BridgeSat, NASA sign agreement for laser communications

BridgeSat has announced an industry-first agreement with NASA designed to develop a commercialized laser-based free space optical communication system that could support the agency´s future missions as they transition to optical communications, the company said.

The reimbursable agreement is the latest milestone in BridgeSat´s mission to revolutionize global communications with a free-space optical network for low earth orbit (LEO) satellites that´s faster and less expensive than traditional radio frequency (RF) solutions.

BridgeSat will work with NASA´s Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate and the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate on a reimbursable basis.

BridgeSat is enabling the future of space using optical communications solutions through a global network of ground stations and space terminals. These systems will enable high bandwidth solutions for unique applications as well as complement RF in hybrid networks. BridgeSat has further developed applications for LEO and GEO satellite systems.