Military Embedded Systems

DARPA awards Pit Boss contract to SEAKR for satellite program


October 10, 2019

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

CENTENNIAL, Colo. SEAKR Engineering, Inc. (SEAKR) has been awarded a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Pit Boss contract supporting the Blackjack Proliferated Low Earth Orbit Demonstration Program. Key contributors to SEAKR's Pit Boss effort are Microsoft, Applied Technology Associates (ATA), Advanced Solutions Inc. (ASI), Kythera Space Solutions and NKrypt.

DARPA's Blackjack program focuses on integrating commercial satellite technologies into a constellation of small and secure military satellites. SEAKR's Pit Boss solution will support the BlackJack program's mission as a next generation on-board processor leveraging off-the-shelf electronics adapted through design implementation to function reliably in space.

SEAKR's Pit Boss aims to deliver processing capability incorporating autonomous operations, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning techniques, and bridged terrestrial and on-orbit technologies.

SEAKR's processing system for DARPA's Blackjack program leverages four generations of architectural capability supporting the full spectrum of payload processing performance requirements, with a high level of on-orbit reconfigurable processing capability.


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