Lockheed Martin has tapped Canadian space technology company MDA to design and develop antennas and related control electronics needed for the low Earth orbit satellites it is producing under a Space Development Agency program.
MDA said Tuesday it was awarded a contract that provides for GPS, Ka-Band and Link-16 antennas for 42 Lockheed satellites meant to join the SDA Tranche 1 Transport Layer constellation.
T1TL is envisioned to form a network of 126 space vehicles that are optically interconnected to enable low-latency, high-volume data transport communication. The system will become part of the National Defense Space Architecture.
Lockheed is among SDA’s awardees of prototype agreements to build up the program.