BridgeSat’s laser satellite terminals and ground services connect ICEYE’s next-gen microsatellite constellation
(21 May 2018 - BridgeSat) BridgeSat announced today a set of agreements to provide space laser terminals and data services to ICEYE, the world’s first commercial microsatellite synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) constellation. BridgeSat’s innovative, low-cost terminals and associated ground services give businesses and government agencies a faster, less expensive alternative to traditional radio frequency (RF) solutions for low earth orbit (LEO) and geostationary earth orbit (GEO) applications.
ICEYE provides turnkey data delivery and analytics services for commercial and government applications worldwide, including global disaster response, agricultural management, city planning, maritime port traffic management and forest management. It’s the first organization in the world to successfully deploy SAR satellites with a launch mass under 100 kg.
BridgeSat will provide ICEYE its Compact Laser Comms Terminals (CLCT), which provide up to 10 Gbps LEO downlinks in a compact form factor that weighs less than 2 kg. BridgeSat will also provide ground services through BridgeSat’s free-space optical network.
“Pioneers seek out other pioneers to change the world,” said Barry Matsumori, BridgeSat CEO. “We’re the first to commercialize laser-based free space optical communication and associated ground services, which are an ideal match for ICEYE, the world’s first commercial microsatellite synthetic aperture radar constellation.”
“By leveraging next-gen satellite technology, ICEYE is giving commercial and government users affordable new options for making informed decisions,” said Rafal Modrzewski, ICEYE CEO. “BridgeSat’s compact, low-cost, high-speed space laser communications terminals and ground services are key for achieving our goal of democratizing access to earth observation data.”
BridgeSat is enabling future space missions using optical communications solutions through a global network of ground stations and complimentary satellite terminals. These systems enable high bandwidth solutions for unique applications and complement RF in hybrid networks. BridgeSat has further developed applications for LEO and GEO satellite systems.