Orbital awarded Phase 2 contract for System F6 satellite program by DARPA

  • 08-Jan-2010 03:29 EST

In System F6, traditional spacecraft are replaced by clusters of wirelessly interconnected spacecraft modules, which perform a subset of the tasks performed by a large classical spacecraft and work together in a cluster to provide the same overall effective mission capability.

DARPA has awarded Orbital Sciences Corp. a Phase 2 contract to develop the final design for System F6 (Future Fast, Flexible, Fractionated, Free-Flying Spacecraft). The objective of the System F6 program is to develop and demonstrate the basic building blocks of a radically new space architecture in which traditional large, multifunctional spacecraft are replaced by clusters of wirelessly interconnected spacecraft modules. In the next phase, Orbital will be responsible for the detailed design and ground testing of the new technologies, architectures, and programmatic concepts required to successfully fractionate a space system. These include wireless data communications, cluster flight operations, distributed spacecraft computing systems, rapidly relocatable ground systems, and value-centric design methodologies.

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