DARPA Selects SpaceLink To Join Its Proliferated Space Domain Program

SpaceLink and other partners will help DARPA study and create protocols for how commercial communications constellations will interact with Department of Defense (DoD) systems in the future.

FREMONT, CA: "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. DARPA's vision of interoperability will unlock the value of the proliferating commercial remote sensing constellations for U.S. government agencies. We are gratified to share our technical insights with regard to command and control and API development." says David Nemeth, Senior Vice President of Systems Engineering at SpaceLink.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Strategic Technology Office (STO) chose SpaceLink to get a contract because it can send secure data anytime. SpaceLink will participate in the Space-Based Adaptive Communications Node (Space-BACN) program, which is meant to connect the many different space domains.

SpaceLink is building a group of relay satellites in MEO that will use optical intersatellite links to speed up communication between spacecraft in orbit and people on the ground. SpaceLink will use its technical knowledge to help improve the application program interface (API) and Space-BACN Technical Area 3's algorithms (TA3). SpaceLink can also help with simulations and tests that help decide how and where Space-BACN reconfigurable optical communications terminals will be used.

SpaceLink is working with Parsons Corporation on a technical plan to support the Space-BACN program. This plan combines Parsons' existing enterprise scheduling and tasking software with the SpaceLink optical relay network. Together, they will make it possible for satellites to talk to each other using optical terminals that can change in orbit to work with different optical standards used by different satellite systems.

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