DARPA solicits proposals for Blackjack's Pit Boss technology
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is calling for industry input into a software development effort known as Pit Boss, which will demonstrate space-based autonomous command-and-control and data processing to support the agency's highly watched Blackjack program.
Pit Boss is an autonomous mission management system being built for Project Blackjack, a DARPA initiative to demonstrate the value of a large proliferated constellation of low earth orbit satellites for a variety of military uses.
DARPA's Project Blackjack will demonstrate how an on orbit mesh network can help the military. In an interview with C4ISRNET, Project Manager Paul “Rusty” Thomas explains the path forward for the experimental constellation.
"This language from the SASC serves notice that they intend to keep a close eye on the NRO’s commercial remote sensing program," observed Keith Masback, a former senior defense and intelligence official.