BlueHalo Wins $11 Million Air Force Research Laboratory Contract for Flight Terminals and Optical Laser Communications Ground Station – Parabolic Arc

BlueHalo laser communication concept (Image credit: BlueHalo)

ARLINGTON, Virginia (BlueHalo PR) – BlueHalo has been awarded a contract to deliver a pair of optical laser communications proto flight terminals and a ground station to demonstrate in-orbit processing of satellite positioning and timing for the research laboratory of the Air Force at Kirtland Air Force Base. The work will be executed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed by February 2025. The contract will support the development and demonstration of key technologies: GEO-to-LEO optical uplinks and downlinks, space-to-ground links, positioning and timing accuracies over optical communication links, and interoperability with several optical communication standards.

“As a core technology area of ​​BlueHalo, our laser communication systems division is rapidly expanding its capabilities based on strong internal research and development programs,” said Vikram Manikonda, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of BlueHalo. “This cutting-edge contract will allow us to apply the company’s extensive experience in developing and fielding optical communications systems to continue to advance innovations in laser communications.”

BlueHalo’s Laser Communications Systems division is dedicated to the development of next-generation optical terminals and key enabler solutions. We specialize in high data rate communications, telemetry and timing services with low probability of intercept or detection (LPI/LPD) due to extremely narrow beamwidths.

“BlueHalo is excited about this opportunity to partner with the Air Force Research Laboratory to continue to advance optical communications technology,” said Dan Gillings, BlueHalo industry president. “A demonstration like this builds on our previous successes in the field and leverages our expertise in optical jitter control and precision pointing to achieve technological breakthroughs.”

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