National security space assets, critical to U.S. warfighting capabilities, traditionally reside in a GEO to deliver persistent overhead access to any point on the globe. To potentially replace these large systems, the Blackjack program seeks to establish an equally effective network in LEO using a constellation of four connected satellites.
The successful operation marks a significant achievement for BCT in the swift commissioning of multiple spacecraft. This paves the way for global, high-speed networks in LEO orbit and a continued growth of commoditized small satellite buses for LEO constellations and beyond.
“The Blackjack program is a perfect example of how RTX and Blue Canyon Technologies are working to solve the hardest problems in aerospace and defense,” said Chris Winslett, general manager for Blue Canyon Technologies.