The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has unveiled a funding opportunity forÂ the potentialÂ integration of military payloads withÂ commercial satellite buses as part of theÂ Blackjack demonstration program.
A FedBizOpps notice posted Friday stated thatÂ DARPA seeks approachesÂ toÂ incorporateÂ functional constellationÂ layers, such asÂ overhead persistent infraredÂ sensors, and payload systemsÂ into an integrated architecture forÂ data transport in low-Earth orbit.
According to DARPA, each satellite bus-payload pairing wouldÂ accommodate a node in a specific layer. Additionally, the agency intends to expand the number of satellites in each layer to further coverage across regions.
The projects looks to support Department of DefenseÂ missions such as positioning, navigation and timing;Â space-based surface moving target indication; andÂ missile threatÂ monitoring.
DARPA expects to award multiple spots under a $20M contract in line with the initiative.
Interested parties have until June 14 to field questions about the broad agency announcement andÂ until July 26 to submitÂ proposals.