Raytheon Technologies has won a $37.4M contract to build and test a space-based payload technology for the second phase of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program aimed at demonstrating a multisensor network in low-Earth orbit.
The company will aim to develop Overhead Persistent Infrared payloads for integration with integrating with multiple buses and its subsystem to support demonstration of an on-orbit constellation through DARPA's Blackjack program, the Department of Defense said Friday.
The agency awarded the contract after a competitive acquisition process under a broad agency announcement and is obligating $32.9M at the time of award.
Contract work will take place in El Segundo, Calif., through April 2023.
DARPA aims to establish a high-speed LEO network that will offer global connectivity and persistent coverage for Department of Defense personnel.
The agency also seeks a Pit Boss architecture that can work to collect data on targets via the proposed Blackjack constellation with military payloads.