BridgeComm, an optical communications startup, has established a strategic relationship with Space Micro, a satellite component supplier, to collaborate on designing, developing, and evaluating optical communications technologies for government and commercial customers in the United States. BridgeComm is developing a worldwide network of ground stations as well as a low-Earth-orbit laser communications constellation. BridgeComm intends to use Space Micro’s expertise in space component design, production, and testing.
BridgeComm Chief Executive Officer Barry Matsumori stated in a statement, “Over approximately twenty years, Space Micro has created a fantastic team supplying mission-critical technologies for satellite providers, lunar missions, and deep space exploration.” “Together, we will combine our unique expertise, resources, and the engineering intelligence to promote sustained development and innovation” in optical communications, according to the statement. BridgeComm, based in Denver, provides point-to-point as well as point-to-multipoint laser communications solutions for the communications nodes on land, in space, at sea, and in the air. The LCT 100, which is a laser communications terminal capable of transmitting data at a speed of 100 gigabits for every second, is one of the satellite communications components sold by Space Micro, which is based in San Diego. The United States Space Force Space Systems Center handed Space Micro a deal in 2020 worth $3 million for the µLCT 100 terminal.
Space Micro, a satellite component provider, was given a $3 million contract by the US Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center for the laser communications terminal capable of transmitting data at a speed of 100 gigabits for every second. The award is the result of Space Micro’s November presentation at the Air Force Space Pitch Day. The Air Force granted $750,000 in the Small Business Innovation Research deals during the event and asked companies to propose more work. In March, San Diego-centered Space Micro and Space and Missile Systems Center, which is now part of the US Space Force, reached an agreement that increased the value of Space Micro’s award to $3 million.
The LCT 100 Laser Communications Terminal has been qualified by Space Micro, but it has not yet flown. Later this year, it will be launched on a satellite. According to Space Micro Chief Executive Officer David Strobel, the consumer cannot be identified.
In a statement, Space Micro Chief Executive Officer David Czajkowski said, “We are looking forward to cooperating with BridgeComm, notably as the laser communications terminals are vital to many new government programs.” “BridgeComm’s determination to realize the immense promise of optical communications for the space applications, combined with our commitment to delivering extremely dependable solutions, will shift the needle not only for Space Micro and BridgeComm but for the whole space industry,” says the company. And that excites me tremendously.” Space Micro is going to sell BridgeComm ground station infrastructure and services to satellite communications clients under the terms of the agreement announced September 7. BridgeComm will also work with Space Micro to sell Bridgecomm tiny satellite terminals.