MCLEAN, Virginia, August 2, 2021 / PRNewswire / – SpaceLink, a company that builds the communications highway for the space economy, has announced that it has been selected by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), director of International Space Station US National Laboratory, for a funded demonstration of its end-to-end relay service that provides secure, continuous and high-capacity communications between spacecraft and the ground. The demonstration will validate the use of a 10 gigabits per second optical terminal, for the exchange of voice, video and data in real time between the ISS crew, on-board systems, experiments and users terrestrial.
In a highly competitive process, made available to companies and research teams to propose technological development concepts that can be used in low earth orbit (LEO), the SpaceLink concept was selected by CASIS. With this selection, SpaceLink can advance its potential flight project proposal to the in-orbit technology research and development outpost sponsored by the ISS National Lab. The SpaceLink Relay Network is designed to pick up where NASA’s Satellite Tracking and Data Relay System (TDRSS) left off and go beyond with unprecedented capacity that takes advantage of the latest technological advancements in the field. optical communications.
“Our demonstration on the ISS is the first step in proving SpaceLink’s capabilities to advance space science and the emerging space economy,” said David Paris, CEO of SpaceLink. “The CASIS funding marks an important milestone in SpaceLink’s roadmap to deliver massive bandwidth to organizations that need real-time connectivity between space and ground.
With the proliferation of LEO spacecraft, the demand for fast, continuous and high capacity in-orbit connectivity continues to grow. SpaceLink is designed to help conclude the business case for Earth observation companies, commercial space stations, satellite services, space launchers and tugs. It also meets the requirements of the US government and its close allies who wish to take advantage of secure industrial solutions to maximize their capabilities.
On July 28, 2021 CASIS has informed SpaceLink of its intention to award a user contract. A fully executed agreement with the program schedule and milestone deliverables is expected to be reached in the coming months.
SpaceLink will help move humanity forward into a new era of space commerce, exploration, environmental awareness and security. The Always in Sight ™ data relay system provides global coverage to enable space system operators to maximize the use of their assets. SpaceLink Corporation is headquartered in the Washington DC and has offices in Silicon Valley, California. It is a wholly owned US subsidiary of Electro Optic Systems Holdings Limited, a public company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
About the International Space Station (ISS) US National Laboratory
The International Space Station (ISS) is a unique laboratory that enables research and technological development not possible on Earth. As a public service company, the ISS National Lab enables researchers to take advantage of this multi-user facility to improve life on Earth, evolve space business models, advance scientific knowledge of the future workforce. work and develop a sustainable and scalable market in low earth orbit. Through this national orbiting laboratory, ISS research resources are available to support non-NASA science, technology, and education initiatives by U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) manages the national laboratory of the ISS, as part of a cooperation agreement with NASA, facilitating access to its permanent research environment in microgravity, a powerful point of view in low earth orbit and the extreme and varied conditions of space. . To learn more about the ISS National Lab, visit www.ISSNationalLab.org.
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