Starlink’s satellite lasercom terminals have not gone through SDA interoperability testing. Will that hurt future sales?

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — SpaceX’s decision to sell its Starlink satellite laser communications technology commercially looks to have come too late to catch the next wave of broadband constellations but over time could pose a real challenge to smaller companies still trying to establish a foothold in the same business.

The Telesat Lightspeed, Rivada Space Networks and Kepler Communications Aether constellations have already selected their laser communications terminal (LCT) providers.

For other constellations yet to make the decision, SpaceX’s decision . . .

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