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February 10th, 2020
Orbit Logic supporting SSCI for DARPA Blackjack Pit Boss by Staff Writers Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 06, 2020

Orbit Logic has announced today that they are a member of the Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI) Blackjack Pit Boss team for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The DARPA Blackjack program aims to demonstrate the capabilities of a proliferated low Earth orbit (P-LEO) system through a variety of on-orbit experiments using 20 low-cost small satellites, each carrying payloads relevant to select military missions.

Pit Boss is the computing and encryption hardware and modular software element of Blackjack that is intended to enable tasking, collection, processing, exploitation, and dissemination (TCPED) to occur autonomously on-orbit within the P-LEO constellation at mission speed. Orbit Logic is contributing software and engineering services for both ground software and flight software portions of SSCI’s Pit Boss solution.

BlackJack Dashboard View
Orbit Logic will provide space system autonomy software expertise to the SSCI team, with knowledge derived from development of their Autonomous Planning System (APS) flight software and SpyMeSat ground software. APS enables autonomous onboard planning and replanning in response to data requests and events, including coordination between satellites.

Orbit Logic’s SpyMeSat is a commercially available mobile app that enables users with the ability to browse and request commercial imagery data products and request new imagery tasks, while providing situational awareness of all on-orbit assets.

SSCI Vice President of Research and Development, Dr. Owen Brown stated, “SSCI is incredibly fortunate to have Orbit Logic as a part of our team. Their proven space software products and innovative, highly experienced engineering staff are vital assets for our development of a complex, first of its kind, autonomy system for satellite constellations.”