Telesat Forms Commercial Satellite Tech Demo Partnerships With General Dynamics, Ball Aerospace

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Telesat has partnered with General Dynamics and Ball Aerospace to demonstrate space-based data exploitation and processing approaches with the use of commercial satellite technology.

The partnerships will use Telesat-built satellite and network emulation systems for live demo events in support of the U.S. Air Force’s Commercially Augmented Space Inter Networked Operations program, the company said Tuesday.

CASINO aims to operationalize the Blackjack project introduced by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency with the goal of establishing a global miltary communications network in low-Earth orbit.

General Dynamics’ mission systems business will help Telesat demonstrate the possibility of a military satellite-commercial LEO constellation handoff.

“Our goal is to integrate government and commercial networks to create a global, space-based infrastructure that can readily bypass terrestrial networks that are vulnerable to attack and outages,” said Manny Mora, vice president and general manager of space and intelligence systems at General Dynamics.

The Ball Aerospace-Telesat team intends to showcase the potential of the latter’s Phase 1 LEO satellite to process data streams when integrated with the former’s phased array antenna technology installed at a Microsoft-run data center.

The companies will download links into the Azure cloud platform and process these with algorithms as part of the live test.

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