Blue Canyon Technologies Completes Satellite Bus CDR for DARPA Blackjack Program – Via Satellite –

DARPA Blackjack Satellites. Photo: DARPA

Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) has completed its Critical Design Review (CDR) validating its X-SAT Saturn-class bus design to support the Blackjack Program, the company announced Dec. 14. Blackjack is a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program to leverage commercial Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) technology for a global high-speed network for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). 

In the CDR, which took place over a two-day period at its satellite constellation factory in Lafayette, Colorado, BCT demonstrated its X-SAT Saturn-class bus design, validating the design and capabilities of the system in support of the Blackjack program. The Saturn bus is the largest microsatellite bus that BCT offers. 

Michelle Narciso, BCT program manager, told Via Satellite that BCT expanded the capabilities of the bus to support the broad set of missions for Blackjack, including more power, and…

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