Six months after SDA satellites launched, Tesat says it has proven interoperability with competitor’s terminal in ground test

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — Satellite laser communications terminal (LCT) builder Tesat Spacecom’s announcement that it had completed interoperability tests with a competitor’s terminal for the U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) adds to the confusion about the LCT program’s status at SDA.

Backnang, Germany-based Tesat, which is building an LCT production facility in Florida, on Oct. 26 said its terminal “successfully established a consistent data-communications link” with both a reference modem and with a competitor’s terminal, both operating on SDA’s technical standard.

Tesat LCTs are already aboard the SDA’s . . .

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