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Raytheon Designs Pit Boss for DARPA

By | November 19, 2019

DARPA Blackjack Satellites. Photo: DARPA

Raytheon is designing Pit Boss, an autonomous mission management system for The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s (DARPA’s) Blackjack satellite constellation, with prime Scientific Systems Company.

The Blackjack constellation will operate in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO). It will network sensors together with a goal to provide persistent global coverage for many applications, including missile warning. Pit Boss aims to use an advanced architecture, processors, and encryption to autonomously collect and process data from the entire Blackjack constellation. It is also envisioned to be able to incorporate future advanced algorithms, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).

“Pit Boss connects the brains of each Blackjack satellite, making it one exceptionally smart, networked system,” said Mike Rokaw, director for Raytheon Space Systems. “Rather than sending data down to a ground station for processing, which takes time we don’t have, Pit Boss will send data from space straight to the right operator at the right time.”