SAN FRANCISCO – Optical communications startup BridgeComm has announced a strategic partnership with satellite component supplier Space Micro to work together on the design, development and testing of optical communications technologies for U.S. government and commercial customers.
BridgeComm is working to establish a global network of ground stations and a constellation of laser communications in low earth orbit. BridgeComm plans to build on Space Micro’s expertise in the design, production and testing of space components.
“Over nearly two decades, Space Micro has built a remarkable team providing mission essential products for satellite operators, lunar missions and deep space exploration,” said BridgeComm CEO Barry Matsumori , in a press release. “Together, we will share our unique experiences, resources and engineering intelligence to drive continued growth and innovation” in optical communications.
Denver-based BridgeComm offers laser communication technology designed for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint transmissions for communication nodes in space, on land, in the air and at sea.
Space Micro, based in San Diego, sells a variety of satellite communications components, including the µLCT 100, a laser communications terminal designed to transmit data at a rate of 100 gigabits per second. The US Space Force Space Systems Center awarded Space Micro a $ 3 million contract in 2020 for a µLCT 100 terminal.
“We look forward to partnering with BridgeComm, especially as laser communication terminals are key to many new government initiatives,” Space Micro CEO David Czajkowski said in a statement. “BridgeComm’s commitment to realizing the enormous potential of optical communications for space applications, coupled with our commitment to provide highly reliable products, will make a difference not only for BridgeComm and Space Micro, but for the entire world. space industry. And it’s incredibly exciting.
Under the terms of the agreement announced on September 7, Space Micro will sell BridgeComm ground station equipment products and services to satellite communications customers. In addition, Space Micro will be BridgeComm’s partner for the sale of the small Bridgecomm satellite terminals.