Companies reveal plans for optical and RF data relay networks to address growing demand from satellite operators for high-speed data transfer.
Eleven organizations were selected by DARPA to help develop laser terminals and technical standards to connect satellites in space.
The Aerospace Corp. is establishing a network of remotely operated optical communications terminals to support existing and future small satellite missions.
SDA is seeking proposals for a demonstration of laser communications between orbiting satellites and aircraft in flight
Using Mynaric terminals, Northrop Grumman conducted a ground demonstration of optical communications for the U.S. Space Development Agency's LEO constellation.
BlueHalo won an $11 million contract from AFRL to develop a pair of optical laser communications terminals and a ground station.
CACI will deliver 40 optical communications terminals for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Blackjack satellites in low Earth orbit.
Mynaric has been selected to participate in a DARPA program to develop next-generation laser communications terminals.
Honeywell announced Dec. 15 it has teamed with telecommunications startup Skyloom to produce optical crosslink terminals for commercial and military satellites.
Hedron, the company formerly called Analytical Space, raised $17.8 million in a Series A fundraising round.
SpaceLink has awarded OHB System AG a contract with an anticipated value of more than $300 million to manufacture four satellites for its commercial space data relay constellation.
Hyperspectral analytics company HySpecIQ and optical communications specialist BridgeComm announced an agreement to integrate BridgeComm's high-speed optical downlink with HySpecIQ satellites destined for low Earth orbit.
DARPA is asking for ideas on how to make optical inter-satellite links that can connect government and commercial space communications systems in low Earth orbit.
British smallsat developer In-Space Missions has won a contract from the U.K. Ministry of Defence to build a satellite to test optical communications.
Satellite communications startup Analytical Space Inc. has hired former KSAT Inc. chief executive Katherine Monson as its chief commercial officer and Jose Velazco, former technical supervisor for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Advanced RF and Optical Technologies Group, as chief innovation officer.
The Space Development Agency is looking to work with commercial operators of imaging satellites so they can send data directly to U.S. government satellites in orbit.
A pair of cubesats built by General Atomics for the Space Development Agency will seek to demonstrate optical communications between satellites, and from satellites to a military drone aircraft.
The Space Development Agency needs “affordable” optical terminals that can be mass produced.
Satellite communications startup Analytical Space Inc. won a $26.4 million contract to develop and launch six cubesats and two hosted payloads to begin establishing Fast Pixel Network for optical communications.
Optical communications startup Xenesis is establishing revenue-sharing agreements with key suppliers.