Several payloads are anticipated to hover around the lower region of the earth’s orbit when the year is coming to an end as well as the onset of next year respectively, and this will be carried out by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, this has come about when the agency is planning to launch its satellite as an experiment of the Blackjack program
The Blackjack program was initiated back twenty-eighteen by DARPA’S Tactical Technology Office, which was displaying the soldierly efficacy of the earth’s lower orbit sets and mesh networks of the satellites that are less costly. It is projected that around the year 2022 around twenty satellites will be launched
Mandrake 1 will be the first show off, it is a CubeSat that will convey processing chips for supercomputers, and Mandrake 2 will be the second one; it comes in pairs of small satellites, and it will be transmitting optical inter-satellite links for communication network data known as broadbands. The Tactical Technology Office says that this could create an opportunity in the days to come for visual topology or meshed networks in LEO.
The wildcard is the last payload, and it is programmed to launch as well, it is a radio that specializes in software correctly, and it is set to experiment with links coming from LEO going to the tactically-based receivers; however, the launch plans and details have not been agreed upon
Paul Thomas, who happens to be the person heading the Blackjack program says that Mandrake 1 and 2 will hover in detached launches both of them going separately, he further said that there are high chances that Mandrake 2 and Wildcard could be launched at the same time. It could be unclear of how the pandemic situation would impact the forthcoming launch.
The Blackjack program’s main objective is to construct a satellite that incurs less cost compared to the old soldierly spacecraft through the usage of sensors that can be made to fit into different vehicles that have more than one provider in a range of two million dollars or less than.
Thomas highlighted that they were fixated on the vehicles and payloads than the Pit Boss which is an autonomous mission management system, he further said that the two payloads which come first would be combined and launched around the mid of the year 2021 and the remaining set the following year
The agency is looking at vehicles from three companies, namely; Blue Canyon Technologies, Telesat, and Airbus, which have a review that has been designed, but the final decision on which vehicle to choose will happen this vivid year.