BridgeSat opens world’s first NOC for laser satellite communications
(5 March 2018 - BridgeSat) BridgeSat announced today the opening of its network operations center (NOC), the world’s first for free-space optical communications. The opening is an industry milestone toward revolutionizing global communications with a laser-based ground network for low earth orbit (LEO) and geostationary earth orbit (GEO) satellites that’s faster and less expensive than traditional radio frequency (RF) solutions.
Located in Denver, the new BridgeSat NOC provides monitoring, management and control for all operational functions, including the optical ground station (OGS) network and customer payload repository. The facility also:
- Performs 24/7/365 All Weather Optical Mission Planning that generates validated, de-conflicted, optimized contact schedules for the BridgeSat OGS network to meet customer daily data downlink requirements. Contact scheduling and data transfer monitoring is fully automated and accounts for dynamically changing site weather conditions, bandwidth availability, updated customer requirements, site status, mission priorities, and the latest customer satellite orbit data.
- Supports system performance monitoring to ensure that the system continually meets customer requirements and expectations.
Supervises the backup sites that help ensure reliability for mission-critical communications.
- Implements the latest in cloud storage methodologies and secure high speed transfer of Customer’s satellite data.
- Supports incident reporting and resolution, such as service desk inquires and trouble tickets.
“With the opening of the world’s first NOC for laser satellite communications, BridgeSat has once again delivered an innovation that will help revolutionize satellite system architectures,” said Barry Matsumori, BridgeSat CEO. “It’s a milestone for businesses and government agencies that want a new satellite communications option, and it shows that for BridgeSat, ‘Space 2.0’ isn’t just marketing hype.”
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.