Proposal will augment near Earth communications with commercial optical data relay component supported by Laser Light
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — ATLAS Space Operations, Inc., a leading innovator in communications for the space industry, today announced NASA has awarded it a contract for the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program’s Space Relay Partnership and Services Study. Prime contractor ATLAS partnered in its proposal with Laser Light Communications, Inc, a leader in advanced optical communications and data distribution via its proprietary HALO Global Network. Both firms are founders of the Empower Space Alliance. As part of the contract, ATLAS will explore ways to help NASA enable new and greater scientific discovery, improve communication and navigation services, and reduce development and operations costs for both networks and missions.
During the evaluation process, NASA found that ATLAS’s proposal “would provide substantial value to the government through completion of its study.” In recognition of ATLAS’s promising technology and industry experience, ATLAS was the only small business that was awarded a contract.
“This study will enable us to outline and validate for NASA, the benefits of a secure, commercially-owned and operated solution for space-based optical communications in near Earth and Deep Space.”
“ATLAS is pleased to be among the selected community which represents the depth and breadth of the emerging field of optical communications,” said Sean McDaniel, CEO and Founder of ATLAS. “NASA’s awarding of this contract to participate in the study is the latest step in ATLAS’ mission to demonstrate the value of integrating advanced commercial communication technology in government applications. We are especially proud to be the only small business and new entrant in this sector, which represents NASA and the government’s interest in new approaches and applications in space communications.”
“Working with Atlas on its submission to NASA for this study, was a tangible extension of our existing relationship as founders and partners in the Empower Space Alliance,” said Bob Brumley, CEO, Laser Light. “This study will enable us to outline and validate for NASA, the benefits of a secure, commercially-owned and operated solution for space-based optical communications in near Earth and Deep Space.”
ATLAS Space Operations is at SATELLITE 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. from May 6-9, at booth 2142. There, attendees can learn more about this program. ATLAS industry experts will also be on hand to discuss the latest trends in space communications, including technology, security and the new space economy. To book interviews, please use the contact information below.