LGS Innovations has been selected to develop optical communication terminals meant to facilitate communication between two micro-satellites of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in low-Earth orbit.
LGS will build a pair of lightweight, low-power laser communication terminals that DARPA plans to launch on the agency’s small satellites as part of the Inter-Satellite Communication Link initiative, the company said Wednesday.
“Small satellites represent the next generation of global communication technologies,” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations.
Kelly added that a constellation of small-satellites will help the armed forces send and receive data from around the planet.
DARPA launched the Inter-Satellite Communication Link project in a bid to enable satellites that weigh less than 100 pounds to directly communicate with each other.