Manufacturer with long-time heritage in laser communication selected for US governmental program.

TESAT continues its success story for broadband laser communication in space. 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.

About Tesat – At TESAT in Backnang, around 1,000 employees develop, manufacture and distribute systems and equipment for telecommunications via satellite. The product range spans from smallest space-specific components to modules, entire assemblies or payloads. As the world’s only provider and technology leader of in-orbit-verified optical terminals for data transmission via laser (LCTs), TESAT has a focus on commercial and institutional space programs.