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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force to Capitalize on Small, Fast Satellites

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, the U.S. Space Force's chief of space operations, said microelectronics and advanced propulsion can enable small satellites that can be deployed in large numbers while having the computing power to rapidly transmit data. He said at an Arizona State University-sponsored virtual conference that USSF wants to capitalize on these technologies as the military updates satellite networks.

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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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Army’s Gunsmoke-J Cubesat to Launch Aboard Rocket Lab’s Electron Vehicle in March

Internet of Battlefield

A cubesat designed to help the U.S. Army demonstrate the collection of data from overhead satellites to support battlefield surveillance and combat operations will fly aboard Rocket Lab’s Electron vehicle in mid-March. The Gunsmoke-J spacecraft is one of the seven satellites that will take off from New Zealand as part of the 19th launch mission of the Electron rocket.

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Ball Aerospace to Support NASA Solar Cruiser; Dr. Makenzie Lystrup Quoted

Ball Aerospace

Ball Aerospace has been selected to support a NASA small satellite technology demonstration, Solar Cruiser. Ball will perform several mission-critical functions, including the integration and test of the satellite bus with the solar sail system that will form the completed Sailcraft. Ball’s efforts will inform on the use of solar photons for propulsion in space. 

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NASA to Launch Smallsat Missions Totaling $140M for Solar Probe Initiative

Solar Probe Initiative

NASA is slated to launch two small-satellite missions valued at $140 million combined as part of the agency’s Heliophysics Solar Terrestrial Probes initiative in 2025. NASA also allocated funding for the Spectral Imaging of Heliospheric Lyman Alpha (SIHLA) mission of opportunity which will involve mapping the sky to study the boundary between the heliosphere and heliopause.

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Christopher Scolese: Small Satellites Provide NRO More Opportunities to Do Science

Christopher Scolese

Christopher Scolese, director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), said the NRO is becoming more dependent on small satellites to support research experiments. He said the agency is leveraging low-cost launch services and small satellites to bring more technology platforms in space to explore future mission capabilities.

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