Northrop Tests Laser Communication for U.S Army LEO Satellite Constellation

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Northrop Tests Laser Communication for U.S Army LEO Satellite Constellation

Northrop Grumman conducted ground demonstration of a secure networked laser communications system for proliferated-LEO constellations supporting the U.S. military.

Performed for Space Development Agency’s (SDA) leadership, the demonstration validated compatibility between commercially developed laser communication and secure U.S. government encryption hardware, providing a baseline for Northrop Grumman’s future proliferated space crosslink communications offerings including SDA’s Transport and Tracking programs.

Northrop Grumman selected Mynaric as a strategic supplier for laser communications in space, and Innoflight for encryption, decryption and other key aspects of Northrop Grumman’s architecture.

As the U.S. Department of Defense works to connect the joint force, Northrop Grumman’s space networking capabilities seek to play a vital role in providing secure global connectivity. Another step toward enabling this vision to connect the joint force is the recent announcement of a collaboration with AT&T to research and develop a 5G-enabled digital battle network.

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