Military Embedded Systems

Raytheon's Pit Boss equipped with autonomous mission management


November 19, 2019

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Raytheon is designing Pit Boss, an autonomous mission management system for DARPA's Blackjack satellite constellation, with prime Scientific Systems Company, Incorporated.

According to the company, the Blackjack constellation will operate in low Earth orbit. It will network sensors together with a goal to provide persistent global coverage for many applications, including missile warning.

Pit Boss aims to use advanced architecture, processors, and encryption to autonomously collect and process data from the entire Blackjack constellation. Incorporating future advanced algorithms, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, is another goal of Raytheon's.

While each individual Blackjack sensor can perform onboard processing, Pit Boss is the data collection and processing data hub. By fusing the sensor data together, decision-making speeds up, transitioning from what is known as operator-in-the-loop to operator-on-the-loop methodology.



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