Capella Space announced on November 9 that it will start deploying optical communications terminals on the SAR (synthetic-aperture radar) satellites in the year 2022 as part of an effort to send data to DoD customers swiftly via the Space Development Agency’s low-Earth-orbit constellation.
Capella Space’s chief technology officer, Christian Lenz, stated in a statement, “Our team at Capella Space is happy to become the first commercial SAR firm to show interoperability with the SDA’s National Defense Space Architecture as well as standards.” “Enabling our satellites to quickly integrate with the current SDA architecture is a vital step in ensuring that we can collaborate seamlessly with the US defense and intelligence sectors.” We’re honored to be able to demonstrate this cutting-edge technology with the SDA.”
Capella chose Mynaric’s CONDOR Mk3 optical communications terminal for the purpose of sending data from its low-Earth-orbit satellites to government satellites and military base stations.
In late 2022, SDA expects to begin launching a mesh network of the satellites dubbed as Transport Layer. This agency is keen in collaborating with operators of the electro-optical, radar imaging, and other kinds of observation spacecraft which have optical crosslinks so that they can communicate directly with the Transport Layer. The idea, according to SDA, is to make it simpler for satellite providers to sell government data without having to install it to ground stations.
Mynaric Chief Executive Officer Bulent Altan stated in a statement, “We are thrilled to be chosen as optical communications terminal supplier for Capella Space’s integration work with the SDA.” “Our recently disclosed CONDOR Mk3 is completely compliant with the SDA’s interoperability standard and a perfect fit for Capella’s creative strategy to merge commercial capabilities with the governmental customers,” says the company.
When Mynaric debuted CONDOR Mk3 in the month of August at Space Symposium situated in Colorado Springs, the business stated that deliveries will begin in the 4th quarter of 2022 to an unknown customer who had acquired options for up to 20 units. Capella was the customer in question, according to Mynaric.
In 2022, Mynaric will deploy one terminal to Capella for an early 2023 in-space interoperability demo with SDA. By the end of 2022, the business expects to increase CONDOR terminal production to the high double digits every month.
Capella has built ties with US government agencies such as the US Air Force, US Army, US Navy, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, US Space Force, and SDA in the last year. Capella is also supported by In-Q-Tel, the nonprofit investment arm of the US intelligence community.