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SDA Launches Experimental Satellites, Payload for National Defense Space Architecture Goals; Derek Tournear Quoted

Derek Tournear

The Space Development Agency (SDA) confirmed the deployment of its two satellite sets built to demonstrate optical communications in low-Earth orbit and a payload intended to test space data fusion. SDA intends to assess pointing, acquisition and tracking tools that will support Optical Communication Terminals through the Mandrake II mission.

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Stephen Forbes: DARPA ‘Likely’ to Choose Two Payloads for ‘Blackjack’ Satellites

Stephen Forbes

Stephen Forbes, Blackjack program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), said DARPA is exploring different payloads for small satellites in low-Earth orbit but is “likely” to pick only two payloads to fly on those spacecraft as part of the Blackjack initiative.

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Lt. Col. Tim Trimailo: Space & Missile Systems Center Eyes Further SDA Partnerships

Lt. Col. Tim Trimailo

Lt. Col. Tim Trimailo, a materiel head at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), said his office is working to develop recommendations on streamlining the Space Development Agency’s (SDA) contracting process. He noted that CASINO serves as the focal point for SMC’s activities in low-Earth orbit and has “a natural tie” to SDA’s initiatives. 

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Space Force Seeks Commercial Partners for ‘Deep Space’ Defense Acrhitecture; Col. Russell Teehan, Col. Joseph Roth Quoted

Space Security

The U.S. Space Force plans to partner with commercial entities for government programs aimed at establishing a deep-space architecture. Col. Russell Teehan said that the military branch envisions a “notional operational architecture” that will defend the nation’s space assets while handling strategic and theater activities.

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DARPA’s Paul Thomas on Fast-Tracking ‘Blackjack’ Space Network Initiative

Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas, project manager for the Blackjack effort at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), said the agency is moving forward with the program after evaluating commercial technologies and identifying potential risks. He noted that the agency is “tying up all the loose ends” of its phase one contract and studying its options after evaluating technical risks.

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Paul Selva: LEO Satellites Could Provide Cheaper Broadband Services

Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Brookings Institute event that the efforts to miniaturize satellites are helping to reduce costs in constructing and deploying large constellations, C4ISRnet reported Thursday. Selva noted that this may result in broadband services hosted by low-Earth orbit satellites that are cheaper compared to fiber-optic networks.

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Mike Leahy to Lead DARPA’s Tactical Tech Office

Mike Leahy, a former executive at Northrop Grumman, will serve as head of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s tactical technology office, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. DARPA Director and a 2019 Wash100 winner Steven Walker told the publication on Wednesday that Leahy will join the agency in late May to succeed Fred Kennedy, who was recently named head of the Department of Defense’s space development agency.

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Fred Kennedy: Reorganization Efforts, New Tech Procurements Can Advance Space Missions

Fred Kennedy, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Tactical Technology Office, has said efforts to reorganize the space architecture and procure new technologies align with plans to modernize the military space business, Space News reported Monday.

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