DARPA Selects Parsons To Prototype Ground Operations For Blackjack Mission
CENTREVILLE, VA (Jan. 19, 2021) – In December 2021, Parsons Corporation (NYSE: PSN) was awarded an $11 million sole-source contract to plan, standup, and demonstrate a prototype ground operations center (GOC) in support of Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) Blackjack flight demonstration activities. The new contract represents Parsons continued commitment to delivering innovative solutions for customers across the space domain and is a follow-on to a phase II small business innovation research (SBIR) contract won by Braxton Technologies, LLC prior to Parsons’ 2020 acquisition of the software company.
“We are excited to bring Parsons’ space expertise to DARPA and the Blackjack program through this advanced ground operations prototype,” said Ed Baron, senior vice president of Parsons’ space mission solutions. “Through this expansion of our offering and the ground center operations as a service model, our teams will enable the Blackjack program to autonomously fly their satellites from a wide scope of global ground sites, utilizing Parsons’ expertise in satellite operations and mission planning.”
Parsons will develop and demonstrate the ground operations center plan, perform mission planning, execute flight operations, and design and configure the operations facility to support satellite demo mission operations, including orbit monitoring, maneuvering, vehicle health and status, and other flight operations requirements. The company will also deliver end-to-end network connectivity between the GOC and commercial ground station providers, enabling global coverage for the Blackjack mission.
For decades, Parsons has focused on unlocking the potential of space, leveraging innovative technologies and deep expertise in space operations, small satellite development, launch integration, and space domain awareness to deliver mission-critical solutions to government and commercial agencies.
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