Category: Space

Blackjack Focuses on Risk Reduction Flights and Simulations to Prepare for Full Demonstration

In partnership with the U.S. Space Force and Space Development Agency, DARPA’s Blackjack program is targeting flights to low-Earth orbit (LEO) later this year and 2021. Using a series of small risk reduction satellites, the program aims to demonstrate advanced technology for satellite constellation autonomy and space mesh networks. Continue reading “Blackjack Focuses on Risk Reduction Flights and Simulations to Prepare for Full Demonstration”

Lockheed Martin’s New DARPA Contract Could Disrupt the Future of Space

DARPA has awarded Lockheed Martin a $5.8 million contract for the first phase of satellite integration on the Blackjack program. Continue reading “Lockheed Martin’s New DARPA Contract Could Disrupt the Future of Space”

Power-Beaming Demonstrated on International Space Station

International Space Station astronaut Jessica Meir completed the first U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) power-beaming demonstration in orbit February 12, 2020, using relatively simple components suitable for STEM activities. Continue reading “Power-Beaming Demonstrated on International Space Station”

UK’s DSTL, Australian Astronomers Collaborate in Deep Space Situational Awareness

Operational and retired satellites orbiting more than 36,000 km above the Earth will be tracked in a collaborative international experiment by scientists from the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and amateur astronomers from Australia and the UK. Continue reading “UK’s DSTL, Australian Astronomers Collaborate in Deep Space Situational Awareness”

Leonardo Wins ESA Contract To Build Mini Scientific Lab to Uncover Moon’s Secrets

Leonardo announced today the signing of a €31.5 million contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to build PROSPECT, the onboard drill and miniature lab for the Luna-27 lander, a mission by ESA and Roscosmos, with support from the Italian and UK Space Agencies. Continue reading “Leonardo Wins ESA Contract To Build Mini Scientific Lab to Uncover Moon’s Secrets”

Raytheon Has Developed a Prototype System for Managing Satellite Data

The U.S. government’s global satellite network produces a constant flood of data — petabytes and petabytes of it every day. Continue reading “Raytheon Has Developed a Prototype System for Managing Satellite Data”

Lockheed Martin Launches First Smart Satellite Enabling Space Mesh Networking

A new era of space-based computing is now being tested in-orbit that will enable artificial intelligence, data analytics, cloud networking and advanced satellite communications in a robust new software-defined architecture. Continue reading “Lockheed Martin Launches First Smart Satellite Enabling Space Mesh Networking”

ESA, European Defence Agency (EDA) to Jointly Explore AI, Drone Projects

Space-based services have fast become essential to Europe’s safety and security. In 2017, a previous European Space Agency – European Defence Agency Implementing Agreement demonstrated the use of space-based assets to respond to threats from toxic and hazardous materials, announced in a press release today. Continue reading “ESA, European Defence Agency (EDA) to Jointly Explore AI, Drone Projects”

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Developing Space Solar Power Beaming

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (ARFL) is developing space-based solar power transmission capability using high-efficiency solar cells to collect the sun’s energy, convert it to radio frequency, and beam it to earth. Continue reading “U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Developing Space Solar Power Beaming”

Raytheon Developing Payload for a More Resilient Missile Warning System

To give military commanders that early warning ability, Lockheed Martin turned to Raytheon as one of two contractors selected to design the payload for its Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared, or Next Gen OPIR, Block 0 resilient missile warning satellite. Continue reading “Raytheon Developing Payload for a More Resilient Missile Warning System”