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TESAT technology chosen for US core program

By Eric Van Rees - 1st April 2021 - 09:14

The development that ranges back to the laying of the cornerstone within the US NFIRE and TerraSar-X success in the year 2008, where TESAT first proved the functionality and capability of optical inter-satellite links in low Earth orbit (LEO), comes now to full bloom.

With the recent contract award between Lockheed Martin Space and TESAT for the Space Development Agency’s Transport Layer Tranche 0 program, the long-term partnership between the two companies is continued. TESAT will provide the ConLCT80, a Laser Communication Terminal (LCT) dedicated for the broadband LEO constellation market. The ConLCT80 is a miniaturization of the well-known heritage LCT135, which is flying currently on nine satellites, performing 1,000 optical inter-satellite links (OISL) monthly, more than 51,000 in total by now.

“We are proud to provide our laser communication terminal technology to Lockheed Martin Space and support the development of interoperable optical inter-satellite links for this very important Space Development Agency program. We look forward to working with Lockheed Martin Space and the Space Development Agency to provide our contribution to the Transport Layer Tranche 0 LEO constellation and beyond,” said Matthias Motzigemba, Head of Sales Laser Communication at TESAT.

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