶段工作;6月10日又获得1600万美元合同,用于“黑杰克”有效载荷方面的第2和第3阶段工作。蓝峡谷公司曾在2018年获得航天器设计工作第1阶段合同。有效载荷工作预计将于2021年3月完成,总线工作预计将于2021年6月完成。

Raytheon awarded $37M for Blackjack sensors

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded Raytheon $37 million to develop sensors for Project Blackjack, according to a June 12 contract announcement.

Project Blackjack is a demonstration constellation being developed and fielded by DARPA to show the military utility of an on-orbit mesh network made up of satellites operating in low Earth orbit. The agency expects to launch flight demonstration satellites this fall before beginning to launch the full constellation of about 20 Blackjack satellites in 2021.

As part of the June 12 contract, Raytheon will research, develop and demonstrate Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) sensors that will be integrated into the Blackjack constellation and the Pit Boss system, an autonomous, space-based command and data processor which is the brains behind Blackjack. Work is expected to be completed in April 2023.

DARPA has awarded a number of Blackjack contracts as it prepares for its first Blackjack launches in 2021. In April, the agency selected SEAKR Engineering as the prime contractor to develop Pit Boss. That same month, Lockheed Martin announced that it has been awarded a contract for the first phase of satellite integration for Blackjack, which entails defining and managing interfaces between the bus, payload and Pit Boss.

Blue Canyon Technologies was awarded a $14 million contract for phase 2 and 3 work on the Blackjack buses on June 9, and on June 10 was issued a $16 million contract for phases 2 and 3 work on the payload side of Blackjack. Blue Canyon had received a phase 1 award for spacecraft design work in 2018. The payload effort is expected to be wrapped up in March 2021, with the bus work completed in June 2021.


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