DARPA selects SpaceLink to connect proliferating space domain

SpaceLink, a company that provides secure data from any orbit, anytime, announced that it has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Office of Strategic Technologies (STO) for the award of a contract. SpaceLink will participate in the Space-based adaptive communication node (Space-BACN) program designed to connect the proliferating space domain.

SpaceLink is building a constellation of relay satellites in MEO which use optical inter-satellite links to speed up communications between spacecraft in orbit and users on the ground. Along with other contributors, SpaceLink will help DARPA study and develop protocols for how commercial communications constellations will interact with Department of Defense (DoD) systems in a space-to-space interconnected future.

“DARPA’s Space-BACN program is well-aligned with our mission to provide continuous, high-capacity, real-time links to deliver data from space to the warfighter,” said David Nemeth, senior vice president of DARPA. systems engineering at SpaceLink. “DARPA’s vision of interoperability will unlock the value of proliferating commercial remote sensing constellations for US government agencies. We are happy to share our technical knowledge in command and control and API development. »

SpaceLink will contribute its technical knowledge in the development of the application program interface (API) and algorithms included in the Space-BACN 3 (TA3) technical domain. SpaceLink will also have the ability to support simulation and testing that informs the deployment and use of Space-BACN reconfigurable optical communications terminals.

SpaceLink partners with Parsons Corporation (NYSE: PSN) on a technical approach to support the Space-BACN program by combining Parsons’ existing corporate task planning and assignment Software with the SpaceLink optical relay network. Together, they will enable space-to-space optical communications terminals that can be dynamically changed in orbit to adapt and speak through various optical standards used by different satellite systems.

The awarding of the Space-BACN contract marks an important milestone in the SpaceLink roadmap. The company also recently announcement it has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Technical Center (SMDTC) in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. In March 2022, SpaceLink received the President’s Award for Outstanding Innovation from the MSUA.

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